Plastic surgeons use Lip Fillers to fill in chipped or hollow lips. They are injected into the lip at the fatty layer, making it look fuller. Lip fillers are made of all-natural ingredients, and therefore side effects are minimal. In fact, many patients report painless results.
Lip fillers are a form of cosmetic surgery that seeks to enhance lip volume by injecting fat, hydrogel or synthetic hyaluronic acid into the lip. The fatty substance, which is in a liquid form, is held temporarily in place by a dilating agent injected into the lip. The effect is that the lip fills in the area with more liposuction room allowing for more filling material to be injected into the lip and giving a fuller appearance. Other lip injections commonly used are injectable silicone, which fills in lips that have become too thin or saggy.
As with any form of cosmetic surgery, there are risks involved and potential complications including infection, allergic reactions, swelling, bruising and numbness. Lip injections can also result in temporary nodules and hard lumps if too much fills is injected at one time. Surgical lip fillers can also result in a permanent change to the shape of the lips. They can increase both volume and thickness giving the lips a more elongated appearance. Lip injections are most effective for people with a relatively stable facial structure and good skin elasticity.
Lip injections are most effective when filled with a fat-based all-natural Restylane. Restylane is a natural product derived from plants and animals. It is commonly used in lip fillers to increase the volume of smaller, fine lines and wrinkles. When used in combination with hyaluronic acid or silicone, the effect is an increase in the overall volume of the lips. These two substances work together to fill in the lines and wrinkles leaving the surface of the mouth with a much tighter look and feel.
One of the dangers of lip fillers is that they can sometimes be more difficult to remove than other kinds of cosmetic surgery injections. The FDA has set a standard for cosmetic procedures requiring that the lip fillers remain in place for at least six months after they are injected. This is to ensure that they will stay in the mouth where they were injected and that they will not change shape or change location due to overusion, infection or scarring. It is also to prevent any damage to the tissues around the injection site during the healing process.
After the lip fillers have been injected, the patient may experience some bruising, swelling and dryness. Most of this is temporary and will go away as the body heals itself. The patient should rest well and make sure that the surrounding area does not get further irritated. This can be done by avoiding activities that may irritate the skin like smoking or eating spicy food. If the patient chooses to drive then it is important that the vehicle is parked in a covered space. The patient should not drive for a few days after the procedure and make sure that the bruising and swelling goes away before doing so.
The best way to get ready for the lip fillers is to apply a small ice pack to the lips before the actual procedure. This will reduce swelling and will also numb the area, which makes the operation easier. Many doctors suggest that patients find a lip liner or concealer that matches their natural lip color before the appointment. This will help to keep the color on longer and also makes it easier for the doctor to fill the lips during the appointment. Patients should remember to bring along their favorite lip gloss or lipstick and make sure that their nails and hair are trimming to match the desired color.
After the lip fillers injections are administered, the patient may have some redness or swelling around the lip edges. This can disappear over the next few days. Swelling can be minimized if antibiotics are taken as soon as the injection is given. A mild over the counter pain killer may be prescribed by the doctor after the treatment. A saline solution can be used to wash the injected areas and this can be removed a day or two after the doctor removes the sutures. Patients can choose to go home and rest for a day or two and resume normal activities the day after they have been treated.