Lip augmentation is an elective cosmetic procedure that can give fuller and plumper lips. An accentuated border with fuller lips is associated with beauty and youth. Injectable dermal filler is the most commonly used method of lip augmentation. There are many types of dermal fillers that can be injected into the lips and around the mouth to change the dimensions, structure and appearance of the mouth and the lips. It is necessary to use naturally occurring substances in our body to be used as fillers. Hyaluronic acid is one of such a natural substance found in our body. It helps increase volume of the lips once injected. These are called dermal fillers and also known as "hyaluronic acid fillers”. These fillers occupy both sides of our face, giving a fuller appearance which accentuates the face and, the smile. Procedures to enlarge lips can also reduce the fine lines and wrinkles in and around lips and moth. Lip augmentation procedures are simple but need a much trained cosmetic surgeon with a very high aesthetic sense and ability to visualize the overall impact of the procedure for the patient. This is an elective surgery and not a medical emergency. It is advised for the patient to evaluate all the pros and cons of the procedure before the planned procedure.
Injectable lip augmentation techniques can be performed rapidly in the OPD settings in the procedure room. The procedure begins with an application of local anaesthetic agent to ease the discomfort. Sometime local anaesthesia is given by injection for complete numbness.
The surgeon carefully marks the area were the filer are to be injected. Very fine needles are After carefully marking the areas to be injected, very fine needles are used to inject the substance into the lips.
Following injection, ice is applied to ease discomfort and control swelling. firm pressure should not be put on the treatment area. Side effects of hyaluronic acid fillers are temporary and should only last a few days. Swelling, bruising, redness and tenderness at the site of the injection are most common. In few cases there could be Bleeding from the injection sites.
More serious side effects or risks may include Severe and prolonged swelling or bruising lasting one week to 10 days, Lip asymmetry (parts of lips are different sizes), Lumps and irregularities in the lips, Infection, Injection into a blood vessel causing tissue loss, Ulceration, scarring, or stiffening of the lip, Allergic reaction causing redness, swelling, or itching around the lips. Initially painkiller are provided for relief from the symptoms. Over the period of 1 month the swelling settles down and the lips colour return to normal.
Lipstick or other lip products are best avoided immediately after the procedure.
Patient notices the difference immediately. After the complete healing the lips bear a natural look. Prior to the procedure patient must discuss the medical history, allergies if any and other concomitant diseases and medication status if any with the doctor.
The lip augmentation surgeries are for the patients, who are in need for youthful looks and appearance; the procedure is safe and the post-procedure appearance is very natural in terms of shape, structure and volume.
Is the Lip augmentation procedure with filler permanent?
NO; it is not a permanent procedure. With time the fillings can get sagged and loose. One shall need to repeat the procedure after few years.
What are the side effect following this procedure?
Slight pain, scarring and itching will be present; this shall disappear slowly.
Will I be sedated during the procedure?
You shall receive local anaesthesia before and during the procedure.
Do I need to visit the doctor for dressing following the procedure?
YNo. the bruises are minor and heal with application of local medicines. In case of lumps, sever pain, bleeding you need to visit the doctor immediately.
Can I eat normal diet following the procedure?
Yes; it is recommended not to eat very hot food so that no irritation is caused to the tender lips.
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