Lip augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that can address any aesthetically related problem with your lips. It is the type of cosmetic surgery that you can consider when you want to have fuller, aesthetically pleasing, and beautiful lips. It may be the solution for restoring youthful lips, too. Lip enhancement is one of the forms of this procedure, and it is recommended if you have had thin lips since birth. One or both lips can be enlarged as needed, and the procedure is usually done by injecting fillers or by surgically placing lip implants. Various synthetic and natural materials can help reshape your lips via surgery.
Some cosmetic surgeons may use collagen to temporarily enlarge lips, but you need to be careful and make sure that you are not allergic to it. If you are not allergic to collagen, the injection is carried out using an ultra fine needle. The injection is done directly into the lip and must be repeated every one to three months to maintain the results because the body can absorb collagen. Fat, which is harvested from another part of your body, may be used as a substitute to collagen, in case you are allergic to collagen.
Hyaluronic acid dermal filler injections are safer and hypoallergenic alternatives to collagen injections. Juvedermor and Restylane are some of the dermal fillers that can be injected into the lips to make them look filler. They are made artificially through genetic engineering, and since they are made of hyaluronic acid, they look and feel natural in the lips.
Both fillers are minimally invasive, and if you are not satisfied with the results, a small injection of hyaluronidase can easily dissolve them within minutes. Just like collagen, hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are absorbed eventually into the body, so injections may need to be repeated to maintain the best results. However, it takes long for them to get absorbed, with Restylane taking about six to nine months, and about 12 to 18 months for Juvederm.