It is unlikely that anyone can look at a photo of Angelina Jolie without focusing on her famous pout. Many say that her lips are responsible for catapulting her acting career. In fact, a 2010 survey reported by British website Metro, reported that men find women’s lips the sexiest parts of their bodies. Unfortunately, most of us were not blessed with Jolie’s irresistible smile, but many would love to improve the look of their lips. Fortunately, a medical procedure called lip augmentation can help both men and women perfect their smiles.
What is Lip Augmentation?
Lip augmentation is a cosmetic procedure done to make a person’s lips look more plump, full, defined and often younger. Currently, this procedure is easier to do than ever before. The two most common ways to augment lips are with liquid silicone and fat transfer injections.
What is Involved in a Liquid Silicone Lip Injections?
Liquid silicone has the advantage over an implant in that it feels and moves more naturally. Although there are other non-permanent lip injections available, silicone is permanent, so individuals who have this procedure done never have to worry about it again. Lip augmentations should be performed by a skilled and licensed cosmetic plastic surgeon. After an initial consultation, individuals that are good candidates for this procedure will get pure, medical-grade liquid silicone micro droplets injected under the skin of the desired areas, either into one or both lips. A skilled cosmetic surgeon can accomplish injections in 20-minutes or less, allowing patients to go back to their days without much interruption. Some doctors may apply a topical anesthetic to the area to prevent any pain or discomfort.
After the injection is done, the body will start producing its natural collagen in the areas where the silicone was placed. More than one procedure may be necessary, depending on how much fuller the individual wants their lips to become. Sessions typically occur once a month as time is needed for the natural collagen to grow inside the lips for the full effect.
Is There Recovery Time After a Liquid Silicone Lip Augmentation?
Unlike with several other cosmetic surgeries, lip augmentation with silicone injections are done as an outpatient procedure in a doctor’s office. Because the micro droplets of liquid silicone that are inserted as so small, and there is often topical anesthetic used as well, individuals have virtually no recovery time after the 20-minute procedure.
What is Involved in Fat Transfer Lip Augmentation?
Another type of lip augmentation involves transferring autologous fat (fat from a person’s own body) from one part of the body to another. For example, fat from the abdomen can be taken out via liposuction and injected into lips to make them fuller. The procedure takes about one hour, and multiple procedures may be necessary until the desired look is accomplished. The benefit of fat transfer over other fillers (other than silicone) is that the effects last for years or forever, versus half a year with most non-permanent lip injections.
What is the Recovery Time After Fat Transfer Lip Augmentation?
It takes about two to three days to recover from a fat transfer lip augmentation procedure.
Am I a Good Candidate for Lip Augmentation?
Individuals who are good candidates for a lip augmentation are those that are either looking to add volume to make their lips more defined, or those that want to make their lips look younger, as sun and age break down collagen, which leads to thinner looking lips. People that are the best candidates for lip injections have:
- Lips that are very thin, almost not noticeable when they are smiling or showing gums
- Lips that are uneven
- Lips that are thinning due to aging
- A need to improve their self-esteem with better look lips
- Good health
- Realistic Expectations
Although not everyone is a good candidate for lip augmentation, those that are can not only improve their appearance, but raise their self confidence with this easy procedure.