Options for lip enhancement
Lip enhancement surgery is performed to supplement the natural fullness of lips and give them a thicker appearance. Tissue fillers or lipid grafting techniques are used to fill the lips in. In addition to lip augmentation, lip reduction plastic surgeries are also performed, but these make up only a small minority of all cosmetic procedures performed on the lips.
Costs of Lip Augmentation
The cost of lip injections and lip implants vary based on the surgical technique and the filling compound(s) used during the procedure. Collagen lip injections cost about $300 to $500 each, in addition to any facility or surgeons' fees that may be levied. Fat grafting is more expensive, costing an average of about $2,000 to $4,000.
Your surgeon will test you for sensitivity or allergic reactions to the filler that will be used to augment your lips. If you're pregnant, breastfeeding or have acne or cold sores, your doctor may advise you not to undergo any lip enhancement procedures. Certain skin treatments, such as dermabrasion and chemical peels, are also contraindicated.
The Lip Augmentation Procedure
If your surgeon has recommended a soft tissue filler, it will be injected into your lips beneath your lip muscles. Should you opt for lipid grafting, your doctor will harvest some fat from another area of your body (typically your stomach, thighs or hips), then process the harvested fat to prepare it for injection to your lips using the same technique seen in collagen lip injections.
Risks of Lip Enhancement Operations
While the vast majority of lip augmentation patients experience excellent results, all surgical procedures carry a degree of risk. During the operation, you might experience a reaction to the anesthetic, bleeding or extreme sensitivity.
In the early post-operative period, possible side effects are similar to those seen in other skin treatments and may include infection, itching, bleeding and numbness. Loss of volume in the lips due to fat necrosis, rejection of the injected filler and abscesses or hematoma has also been reported.
Possible long-term side effects include asymmetrical irregularities, changes in your lips' sense of touch and a permanent change in the color of your lips or the surrounding skin.
Recovery from Lip Enlargement Surgery
Temporary lip fillers are desirable to many patients because they involve very little recovery time. The worst most patients experience is some temporary bruising, swelling, pain or numbness, which subsides in a couple of days.
If your doctor uses a lipid grafting technique, your recovery should take two to three weeks. Your doctor will initially overfill your lips; this is because your body will absorb some of the fat. Thus, your lips may appear bloated or over-large at first. Bruising and swelling will occur, but again, it should resolve spontaneously within a few days.
Alternatives to Surgery
Hydroderm lip enhance compounds are a popular alternative for people who want modest but noticeable augmentation; this lightweight lip gloss is a painless, affordable and convenient way to plump up your lips without surgery. It is a micro-collagen lip enhancer which your lips absorb when applied, giving them a fuller, natural look.