Lip augmentation, also known as lip enhancement, is a procedure that changes the size and shape of the lips and results in fuller, plumper lips.
Overview of Lip Augmentation
Lips are one of the most essential features of our face that can even lead to a more beautiful smile. Some individuals always complain about their thin lips. They are dissatisfied with the appearance, shape and size of their lips. In most cases, lips tend to lose shape and volume as we age and can actually be a new source of lines and wrinkles. This procedure can be done with a beautiful smile design by a dentist to reach a full shiny smile that can help the person to a have more confident and effective life.
Type of Lip Augmentation
- Temporary: minimal invasive methods, using fillers like hyaluronic acid
- Permanent: requires surgery, using fat injections
Lip Augmentation Recommended For:
Adults who wants plumper lips.
Before Lip Augmentation
The surgeon takes a medical history and performs a physical exam, lab tests and, in some patients, an EKG or Mammogram 30 days prior to surgery. Patients should avoid certain medicines include Aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplement prior to the surgery. They should stop smoking two weeks before and post-surgery.
During Lip Augmentation
The patients undergo general or local anesthesia during the procedure. The surgeon makes small incisions within the natural contours of the abdomen. After that, the surgeon inserts a flexible tube through the incisions to sculpt the abs and removes excess fat along the lines of the patient’s abdominal muscles. In the end, the incisions are closed with stitches. The procedure takes about one hour.
After Lip Augmentation
Patients will be able to return home the same day as surgery. They should wear a compression garment for three to six weeks after the procedure, which should only be removed when bathing. Swelling, pain and bruising are common for a few days after the surgery. They will be able to return to normal activities after a week. They should avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting for about three weeks. The full effect of surgery should be noticed within six months.