LIP ENHANCEMENT OR AUGMENTATION
What is Lip Augmentation?
Lip Augmentation is basically an enhancement procedure that can turn your thinning lips into plump and fuller lips. Nowadays, dermal fillers are commonly used to enhance the lips. There are myriads of fillers that can be injected around the mouth area and into your lips. However, most of the popular products contain substances that are comparable to the properties of hyaluronic acid (HA). It is a natural compound that is produced by our body. It can temporary volumize our lips.
Who Are the Good Candidates for Lip Augmentation?
The patient that will undergo a lip augmentation needs to be in excellent health. Lip Enhancement procedures may not be ideal for you in the event that you have blood clotting condition, visible scarring on the lip area, lupus, diabetes or cold sores. It will also depend on the type of lip augmentation procedure that you are willing to receive. Before beginning the procedure, you should clearly communicate with Dr. Sheffield about your medical conditions such as allergies and current medications.
What Are My Options When Undergoing a Lip Enhancement Procedure?
Lip Augmentation is performed as an office procedure. At the start of the procedure, topical anesthesia is applied and regardless of the specific procedure, it is highly likely that this will not be a painful procedure.
Juvederm Injections – A family of injectable hyaluronic acid dermal fillers lasts up to 9 months to one year. Juvederm Ultra XC adds more fullness and plumps thin lips. Juvederm Volbella XC adds subtle volume to lips and softens the appearance of vertical lip lines.
Restylane Injections- A biodegradable gel substance that will be absorbed by the body in a matter of 6 months to one year. Restylane Silk (hyaluronic acid) is a lip injection for lips and the lines around them for fuller, natural-looking lips
Artecoll- this is a synthetic material that can easily plump your lips. Unfortunately, since it is made from synthetic material, there is also a high probability that it will cause a negative reaction compared with natural filler. It last longer compared with the Natural filler.
Autologen- With autologen, you will basically receive an injection of your own collagen. The surgeon will extract an adequate amount of collagen on different part of your body and inject it on your lips. The possibility of acquiring allergic reaction is low; however, the result is only temporary
Collagen- Collagen injection may be derived from the collagen of a cow that will be inserted in your lips. The surgeon will perform a preliminary testing due to the possibility of developing negative reaction. The result can only last from 1-3 months.
Dermalogen- This type of collagen will be extracted from a human, your system will not reject the dermalogen, but the result is also temporary.
Fascia- This type of injection utilizes a distinct type of tissue that is harvested on your own system or a human donor. Dr. Sheffield has the option to implant it either through injection or through surgical process. It is a natural component that will be absorbed by our body in a span of 1 year.
Fat- Fat injections can be taken into your abdomen or thigh. The risk of acquiring an allergic reaction is pretty minimal, and there is a possibility of achieving a lasting result.
Hylaform- This is a material that is created from hyaluronic acid (HA). A temporary solution, which will oblige you to undergo numerous treatment to achieve a desirable result
There are also Implant and surgical procedures that can take up to two hours inside the office of a surgeon, an ambulatory or medical facility. Contingent upon the intricacy of the procedure, it is varying degrees of swelling depending on which procedure is performed.
Alloderm- this procedure involves a sheet of collagen extracted from a human donor. This may last up to 1 year.
Fat Grafting- This requires the insertion of your own fats into your lips to achieve plump and fuller lips.
Unfortunately, like most of the synthetic materials, it also exposed you to the possibility of an allergic reaction or exclusion.
Local Flap Grafts- The surgeon will take skin and tissue in the flap of the mouth area. It is the most complex procedure and should only be your last result.
How Long Is The Recovery Period of Lip Augmentation?
When you are going get a lip enhancement procedure, it is essential that you will have someone to assist you in driving after the procedure. In case you are going for a surgical implant, the entire recovery may last up to 2 weeks. With other lips augmentation procedure, there is virtually no downtime, and you can possibly return to work immediately.
How Do I Prepare for the Lip Enhancement Procedure?
In case you are a smoker, Dr. Sheffield may oblige you to quit smoking for a predetermined span of time before the lip augmentation procedure. Make sure to follow the instructions of Dr. Sheffield. During the procedure, try to choose clothing that is comfortable and loose. Be careful in choosing the shirt that you will wear during the day of the aesthetic procedure. Try to choose a button-down shirt to avoid pulling it on your face. Dr. Sheffield may also ask you to take ibuprofen, aspirin or painkiller before he conducts the lip enhancement procedure.
You also need to make sure that you are prepared for the after-care. You should establish a particular area in your house for your recovery. Try to choose soft food like yogurt, oatmeal, pudding and jello. Choose a food that will not require you to do excessive chewing.
Is There Any Risk?
There is the possibility of acquiring an allergic reaction depending on which lip enhancement procedure you take. You may also experience a negative reaction in response to the anesthesia. In case of an implant, there is a chance that it may harden and affect the form of your lips, which will require a surgical removal to correct the procedure. In the event that you develop fever, or you can feel an extreme swelling on your lips, call your doctor immediately.
When you want to enhance your lips, you need to carefully discuss it with Dr. Sheffield to determine the right procedure for you. This can increase the chances of achieving desirable and fuller lips.
Interested to know more about Lip Enhancement? Wondering if you are an ideal candidate for the procedure? Schedule your consultation today! Call Dr. Sheffield at our Santa Barbara office (805) 318-3280