What is lip augmentation?
Lip augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that is performed to enlarge or redesign the lips, not affected by injuries or congenital malformations. Our lips play a very important cosmetic role because they are the focal point of the lower part of the face. People who have significant gum appearance with this treatment have an uneven lip/mouth shape or their lips disappear when they smile.
Lip work basically consists of lip injections. Lip injections are what they sound like: they are inserted into the lips, they are plump and full. They were popularized by Kylie Jenner and are now very popular in Hollywood. These injections contain hyaluronic acid, which makes the lips plump (collagen is used, but hyaluronic acid is safe). Lidocaine is also found in some injections.
Older people also like this procedure to balance their thin lips with the surrounding facial features.
Additionally, the treatment helps smooth fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth. This treatment produces full and plump lips in terms of volume and structure and improves the dimensional contact of the nose and teeth with the lips.
Lip augmentation can be done through various methods based on ease of use, availability, and acceptance. Different methods of injection of fillers, implants, surgical progression, roll and lift. The upper lip is generally redesigned more than the lower lip. In 2011, approximately 1.3 million women had lip augmentation.
Are lip implants safe?
Lip implants are generally safe, but as with any cosmetic surgery, there are some risks. These may include:
Allergy to the anaesthetic (lidocaine) or the implant
After surgery, the risk of side effects is usually low, and you will be able to fully resume your normal activities after recovery.
In some cases, your lip implant may shift or move. If this happens, another surgery may be needed to repair the implant.
Lip implants are a long-term growth option and many people see great results with them. However, not everyone is happy with the care of their lips after surgery. If you are not satisfied with your lip implants, you may need surgery to remove them.
What’s the lip augmentation procedure like?
Once you have scheduled your lip implant surgery, you need to prepare.
If you smoke or have blood-thinning, you will be asked to refrain from doing so before surgery. If you have oral herpes, you may also be asked to take antiviral medications.
- Lip implants are an office procedure. Your surgeon will first sterilize the area and use a local anaesthetic to numb the lips. Lip alignment can be done under general anesthesia but is not necessary.
- After sterilization and anaesthesia, your doctor will take the following steps to insert your implants:
The incisions are made on both sides of the mouth.
A forceps is inserted into the incision and a pocket (or tunnel) is created.
Once the tunnel is created, the clamp is opened and the implant is inserted.
The clamp is removed, the implant is placed inside the lip, and the incision is closed with small stitches.
If there are no problems, the entire surgery will take about 30 minutes and you can drive home later.
What to expect during lip augmentation?
Injectable lip augmentation techniques can be done quickly without wasting wasted time in your doctor’s office. Fat injection is an exception because a small area of liposuction is needed to remove fat from another part of the body before injection.
Before injections, a topical or topical anesthetic agent may be applied to reduce discomfort. Sometimes nerve block injections can be given before the treatment to completely numb the lips. This is similar to the anaesthetic injections the dentist receives to numb your mouth. Applying ice to the lips before injections can also help numb the area and help with bruising and swelling.
After carefully identifying the areas to be injected, most needles will be used to inject the material into your lips.
After the injection, ice may be given to reduce discomfort and control inflammation. But don’t put too much pressure on the treated area.
Lipstick or other lip products can be avoided immediately after the procedure.
You will notice the difference immediately. Once it is healed, your lips should be natural.
Aftercare tips for lip augmentation
Your lips may swell after the procedure. You may also notice some redness or bruising at the injection sites, which is normal. Most of the side effects are minor and you will be able to restart most activities after the process is complete.
- Apply ice to the lips with an ice bag or ice cubes covered with a cloth (so that it does not stick to the lip and cause pain) and it helps to reduce swelling, the trusted source of itching, bruising, and any other pain.
- Avoid vigorous exercise for 24 to 48 hours after lips or other dermal fillers have been applied. Increased blood pressure and heart rate due to exercise can exacerbate inflammation or injury. You can take Arnica for injuries if approved by your doctor. It is advisable to do light activities such as walking.
- Keep hydrated. Drinking lots of water will heal your body.
- Eat plenty of hydrating fruits and vegetables, and try to avoid excess sodium, which can exacerbate inflammation.
- Avoid high temperatures such as saunas, or heated exercise classes for 48 hours after treatment. Excessive heat swelling is more pronounced.
- Ask your doctor which pain relievers to take in the days after your treatment. Tylenol is generally fine, but not blood thinners like ibuprofen.
- If you are getting lip fillers for a specific event, be sure to allow more time between the procedure and the event to allow your lips to heal properly.
- Raise your head off pillows to reduce swelling. Don’t sleep on your stomach.
- Avoid makeup on your lips for the next 24 hours.
What to avoid?
Here are some other things your doctor may recommend after your lip filler procedure:
Smoking increases the risk of infection, so do not smoke as soon as the lip fillers arrive. You may also want to avoid being around other people who smoke.
Alcohol works to thin the blood and should be avoided for at least 24 hours after the arrival of lip fillers. Alcohol causes inflammation, increases the likelihood of injury, and exacerbates inflammation. It is also a good idea to abstain from alcohol for a few days before your appointment.
Your doctor recommends waiting at least a week after your treatment before flying. This is because the air pressure in the aircraft can exacerbate inflammation and injury.
Side effects of lip augmentation
The side effects of hyaluronic acid fillers are temporary and should only last a few days. They may include:
- Bleeding from injection sites
- Swelling and bruising
- Redness and tenderness at the injection site
- Cold sores or fever blisters (herpes simplex) or activation of the area around the lips
More serious side effects or risks may include:
- Acute and chronic inflammation or injuries last from one week to 10 days
- Lip asymmetry (different parts of the lips)
- Lumps and manipulations on the lips.
- Tissue damage is caused by injection into a blood vessel.
- Ulceration, scarring or hardening of the lip.
- An allergic reaction that causes redness, swelling, or itching around the lips.
Call your doctor right away if you have a fever or severe swelling.
The recovery time for lip alignment is usually 1 to 3 days.
However, 7 to 14 days after surgery, your surgeon may recommend that you avoid pressing or pulling around the lip area. Since implants can slip out of place, this means opening your mouth too wide and pressing your lips too tight.
It may take 1 to 2 weeks for the tissue to begin to scratch and snag the implant.
In some cases, pain relievers can be taken as needed. Ice packs and head elevation also help reduce swelling and scarring after recovery.