Lip Augmentation Injections
Lip augmentation injections uses various kinds of injected collagen, fat, or other medical-grade substances to create fuller, plumper lips and reduce fine lines around the mouth. Because these substances are absorbed by the body, this is not a permanent procedure. More permanent options involving implantable materials are available, but are less common. Lip augmentation injections are for those seeking fuller lips or who wish to reduce small wrinkles around the lips and mouth.
There are a wide number of techniques used to obtain optimal results for this kind of procedure. The best approach will be determined for you by your lip structure, the condition of your skin, and the goals you and Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio discuss.
Am I a good candidate for lip augmentation injections?
One or more of the following may indicate you are a good candidate for lip augmentation;
- You are in good physical condition
- You are bothered by the thinness of your lips due to heredity or age
- You have small creases around your lips and mouth
Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio will conduct an examination and discuss with you your expected outcome and determine whether your desires can realistically be achieved. You must come prepared to discuss your full medical history, including any medical conditions, previous surgeries or treatments, drug allergies, current medications, and use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal substances.
Medical conditions: This procedure is not recommended for those with current cold sores, scarring of the lips, diabetes, heart problems, or a weak immune system. These factors can complicate this procedure and interfere with optimal recovery.
Expectations: It is important that you realize that lip augmentation will improve lip thickness and signs of aging, but does not stop aging. It is not a permanent procedure. This procedure must be for your happiness, and not to please others.
Surgery and Recovery
Lip augmentation is commonly an outpatient surgery, performed with general anesthesia or local anesthesia and sedation. After a few hours recovery you will be permitted to go home. You will be given detailed information from Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio detailing normal symptoms, signs of complications, and instructions for recovery.
You should feel fine and be back to your normal routine within a day or two after the procedure. Your lips will be tender to the touch at first, and you must avoid straining, bending, lifting and other strenuous activity for a few days. Slight bruising or swelling may occur, but typically resolves itself within two weeks. If lip augmentation was performed using incisions this will cause slightly more pain, bruising, swelling, and a longer healing period. Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio will recommend follow up visits to evaluate your healing process. It is important to follow your doctor’s orders for the best outcome.