What types of lip augmentation are there?
There are various methods to accomplish this, but injectable dermal fillers and fat transfer are the most-commonly used. Hyaluronic acid, a natural element found in the human body, has become a popular choice pver the years. It adds volume, hydration, and suppleness to the lips.
Natural fat transfer and implants are permanent alternatives to fillers and excellent options depending on your goals.
Excess fat is harvested from a donor area, such as the belly or flanks, and injected into the lips. However, patients can choose other regions of the body, if they prefer. This procedure is often performed under local anesthesia, or general anesthesia, and takes approximately an hour to complete. Your own fat is a permanent option and gives a softer, more-supple look and feel of lip rejuvenation for a more natural and invigorated appearance with benefits of fat and the fat transfer themselves.
Lip implants are the most long-lasting of all of the options. Patients will consult with their surgeon to determine which size implant is the most appropriate for them. During the procedure, two incisions are made on each side of the mouth, and a ‘tunnel’ is created using a clamp. This tunnel is tailored to match the form of the lips. Then, the implant is precisely inserted, and the incisions are sutured closed. The entire procedure usually takes approximately an hour.
There are several leading dermal fillers on the market today for lip enhancement. These include:
- Restylane, Kysse, and Silk: Restylane product results typically last 6-12 months.
- Juvéderm, Vollure, and Volbella: Volbella lasts 12-18 months, and Vollure lasts up to 18-24 months.
These fillers can be injected into the upper and lower lip region to give more definition to the ‘cupid’s bow..’ Other areas, such as the corner of the mouth, can also be targeted. Vertical lines and wrinkles that tend to show up around the mouth can also be smoothed out using the same filler.