Lip augmentation is one of the most requested aesthetic interventions currently, which seeks to achieve a certain harmony with the shape of the face and the other elements of the face by correcting alterations of aesthetic characteristics such as size disproportions, depressions, and wrinkles. It is not a proper operation but is performed by an injection. The patient chose the material and doctor always advised.
Lip augmentation operation
The lip augmentation procedure is performed with local anesthesia, so that the patient does not notice any pain at all, first determining the area of the lips that will be treated.
The filling materials used in lip augmentation are divided into two groups:
1- The permanent ones, whose result lasts indefinitely.
2- The temporary ones, in which restorable materials are used.
Post-operative lip augmentation
The lip augmentation does not require postoperative, being able the patient almost immediately to reincorporate to his social life.
In the first hours you should not touch the treated area, be exposed to intense heat or cold, or take aspirin or similar drugs, which increase the risk of hematoma. During the days following the treatment, the affected area will have some inflammation and redness, and even nodules caused by certain permanent materials that can agglutinate.
To avoid them, it is important that the doctor perform massages in the area of infiltration, take anti-inflammatory in the following three days and hydrate the lips very well with a specific product or Vaseline. Most of the time, this type of complications are related to permanent materials, which can end up being removed if the discomfort is persistent or if the results are not fully satisfactory. In this last case, it is also possible to repeat the operation a few days after the treatment depending on the material used.
The technique of infiltration is very safe if the right material is used correctly and the complications are very rare.
Lip augmentation methods or procedures:
1- Definitive method in which tissues from the same lip are transferred from one part to another, achieving, with the advancement of the labial mucosa from the internal to the external part, a wider lip appearance, leaving the scar hidden inside a mouth.
2- Lip filing or grafting of the patient’s own fat on the lip, which is usually done when intervening simultaneously in other areas that serve as donors, mainly in the case of a facelift, with permanent results. Here, it is the patient’s own fat that, once extracted by liposuction, is processed, purified and, finally, injected into the lip and that lacks some of the potential side effects presented by synthetic materials.
However, the implantation of a portion of the aponeurosis of the Temporal or dermis muscle of the patient itself is usually reabsorbed irregularly or to be noticed excessively due to the rigidity produced by the healing.
3- Implants of the chosen material, presented in the form of a syringe with a very fine needle, pre-filled and sterile, with which small incisions are made in the lip, in a treatment that barely lasts 30 minutes, in which very simple infiltrations are made with those that try to replace substances that are naturally found in the epidermis but that have been deteriorating due to physiological factors, such as the passage of time, and other external factors such as the abuse of sun exposure, tobacco or alcohol.
The materials that can be used are very varied:
Artecol, which consists of microscopic balls of methacrylate mixed with collagen, the current equivalent to silicone, in which an allergic test must be done for carrying collagen in its composition. Here, the filling mechanism is not only by the volume that is introduced but also by the fibrosis that causes, so it must be implanted several times. Its duration is imprecise and individual, between 1 and 2 years and in some cases permanent.
Goretex, definitive method that presents numerous complications among which stand out the rigidity and sensation of “hard lips” and the externalization of the implanted material.
4- Bovine collagen, with very short effects, is one of the most used organic compounds, with the capacity to provoke allergic reactions that require a test or test whose negativity does not exempt the risk of provoking such reaction at the time of inclusion.
5- Hyaluronic acid: of non-animal origin, lasts between 6 months and a year, also used to correct fine and superficial wrinkles
Lip Augmentation Before and After
The precautions in this type of intervention should always be the highest and, before undergoing the treatment, it should be ensured that the patient is totally healthy and does not consume any type of anticoagulant medication since it is usual that after the treatment bruises are formed in the lips.
It is also important to verify that the product to be used is authorized and has not been mixed with others to lower the cost, and the doctor must make a rigorous clinical history to rule out allergy problems, in the case of collagen, and on previous implants to which the patient has been able to submit.
Candidates for lip augmentation
With the passage of time, the changes in the face are increasingly accentuated and the lip begins to lose thickness, surrounding wrinkles that gain depth. It is from the forties when women opt for an increase of lips that allows eliminating the wrinkles that surround the lip and recover part of their youth.