Which are the main lip augmentation methods?

  • Lipofilling
  • Hyaluronic acid augmentation
  • Permanent silicone implants

What does hyaluronic acid lip augmentation involve?

Hyaluronic acid lip augmentation is the most frequent technique for temporary lip augmentation and being the most recommended by specialists. It involves injecting the substance, a universal component of the space between the cells, the procedure itself being easy to perform.

In most cases, for the intervention, the anesthetic cream is enough, but you can also call for numbing the area with the help of an injection (for more sensitive persons). The hyaluronic acid offers a natural lip volume and it softens the fine lines.

Did you knew that the hyaluronic acid is a natural skin compound? Eh, well its production decreases as time goes by.

What is its contribution?

The hyaluronic acid assures normal hydration of the dermis and so it assures the fresh, tonic skin aspect. Researches in the dermatology domain showed that this substance is, medically speaking, the safest and with maximum efficiency in lip augmentation and correction, and not only. Hyaluronic acid is injected only with special medical techniques in the lips or in the skin texture.

Which can be the side effects?

For the donating area: bruising, swelling, 24hours sensibility of anesthetic liquid drainage.

The treated area: bruising, swelling, increased sensibility.

The swelling effect will intensify the third day, but it will gradually decrease. For these areas, a bag with water and ice or thermal gel usage is recommended to decrease the bruises. If the bruising is extended, it could last for a few time, but it can be covered with make up.

To what type of patient is not recommended?

  • Bleeding disorders
  • Sugar diabetes
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Patients without adipose tissue
  • Pregnancy and breast feeding
  • Cancers
  • Immunosuppressive or corticoid treatments
  • Cutaneous infections
  • Anticoagulant treatment

What is the operatory time?

The intervention takes up to one hour and local anesthesia is being used.

What are the advantages?

  • It physiologically resorbs
  • Non allergenic
  • It has the capacity of giving the wanted lip volume for enough time
  • The effect is reversible

Here are the elements to think about when you choose hyaluronic acid lip augmentation, because there are many techniques, or better said options, for having the wanted result:

  • Mouth corners lift
  • Underlining the lips contour: which acts on the natural shape of the lips, by surrounding linear injecting
  • Mouth corner wrinkle correction
  • Lifting the superior lip line
  • Augmenting the inferior lip
  • Augmenting both lips

Are you afraid of pain?

The hyaluronic acid injection doesn’t hurt. You will feel just an easy discomfort during and after the intervention. The injection is made with an extremely thin needle, under local anesthetic. The area will be previously anesthetized either with anesthetic gel, either by a local anesthesia with an intraoral infiltration.

How long does the effect lasts?

Medium 6 – 9 months, depending on one’s metabolism and the type of hyaluronic acid used. If a new injection is wanted after this period, this will be made with a smaller quantity. If, after this period, you will not want to have another intervention, you must know that the lips return to their initial shape, without long term side effects.

What are the side effects?

Right after the injection, a swelling (hump) and/or bruise can emerge.These can appear because of the injection, but it is not necessarily. Don not worry because they will disappear in 2-3 days after treatment. After the procedure, in a 24hours interval, you will be able to retake your daily activities. First 24hours, exhausting physical workout, alcohol and sunlight exposure must be avoided.

To who is not recommended?

Persons who have:

  • Folliculitis
  • Herpes
  • Anesthesia allergies
  • Pregnancy
  • Previous injection with unknown products
  • Unrealistic expectations

What are the after the intervention recommendations?

After the injection you need to apply a cold compress for 30 minutes and to gently massage the area, for the substance to uniformly dissipate.

After the anesthesia the normal sensation of the lips will return in maximum 1-2 hours. In all this time it is not recommended to drink warm or hot liquids.

Sometimes small bruises can appear in the injection points, but they retreat as time goes by. The final results will be noticeable after 7 days, when the eventual asymmetries can be corrected.

Depending on the wanted result and on the discussion with the doctor, the optimal solution for lip augmentation will be chosen. Each woman has an idea on the result and what treatment to chose, reason why all desires should be communicated to the chosen doctor, so that she should take benefit of this type of injections. Amongst the years, finding the best procedures for natural lip augmentation has been tried, with body friendly substances.

What does permanent silicone lip implant involve?

This procedure consists in injecting silicone, that it is under the shape of small silicone ‘prostheses’. The results involve creating softer and smoother lips, and the augmentation is a permanent one.

What are the advantages?

  • The implants are permanent and do not need periodic visits for augmentation
  • The procedure is easy to perform

How much the effect lasts?

The effect is permanent.

What are the side effects?

It is possible that with time passing by, the muscles of the lip will erode and the implants to move. In this case, they will be obvious at a subcutaneous level and felt when touching.Another disadvantage is the fact that you cannot realize a certain shape of the lip, the implant having a default shape.

To which type of patient is not suitable?

  • Bleeding disorders
  • Sugar diabetes
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Patients without adipose tissue
  • Pregnancy and breast feeding
  • Cancers
  • Immunosuppressive or corticoid treatments
  • Cutaneous infections
  • Anticoagulant treatment

What is the operatory time?

The procedure lasts for about one hour and it involves a local anesthesia.

What to expect from the first lip augmentation consultation?

During the consultation the doctor will first ask you what do you want to obtain, what results are you expecting and what is that you want to correct: volume, contour or an eventual asymmetry. Then he will communicate the methods through which you can obtain all this, which are the advantages and disadvantages of each method and, of course, which is the one that will bring you closer to the wanted result.

How do we recover after a lip augmentation intervention?

The doctor recommends that in the first hours from the intervention to apply a bag with ice to diminish the swelling of the lips. The patient will feel a little discomfort in the first 24 hours after the intervention. The lips will loose excessive volume in the following 2-3 days. After maximum 4-5 days, the bruises (if it’s the case) from the procedure disappear, and the attractive aesthetic result can be visible under its final form.