If you love the look of fuller lips and are considering surgical lip augmentation, injectable dermal fillers are the safest and most common option. These products, most commonly made from a natural substance called hyaluronic acid, can improve the shape, structure, and volume of your lips.
Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid Lip Fillers
While collagen lip fillers were once the industry standard, they’ve been replaced by this safer option. The effects of hyaluronic acid lip fillers last about six months before another injection is needed. Restylane Silk and Restylane are the primary facial fillers used for lip enhancement purposes. Restylane Silk is highly effective and is regarded as a great tool to eliminate and prevent wrinkles as well as treat vertical “smoker’s” lines. Some formulas contain lidocaine, which can numb the pain of this process. Injectable dermal fillers can be used gradually, so you have full control over the ultimate volume of your lips. While you may experience some bruising and swelling, this tends to be less than with other lip enlargement processes. In addition, allergic reaction is rare since hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body.
During the Procedure
Lip augmentation can be done in Dr. Schwarcz’s office with little to no downtime required. Your surgeon may first apply a topical or local numbing agent, or use a nerve block to completely numb the lips. The fillers are then injected into your lips using very small needles. Afterward, you can apply ice to ease any pain and swelling.
Potential Side Effects
While lip augmentation is relatively safe, some mild side effects may occur in the first few days after the procedure. These include bleeding at the injection site, swelling or bruising, and pain or discomfort. In addition, you must be in good health and a nonsmoker to qualify for this procedure. Those who have an oral infection such as herpes, diabetes, lupus, or blood-clotting problems should not have lip augmentation.
Choosing an experienced surgeon for your lip augmentation is the best way to ensure that you’re happy with the results of the procedure.