The beauty of aging brings about the more frequent use of lip liners although, lip liners can only transform those wrinkled, thin lips so much. In the past 17 years, lip enhancements have increased by 43% with more than 27,000 lip procedures taking place in the United States in the year of 2016. As we age, our lips become longer and thinner with lip lines and wrinkles. Fuller lips bring about a more youthful, sensual and vibrant appearance. Whether or not you were blessed with thin lips or age has taken it’s toll, there’s a few options to look into to achieve those healthier looking lips.
Lip Injections – Bovine Collagen
Lip injections, also known as lip augmentation or lip enhancements, is a type of cosmetic procedure that gives the patient a more fuller, plumper looking lip by injecting a filler. Nowadays there are quite a number of different dermal fillers but Bovine Collagen is what Dr. Ryan Welter and his team prefer to use at Regeneris Medical. Collagen is a natural protein found in the body. The reason it’s most preferable is because it’s easy to administer, safe and the procedure itself is quite fast.
What to Expect
Injectable lip augmentation procedures are done in an office setting. They take roughly 20 minutes and there’s little to no down-time once performed. Prior to the actual injection, a topical anesthetic is used for your comfort. Once the incisions are marked and then made, the injections take place. After all injections have been administered, ice is applied and the avoidance of lipstick or lip balm is highly suggested directly afterwards as this can cause irritation or interfere with the healing process.
Like all procedures or surgeries, side effects go hand in hand. Although the actual procedure of lip augmentation is quick and easy, you could experience slight bleeding at the injection sites post-procedure. Bruising and swelling is very common for most patients as well as redness or tenderness at the sites of injections. Infection is always a possibility so it’s extremely important to know the signs of infection and call your doctor immediately if noticed.
Compared to a lift injection, a lip lift is a surgical procedure that elevates the lip (most commonly the upper lip) in order to show your teeth when smiling, alleviate the long space between your nose and your upper lip, rid a ‘duck lip’ or plump out thin lips. As opposed to injecting the lip, skin is essentially cut between your top lip and the bottom of your nose to give a fuller effect.
What to Expect
Like lip injection procedures, lip lifts are performed in the office with localized anesthesia. Lip lifts take a little more time to undergo, roughly about an hour and a half, due to the process of cutting out excess skin. Prior to any cutting, your surgeon will mark the locations of incisions and will make sure you’re comfortable with their plan. Once the incisions are made, the skin is then cut and sewn or closed back up with the surgeon’s preferable sutures. Consuming soft foods post procedure is suggested as your mouth will be swollen and have a tightness feeling for a few days. With most patients, swelling takes about a month to be completely gone. Redness at incision sites is very common and varies per patient, however, most patients will experience some redness post surgery.
Similar to lip injection side effects, lip lift side effects include swelling, slight bleeding at the incisional sites, redness and tenderness. As a result of actually cutting into the skin, adverse reactions or complications for lip lifts are slightly higher in occurrence compared to lip injections. Infection, asymmetrical lips and undesirable scarring are all possible therefore it’s important to thoroughly go over all signs and symptoms of each with your doctor prior to your procedure to make sure this procedure is right for you and your needs.
Even though many men and women undergo procedures to make their lips plumper and more youthful, some patients feel as if reducing the size of their lips is necessary. Some patients may feel self-conscious about the size of their lips and seek to make them smaller or some seek out a lip reduction because they aren’t happy with a previous lip augmentation procedure. A lip reduction procedure is essentially removing skin from the lip line to make them more proportional to the rest of the face.
Whenever any patient undergoes any surgery or procedure, risks are always involved. It’s important to realize that risks come together with the procedure being performed, regardless of the procedure being performed. Side effects of lip reduction surgery include:
- Redness at the incision sites
Although these are temporary and should subside, seek out medical attention if any of these continue past the point of expected recovery. More serious risks include infection or a reaction to the Anesthesia being used. If you think your incisional sites are infected or you notice flu-like symptoms, call your doctor’s office immediately for further evaluation.
Performed under local anesthesia, lip reduction is performed either in the office or on an outpatient basis. Once the surgeon has decided and marked where he will make the incision, the incision is cut on the inside of the lip. Cutting the incisions on the inside of the lips, creates for no visible scars. The surgeon will then remove the excess fat and tissue prior to closing the suture. One lip or both lips can undergo lip reduction surgery to best suit your needs for your appearance.
Once the surgery has taken place and you’re recovering, don’t get discouraged if you haven’t noticed your optimal results just yet. Your best results will shine through after a couple months, about 2, have passed. Every patient’s experience is different so be sure to keep an open mind in the recovery process. Some take longer to heal due to other health conditions or physiology while others take a mere couple weeks. When it comes to potential pain you may feel, be sure to be proactive with your treatment. Take your pain medication as directed but try to take it at the same time everyday as this will help to keep the pain at bay. Since lip reduction is considered not as invasive as a facelift or other cosmetic enhancements, returning to work should be relatively quick. It’s important to take a few days to re-coup but most patients return to work after a couple days.