Overview
 

For years, women have desired to have full, sensual looking lips. They have invested a considerable amount of time in purchasing and applying cosmetics in order to make their lips look bigger. One way to truly improve the appearance of your lips is through both non surgical and surgical Lip Enhancement procedures. We offer some of the most contemporary lip enhancement techniques available today.

Lip enhancement is basically an augmentation procedure to create fuller, plumper lips as well as to reduce fine wrinkles on lips and around the mouth. For this purpose, patient's own fat, certain soft tissues or a natural biological or synthetic biocompatible material is injected or implanted in the lips.

   
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Lip Enhancement procedures can be divided into two categories:

    1. Surgical Procedures
    2. Injectable Fillers
1. SURGICAL PROCEDURES can be of three types:
    A) Autologous Tissue : transfer from your own body

      a) Fat: Fat is abundant and easily available in the body. For lip augmentation, only a small amount is needed and can be easily harvested under local anesthesia. Micro-fat injection is the preferred technique in which very small droplets of fat are deposited in different planes of the lip with the help of 1.8 mm cannula. To a variable extent, some of the injected fat may get absorbed by the body and therefore repeat injections may be needed.

      b) Fascia: Fascia is a dense white soft connective tissue available as thin sheet in some parts of the body like outer thigh and can be harvested through tiny incisions with the help of special instrument called ‘Fascia Stripper‘

      c) Vein: Superficial veins are abundant,they can be speared and as they are just beneath the skin , therefore very easy to harvest through tiny cuts. Their walls are soft, full of collagen, surface is smooth and the width is adequate for the lip when slit opened. It is one of the ideal autologous soft tissue for lip augmentation but unfortunately less used.

The above procedures involve both harvesting the tissue and taking three tiny cuts; one in the midline of the lip and one at each corner of the mouth to insert the material.

    B) Natural Biological Material (An Allograft) :

      Collagen Sheet: A natural collagen sheet (AlloDerm) made from donated skin is inserted through tiny incisions inside the corners of the mouth. Once the ‘AlloDerm‘ implant is in place, it eventually becomes integrated with the natural tissues.

    C) Synthetic Biocompatible Material implantation :

      ‘Gore-Tex‘, ‘SoftForm‘ and ‘Soft ePTFE‘ are other synthetic implant material options.

      The procedure involves either harvesting the tissue from other parts of the body or taking tiny cuts on the lip to insert the material or both.

2. INJECTABLE FILLERS:

There are many types of dermal fillers that can be injected in the lips and around the mouth. They help in increasing the volume of the lips.

    A) Collagen: Collagen, once the most common dermal filler, is used less often today as liquid collagen is absorbed and repeat treatments are necessary to maintain the results.

    B) Autologen: Autologen is an injectable dermal implant material made from the patient's own skin.

    C) Dermalogen: Dermalogen is an injectable Human Tissue Matrix (HTM) procured from donor tissue.

    D) Hyaluronic Acid Fillers: The most common fillers used today are products that contain substances similar to hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the body. These types of dermal fillers are sometimes called ‘Hyaluronic Acid Fillers.‘ The newer options are safer and the effects last longer.

      a) Restylane :A crystal-clear injectable gel. The hyaluronic acid in ‘Restylane‘ is very close to that naturally found in the body.
      b) HylaForm : A crystal-clear injectable gel. The hyaluronic acid in ‘Hylaform‘ is similar to that naturally found in the body.

   
  Technique:
 

One injection is usually sufficient to produce the desired result. Proper placement of the injected material is important. Result is immediate which may be temporary, depending on the material used. Injections may need to be repeated periodically. Another add on choice is laser lip rejuvenation, which tightens the natural collagen and elastic tissue beneath the lips.

   
  Benefits:
 

  • Immediate return to normal activities (one-day down time if sedated) for nonsurgical procedures; depending on the procedure and materials used, recovery period is within a week for surgical procedures.
  • AlloDerm and Dermalogen do not require patients to provide donor tissue and are not rejected by the body, because they are human tissue. Usually they have a pliable, natural feel.
  • Gore-Tex implants are permanent, easily inserted and well tolerated by the body.
  • Temporary procedures like collagen or fat injection can be appealing to patients who want to experiment with a fuller-lipped look, but not necessarily commit to it.

   
  Other Considerations:
 

  • Allergic reactions can range from prolonged redness, swelling or itching, to firmness at the injection site. Other possible complications include bleeding, lip asymmetry, and migration and extrusion of the implant. Normal swelling and bruising lasts from three days to a week.
  • Patients with a reaction to the pre-treatment collagen skin test; who have a serious allergy history; or are allergic to lidocaine (a local anesthetic) should not consider lip augmentation. Treatment is sometimes postponed for patients with active inflammatory skin conditions or with infections.
  • Collagen injections have a short-lived effect (9-12 weeks); fat injections provide longer-lasting results, but are sometimes unpredictable as to the degree of improvement, can have lumping or scarring effects, and must be harvested from another part of the body.
  • Soft-form is a foreign body and may become infected or be rejected. While many techniques exist for lip augmentation, none are ideal.

   
  Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
 

The most common non surgical lip augmentation is done with Hyaluronic Acid Fillers. Advanced injection techniques allow for precise control and customizable results by varying the enhancement of the lip subzones.

Hyaluronic acid fillers can improve the appearance of your lips by adding:

  • Shape
  • Structure
  • Volume

Although they provide excellent results, the effect is temporary and typically lasts for about 6 months. After that further injections are needed to keep the volume up


Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid Fillers:

Once injected, the gel in the filler supports and shapes the tissues of the lips.

  • Control over lip volume. The amount of substance injected can be controlled, so the doctor has better control over how much lip volume is created.

  • Gradual pace of treatment. The injections can be given gradually during different appointments until the desired results are achieved.

  • Bumps dissolve easily. Any lumps and bumps created by movement of the lips can be dissolved easily.

  • Less bruising. There may be less bruising and swelling compared to other dermal fillers.

  • Reasonably lasting results. The results are reasonably long-lasting, but not permanent.

  • Allergic reaction unlikely. Because hyaluronic acid fillers are made from substances similar to those found in the body, they are unlikely to cause an allergic reaction.

There are several hyaluronic acid fillers on the market. Among them are these products:

  • Restylane, Restylane-L
  • Perlane, Perlane-L
  • Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra XC
  • Juvederm Ultra Plus, Juvederm Ultra Plus XC
All of these products are injected the same way and give you similar results. They all contain lidocaine, a local anesthetic and if you are allergic to lidocaine, please tell your doctor before being treated.
   
  FAQ
 

Who Should Consider Surgical Lip Enhancement?

Surgical lip enhancement is for anyone who desires to have permanently fuller and more appealing lips. A person with extremely thin lips or a long upper lip may desire to have a more balanced facial appearance. Because loss of volume naturally occurs with age there are also senior people who want a more defined and youthful look to their lips.

Lip enhancement not only improves a person‘s overall appearance and feeling of sensuality, but it also contributes to an improved self-confidence.


Why have lip enhancement?

If you have thin lips and have always longed for plumper lips that create what you consider to be the perfect pout, lip fillers could be for you. Without any surgery, we can give you the lips you‘ve always wanted.


What are the benefits of lip enhancement?

Ageing naturally causes your lips to get thinner and lose definition. Where you‘re likely to notice it most is around ‘Cupid‘s Bow‘ : the shallow V-shaped central area of your upper lip. You may have used make-up to disguise things, but it can bleed down the vertical wrinkles and actually highlight the problem. Lip fillers can be used to give you youthful looking plump lips. Women of all ages with naturally thin or thinning lips have benefited from lip enhancement treatment.


How and who administers the treatment?

All lip enhancement procedures are administered by our experienced doctor. Lips are sensitive, therefore a local anaesthetic is first applied to the lips to ensure the area is numb. Lip fillers are then very carefully injected into the area required.


How long does the procedure take?

The whole lip enhancement procedure should take as little as 30 minutes.


How are the results?

The results of lip enhancement treatment are immediately noticeable and should last up to 6 months. Then to maintain volume and definition, you may need a top-up. After any initial swelling and possibly bruising subsides, you should be left with beautifully full and plump looking lips.


How much does it cost?

Lip enhancement treatment costs vary and depend upon each patient‘s individual requirements and the procedure used or the filler used. For fillers, it is the cost of filler; either of half syringe or of a full syringe and added on are the professional and incidental charges. After first consultation we will be able to provide you with an accurate cost estimate.


The perfect smile too

Lip enhancement can give you the perfect pout, but there‘s more to a smile than just your lips. For a brilliant smile makeover you could also combine lip enhancement with teeth whitening.

Also in case you have darker lips or have some dark spots on the delicate skin of lips, we have a very innovative and guaranteed lip lightening treatment

                                                                                                                                                 For More Information See Article ‘Dark Lips‘


   
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