As we age, our lips tend to drop and thin. The red portion of the lip and the border of the lip called the white line lose their fullness and voluptuous shape. A thinning upper and lower lip can give an appearance of anger or old age. If your lips are thinning, you may be a candidate for augmentation.
Lip enhancement, also known as lip augmentation, is a procedure using a variety of surgical and non-surgical techniques to enhance the appearance of the upper and lower lips. Materials used to enhance the lips can be either temporary or permanent. These materials include Restylane®, Alloderm™, fat transfer and alloplastic implants (synthetic materials). Nearly all of these choices result in lip enhancement with an overall soft, natural feeling.
Temporary treatments take minutes to perform and can be done in an office visit. Injectables such as Restylane® can be done with a topical anesthesia with or without a nerve block. On average, results can be expected to last between six to nine months.
Permanent enhancement uses materials that are of medical-grade quality and have a proven safety record. A nerve block with local anesthesia is typically used, and incisions are usually hidden in the corners of the mouth. Fat transfer can often provide permanent results when used for lip enhancement. This procedure also uses a nerve block with local anesthesia and only involves the use of tiny nicks in the skin to both harvest the fat and place it within the lip.
Swelling and bruising are rare after Restylane® treatment, but may be more pronounced following permanent enhancement. These side effects may last for three to seven days.
The latest advancement in permanent lip enhancement procedures is the Surgisil PermaLip™ silicone implant. Unlike its predecessors, the PermaLip implant is made of a softer, tapered silicone material that gently but effectively augments the natural size and shape of your lips.
The PermaLip implant was designed with a smooth, non-porous surface that allows gentle placement into the lip. The implant will not rupture or lose any volume after placement, which was a concern with some other forms of permanent lip augmentation.
Whichever path you choose, lip enhancement and augmentation can help to restore the gentle curves and supple appearance characteristic of attractive, youthful lips.
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