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Lip Augmentation

Lip Augmentation

Lip augmentation is a procedure to create fuller lips through the use of cosmetic facial filler, fat transfer, or lip implants.

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Several types of fillers and implants are available, including human-based collagen. Your plastic surgeon may inject a manufactured collagen filler such as Cymetra, Autologen, Cosmoderm, Cosmoplast, or Fascian to fill the lip area. Human-based collagen fillers have few negative side effects as they are biocompatible, and the results may last for four to six months.

Hyaluronic acid fillers are reputed to offer longer lasting results than collagen fillers. Brand names of these fillers include Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm, Hylaform and Dermalive. During the lip augmentation procedure the surgeon will carefully inject a hyaluronic acid filler into the lip area. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that already exists in the human body, and is therefore safe.

In a lip augmentation procedure using a fat transfer, your surgeon will first harvest fat cells from your thighs or buttocks. After preparing the extracted fat cells, he or she will inject them into the lip area. Although fat transfers often provide longer lasting results than other fillers, the results may be unpredictable.

During lip implant surgery, synthetic materials are inserted through small incisions in the lips. Several types of implants are used including Gore-Tex, SoftForm, AlloDerm (derived from human cadaver tissue) and Artefill. The procedure takes less than one hour and may be performed under local or general anesthesia. Patients may experience mild discomfort and swelling for a few days after lip implant surgery. Potential risks of lip implants may include infection, scarring, numbness, lumpiness, asymmetrical lips and migration of the implants. If the implanted material migrates, patients may require an additional procedure to remove or reposition the implant.

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