Lip augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures.
Last year, approximately 264,000 people underwent lip-plumping surgery.
With fuller lips one can create a more youthful, vibrant look.
This is primarily achieved through injections & grafting.
Injections: using small needles, the lip is filled with a soft substance to create a fuller appearance.
The most widely used substance is collagen, which is found in cow skin.
Although purified, collagen can cause allergic reactions in some patients.
A sensitivity test should always be performed prior to the actual procedure. Because the body slowly absorbs the collagen, results usually only last one to three months although the procedure can be repeated as many times as desired.
Fat harvested from other areas of the body - usually the abdomen or thighs - can also be injected into the lips.
One great advantage to this procedure is that there is no possibility of an allergic reaction, although as with collagen the results are temporary.
Other injectable lip plumpers include Artecoll, a synthetic material which augments the natural tissue to create long lasting results, Autologen (collagen from the patient's own skin), which also has relative longevity & Dermalogen, which is extracted from the skin of a human donor then screened & processed to prevent the risk of disease.
The effects of the latter are relatively short term & similar to the effects of collagen.
Grafting: under local anaesthesia, material is inserted through incisions made in the inside corners of the mouth. The incisions are then closed with stitches.
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