Full lips are considered youthful and sexy. Cosmetic surgery now provides a way to acquire full lips if you were born with thin lips or if yours have gotten thinner with age. Lip enhancement is also commonly referred to as lip augmentation. Thousands of people are now opting for lip enhancement and many are pleased with the results. It is important to learn about the procedure and what to expect so that you are fully prepped.
Candidates for Lip Enhancement
You can consider lip enhancement if:
- Your lips are thin and they tend to disappear when you smile
- Your lips have become less full and thinner due to age
- You are self-conscious about the appearance of your lips
- Having a lip enhancement would help balance out the shape of your face
Know your Options
There are several options at your disposal to help you achieve fuller lips. You can opt for lip Injection done using natural or synthetic fillers. The fillers can last for several months and you will need regular retouch to keep them full. For permanent solutions, you can go for lip implants or surgical procedures.
Understanding Lip Enhancement Surgery
There are several surgical procedures. Your surgeon will explain to you all the options. The procedure recommended may be based on the recovery time frame and your personal aesthetic goals. In some cases, the surgeon may conduct two or even more procedures to achieve the best look for you. Lip enhancement surgery procedures include:
- Surgery-Dermal Graft
This is a permanent lip augmentation procedure. Enhancement is achieved by placing an incision in the mouth and propelling the lips forward. A dermal graft can be taken from the thighs or deeper layers of the skin. This graft is then surgically positioned on the lip lining (under the micosa) so as to achieve plumpness.
- Surgical –lip Implant
Lip implants are inserted by making tiny incisions on the corners of the lips. Natural or synthetic fillers are used depending on the desired results. The injection can be repeated until satisfactory results are achieved.
- Surgery –lip lift
If you have loose lips, then lift surgery is highly recommended. The same applies for people whose mouth tends to slope downwards. To get the upper lip fullness, an incision can be made right under the nose so as to shorten the skin and then the lip is pulled upwards. There are other lip techniques which can be used to shorten the upper lip so as to expose the teeth. If your lip has a downward turn, the surgeon can make incisions on the sides. The incisions allow for extra skin to be removed. Sutures are normally used when conducting a surgical lift. The sutures can be removed after 5 days.
- Surgery- Vermillion Advancement
Vermillion advancement is a procedure that involves making an incision along the borders of the lips. A strip of the skin is removed outside the lip border. The rest of the skin along the lips is pulled to achieve fullness.
How long will recovery take?
If the lip enhancement procedure involves the use of grafts or implants, it may take about two weeks for a patient to recover. It is best to discuss beforehand how much time you need to recover so that you can take time off work. At a minimum, you may be away from work for at least three days. It is also advisable to keep off rigorous physical activity for some time after getting injections or surgical implants.
Once the procedure is done, it is good to have someone take you back home. Local anesthesia may be used during the procedure and you may not be in the best shape to drive yourself home. Smokers are normally advised to stop smoking a few days before the procedure. On the day of the procedure, ensure that you wear loose fitting clothes. This way you will not pull the clothes over your face.
Home Recovery Preparations
Before the procedure, ensure that you prepare your home for your recovery by:
- Having comfortable pillows
- Plenty of soft drinks and foods such as yoghurt, pudding and jello. This is because you may experience discomfort when chewing.
Fuller and youthful lips are just a surgical procedure away.