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Lip Augmentation for Sensuous Lips

Dr.Anubhav K Gupta profile Authored by Dr.Anubhav K Gupta on 29 Apr 2014 - 11:53.
Are thin lips bothering you? Looking for fuller and sensuous lips devoid of lines and wrinkles around it? Lip augmentation is your answer!
Lip augmentation (also known as lip enhancement) is a cosmetic procedure which helps in getting fuller, plumper lips through enlargement. There are many lip enhancing products and techniques available in the market but cosmetic lip augmentation is a procedure wherein injections, implants and surgeries are used to increase the size and enhance the appearance of lips. Injectable dermal filler is the most commonly used method of lip augmentation. In this procedure, substances similar to hyaluronic acid are injected into the lips to increase the volume.
What can make you a poor candidate for lip augmentation?
There can be a few medical reasons that can make you inappropriate for lip augmentation, the factors are:
  • Blood related issues like, blood clotting defects
  • Scarring in lips
  • Cold sore
  • Being a diabetes patient
  • Suffering from health issues like lupus
  • Smoking can also count as a complication
Which are the current surgical and non-surgical procedures?
There are a variety of techniques to get fuller lips, some common procedures include:
  • Fat Transfer: This procedure involves transferring your own body fat (obtained from other body part, taken through liposuction) into lips. It often gives permanent results and rarely causes any risk.
  • Restylane (non-animal, clear gel which is very close to the hyaluronic acid): It is the procedure of injecting non-animal, clear gel which is very close to the hyaluronic acid into the lips. It is temporary procedure which lasts for around six months or sometimes longer.
  • Artecoll: This procedure uses artecoll (a synthetic material) that plumps up the lips. Although this procedure is long lasting, it often brings the risk of allergic reactions.
There are a few non-surgical procedures as well, such as:
  • Lip plumper: It is a cosmetic non-surgical procedure wherein the skin of the lips is applied with capsaicin, which makes the lips swell slightly, creating the appearance of fuller lips for a very short duration of time.
  • Suction pumps: This non-surgical procedure utilizes special devices equipped with vacuum pump to increase blood pressure in each lip and to pull them out a bit.
How much time does the procedure take?  
Usually, lip augmentation procedure requires 1- 2 hours, based on the expected changes and combinations of procedures required. You may get over the effect of anaesthesia in an hour and you will be discharged from the hospital after 1-2 hours after the procedure.
Is there an age to undergo lip augmentation?
According to experts, thinning of lips begins in late 20s, and is significant in late 30s. The ideal age for lip augmentation can be somewhere between 35 to 40 years.
What is expected?
Expectations before, during and after lip augmentation procedure:
Before lip augmentation:
  • The doctor may ask you to quit smoking completely.
  • It is always better to wear loose and comfortable clothing.
  • The doctor may instruct you about avoiding aspirin or any other pain killers on your own.
During lip augmentation procedure:
  • The surgeon will give a topical or local numbing agent (anesthesia) to make you comfortable, relaxed and insensitive to surgical procedure.
  • Specific places will be marked for doing the procedure
  • The doctor will inject the substance or formulation into the lips in those places with the help of very fine needles.
  • After the procedure, ice pad may be applied in order to control swelling and ease discomfort.
After the lip augmentation:
  • You may be advised to avoid driving soon after the surgery.
  • You may have to take off from all your routine activities, at least for first three days.
  • Exercises may be avoided for a few days in case of injections and a few weeks after surgical implants.
  • Lipstick or lip products are best avoided immediately after the procedure.
  • Using of assured and natural cosmetic products on lips is recommended, especially when surgery is performed.
What are the risks of lip augmentation?
Along with the benefits, lip augmentation may increase the chances of having the following health risks:
  • Allergic reactions due to injected substance or formulation
  • Hardening of the lips
  • Bacterial / surgical site infection
  • Excessive and long lasting swelling ( may last from one week to 10 days)
  • Lumps or uneven lips
  • Reddening of the lips
  • Itching or burning sensations around the lips
Note: If you are experiencing the following, it's time to visit your physician right away.
  • Extreme swelling
  • Significantly raised body temperature (fever)
*Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. The content is for educational purposes only. Please contact your doctor for any health care issues.