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Lip augmentation is a very common procedure used to make lips fuller, plumper, and more defined. This can be done non surgically with fillers or surgically with some type of implant material. Typically with filler the results are non permanent versus permanent with an implant.
The most popular method to augment the lips is with filler. There are many different dermal fillers on the market today. The most used for lip augmentation are the Hyaluronic acid fillers. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the lips and will be absorbed by the body over time. Typical Hyaluronic acid fillers are Restylane, Restylane-L, Perlaine, Perlaine-L, Juvederm Ultra, Ultra XC, Ultra Plus XC. The XC and L’s contain lidocaine, a numbing agent for decreased pain during injection. Hyaluronic acids improve the appearance of the lips by adding shape, volume, structure, and definition. They last approximately 6 months to a year. Individual results will vary. There are minimal side effects with the most common being swelling, redness, tenderness and minimal bruising if any. Other serious side effects can occur but are rare.
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The procedure is performed in the office and usually takes about 30 minutes. Topical anesthetic is applied to the area. The lidocaine in the product, ice, and possible nerve block (such as used by dentists to fill cavities) will help numb the lips for the injection. Following the injections you may want to use ice and over the counter pain medication to alleviate any discomfort. The swelling and discomfort usually last for only a few days. Your results are immediate.
For more permanent lip enhancement, the Perma Facial Implant by Surgicil can be used. This is a patented, FDA approved device which is made of a soft smooth solid silicone elastimar. This implant cannot rupture or deflate and gives a natural appearance to the lips. Although permanent, it can removed at any time. The procedure is performed using local anesthetic and takes less than one hour to complete. Side effects may include swelling, bruising, and tenderness. The majority of swelling resolves in one week. Most discomfort subsides in 24 to 48 hours and may be relieved by cool compresses and pain medication. It is only slightly tender to touch for approximately 2 weeks.