22 Mar Overview of Lip Plumping and Implants at an Arizona MedSpa
Lip plumping procedures often involve injections of dermal fillers or fat tissue, which is removed from another body region. Lip implants are also an option for people who are looking for a longer-lasting procedure.
Am I a candidate for lip augmentation?
Lip enhancement using fillers, fat transfer, or implants is considered lip augmentation. Full, sensual lips are an aesthetic ideal, and augmentation can enhance the entire face. You are a candidate for lip augmentation if you:
- Wish to increase lip volume.
- Want to reduce the appearance of “lipstick lines”.
- Are conserved about age-related lip changes.
- Wish to enhance your overall facial appearance.
- Are in good health.
- Have reasonable expectations regarding the procedure outcome.
- Do not have allergies to surgical products, anesthesia, medications, or fillers.
Are lip augmentation procedures common?
Lip augmentation is not as common as other cosmetic procedures. According to recent statistics, around 21,500 people have lip augmentation each year, which is up 16% from 2000. Females undergo lip augmentation mostly, with 95% of procedures being performed on women.
How do I prepare for the lip augmentation procedure?
Before undergoing lip augmentation, patients should obtain preoperative instructions from the plastic surgeon. For lip implant or liposuction and fat transfer, the patient should:
- Avoid drinking or eating after midnight on the day of the procedure.
- Stop taking blood-thinning medications, certain herbs, and restricted medicines one week before the surgery.
- Leave contact lenses, jewelry, and valuables at home.
- Bathe in an anti-bacterial soap and avoid makeup application.
- Arrange for someone to drive you home from the surgical center.
How is the lip implant procedure done?
Lip implants are used for refined results, and three popular types are GORE-TEX, AlloDerm, and SoftForm. The surgery takes around one hour to complete. After administering a sedative or anesthesia, the lip region is cleaned using an antiseptic solution. The surgeon makes tiny incisions around the lip border at the corners. After using special instruments to create a thin tunnel, the implant is placed and positioned. After making all adjustments, the incisions are closed using sutures.
How are the lips enlarged and shaped using dermal fillers?
Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are used to give the lips a voluptuous, plump look. This procedure only takes 20-30 minutes, and is done using only a local anesthetic. The doctor inserts the needle around the lip region, and injects the filler. Results last for 4-8 months, but this varies from person-to-person.
Can the lips be enlarged with collagen fillers?
Another popular lip plumping substance is bovine-derived or human-derived collagen. These products are injected into the lips just like dermal fillers. One long-lasting collagen filler is Artecoll, which contains polymethylmethacrylate microspheres that remain in the lips after the collagen is absorbed.
How are the lips enlarged using the fat transfer method?
Many patients wish to have the lip procedure along with liposuction to remove a double chin, or to remove fat from another body region. After the body region is cleaned, anesthesia is given, and the doctor makes a tiny incision over the region where fat is abstracted. A tiny cannula connected to suction is inserted to remove the fat tissue. The liquefied fat is placed in syringes, and the fat is injected into the lips. This gives the lips soft, natural results that can last up to 12 months.
What is recovery like following lip augmentation?
After a lip enhancement procedure, recovery involves little downtime. Many patients who have dermal filler injections return to work the same day. Expect some mild swelling and bruising after the procedure, and the injection or incision sites will be tender for a couple of days. Discomfort is minimal, and you can use over-the-counter medications to ease this. We recommend you rest the day of the procedure, but you can return to usual activities the following day.
Live Skin Health & Rejuvenation Center offers a full range of lip injections for women at the MedSpa in Tempe AZ. Appointments are readily available at our Phoenix area Med Spa. Ask about our specials when you call!