Lip surgery cosmetically improves the fullness of lips, by one of three techniques: injections, grafting or local flaps. Lip augmentation can also reduce fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth. This procedure is oftentimes combined with facial implants, BotoxÂ®, chemical peels and facial laser resurfacing.
Typically for this procedure, collagen and patient’s own fat are often used with newer injectibles such as Juvederm, esthelis, Restylane. Among the variety of techniques used for lip augmentation are laser lip rejuvenation – a non-invasive procedure which tightens the natural collagen and elastic tissue beneath the lips and V-Y lip augmentation – which requires incisions inside the lips. Lip surgery usually lasts for 15 minutes to 1 hour. The patient can resume normal activities usually within a day; however, graft recipients typically require 1 to 2 weeks.
|RISKS, COMPLICATIONS AND SIDE EFFECTS
Allergic reactions can range from prolonged redness, swelling, itching, or hardness at the injection site.Possible complications include bleeding, uneven upper and lower lips, and an implant shifting or erupting through the skin. Graft procedures may also leave some lips feeling unnaturally stiff for 2 to 3 months.WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER SURGERYDepending on the material used, the lasting effects of lip surgery can range from weeks and months to permanent condition. Restylane may last 9 to 12 weeks while certain fillers last up to 6 years.