Lip Augmentation (Lip Implant) by Wave Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Laser Center
There are surgical and non surgical procedures to enchance the appearance of the lips. Good candidates for lip augmentation are those with thin lips or patients with normal lips that want a fuller appearance. Injections or implants can enhance a natural look, but they’re not designed to create a radical change in your appearance.
As with any medical procedure, you should tell your doctor of any allergies or any medications that you are taking, and you will be required to discuss your medical history. Certain conditions or diseases can increase your chances of complications, such as history of oral herpes, blood clots, or poor circulation. If you are a smoker, this may also be a complicating factor.
Implant and Surgery - More invasive procedures are done in our certified outpatient surgery center. Most procedures can be done under straight local anesthesia but mostly are done in conjunction with IV sedation to make patients more comfortable. Implantables can vary from using Alloderm (dermal matrix), fascia, or fat. Each individual’s needs are different so it is very important to have a consultation.
NON SURGICAL PROCEDURES
Injectable Fillers - This procdure is performed in the office setting with local anesthesia to make you more comfortable. The local anesthetic (pain killer) may be topical (applied to the skin) or injected prior to the procedure. Most common material used in the lips are hylauronic acids(Juvederm, Artefill, etc.).
Full lips with an accentuated border have often been associated with beauty and youth. However the ideal size of lips has changed over the decades with the current trend towards fuller lips. It has been suggested that this is because the lips occupy both sides of the face and, with the smile, constitute a major focal point of overall facial beauty. Tribal peoples worldwide have introduced various materials into and through the upper and lower lips of both genders to enhance beauty. Unfortunately, one of the effects of human aging is atrophy of facial fat including the lips. In most cultures, this translates as no longer attractive, youthful nor desirable. The procedure to enlarge lips can also reduce the fine lines and wrinkles above the top lip, flaws often referred to as “smoker’s lines.”
Around 1900, surgeons tried injecting paraffin into the lips without success. Liquid silicone was used for lip enhancement, starting in the early 1960s but was abandoned thirty years later due to general—and later, unfounded—fears about the effects of silicone on general health.
About 1980, injectable bovine collagen was introduced to the cosmetic surgery market and became the standard against which other injectable fillers were measured. However, that collagen does not last very long and requires an allergy test, causing the patient to wait at least three weeks before another appointment, after which more waiting is required to see cosmetic results.
Since 2000, more products and techniques have been developed to make lip augmentation more effective and patient friendly. The relative ease of many injections is due to surgeons using tiny 30 and 31 gauge (about as thick as a dozen human hairs) needles that are used to inject the very sensitive lips. Nonetheless, topical anesthesias are often used for lip enhancement procedures.
Some of these new techniques and substances include.
Where does Fillers improve?
What is Lip Augmentation?
Lip implants are an effective surgical procedure for adding immediate, long-lasting volume to thin lips. Incisions are usually made at the corners of the lips under local or general anesthesia; then an implant is inserted into one lip, or into both the upper and lower lip.
Compared to dermal fillers for lip augmentation, such as Juvederm, Radiesse or Collagen, lip implants are chosen by patients seeking semi-permanent or permanent lip augmentation.
Is it right for me?
A Lip Augmentation/Enhancement can only be performed surgically; non-surgical treatments cannot achieve the same results, but may help delay the time at which a Lip Surgery becomes appropriate and complement the results of surgery. Lip Augmentation surgery is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires to to try to fit any sort of ideal image.
Lip Augmentation surgery is a good option for you if:
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