Full lips are a trait that so many people desire, but unfortunately, not everyone is fortunate enough to have a pair of naturally full and beautiful lips. Even if you are blessed enough to have them, certain things such as smoking and getting older will affect their appearance. Slowly, the corners of your mouth will begin to drop and your upper lip will eventually start to flatten and lose its youthful and sensual appearance.
Two very frequently requested procedures are lip augmentations and lip rejuvenations. There are several options available, including synthetic implants, laser treatments and natural injectable fillers. All of the filler options are soft, flexible and very natural feeling. Your surgeon will help you decide which option is best for you.
Laser Lip Rejuvenation
The “Remington Lip” is an excellent procedure that uses the perfect combination of laser treatments in order to rejuvenate an aged or wrinkled lip. While you are healing from this procedure, the collagen and elastic tissue under your skin will tighten and will restore your lip to a more youthful, full and healthy shape.
Injectable Lip Augmentation
There are many injectable options, including:
- Fat transfer
- Zyderm and Zyplast collagen
Your physician will thoroughly discuss all of your injectable lip augmentation options with you and will help you to decide which one will be best suited for you.
Implant Augmentation for Lips
AlloDerm is a dermal graft/implant that was previously used as a skin replacement for people who suffered from burns. Nowadays, doctors understand the numerous benefits of AlloDerm and it is a safe and natural implant that can be used to replace lip tissue that has become aged and it can rejuvenate wrinkled lips.
SoftForm and soft “ePTFE” (expanded polytetrafluoroethylene) implants are synthetic implants used for augmentation and have proven to be safe and non-allergenic. This is a great option for people with thin or aging lips.
After you have a lip enhancement with an injectable product, you will have swollen lips for only a few hours. The next day, you will be able to resume your normal activities. You may need to have a touch-up treatment to get the best results.
There is very minimal discomfort when you get implants for lip augmentation. You may need to have a few small stitches to close up the implant site and any stitches used will be removed after a few days. You may have some minor swelling for up to a week. If you keep your head elevated and apply cold compresses for the first day, it should keep your swelling to a minimum.
Any discomfort you experience can be alleviated with medication. It may be a little difficult to eat and brush your teeth, but that will only last for a couple of days. If you have any bruising, it will be minor and can be covered up with make-up.
For patients who have a laser lip rejuvenation, the recovery period will usually be a bit longer than those who get an injectable. Most of the healing will happen during the first two weeks. You should be sure to keep the lips moist while they are healing. If you have any discomfort, you can control it with medication. Any redness you see at first will fade to a light pink.
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