When it comes to cosmetic surgery, lip enhancement is probably all the way near the top of desired procedures. Having thicker, fuller lips has now become a part of contemporary fashion, and more and more women are now enjoying the benefits that lip enhancement brings. Of course, lip fillers are also used to enhance lips of patients who suffer from chronic lip infections and even diabetes.
But what exactly is it that lip enhancement involves? Lip fillers are utilised to plump lips up and shape them as the patient desires. In this article, we will take a look at the frequently asked questions regarding lip fillers in a bit more detail and review the actual procedure itself in brief.
What sort of lip fillers are used these days?
The commonly used filler is called hyaluronic acid filler. While this is available commercially, it is in fact a natural component of the human body. It has the property of filling the space it is injected into and staying there, thus providing the ‘filler’ effect.
Sometimes the patients own body fat is injected into the lips, though this technique is not offered often these days.
How do lip fillers help enhance the lips?
By strategically injecting lip fillers at different parts of the lips, it is possible to enhance the shape, increase the size and increase the volume of lips. This can significantly improve the cosmetic appearance of the lips and can also improve the confidence of the patient.
How is the procedure performed?
In most cases, the procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis without requiring the patient to be admitted. A small dose of a local anaesthetic agent may be injected into the lips to numb them. Hyaluronic acid is then injected into the required sites through a very fine needle to shape the lips and increase the volume. Once the required fullness is achieved, ice may be applied to the lips to help ease any pain or discomfort that the patient is feeling.
The lips heal very quickly and the desirable results are almost immediate.
What are the benefits of lip fillers?
For one, it significantly increases the confidence of the patients. Using hyaluronic acid fillers allows the treating physician to control the volume and shape of lips as is requested for by the patient. The filler usually evens out within the lips and gives it a smooth contour. There is very minimal bruising and allergic reactions are rare.
Are there any side effects?
These are very rare but worth being aware of. The commonest ones include mild swelling at the site of injection, redness of the lips and a little bruising. This passes quickly.
In very rare cases, the swelling can last a bit longer and the lips can be a bit painful. An allergic reaction can occur which may require urgent treatment.
How long do the effects last for?
On an average, lip fillers stay in place for around 6 months. If required, further treatments can always be offered.
Lip fillers are a safe and effective way of enhancing one’s lips and cosmetic appearance. The procedure is simple and has hardly any side effects. Make sure the procedure is right for you by visiting your medical aesthetician today.