Lip enhancement with dermal filler is one of the most common cosmetic procedures that can give you fuller, plumper lips, but yet not easy to achieve the ideal results. Dermal fillers can improve the appearance of your lips by adding volume, structure and changing shape. There are many types of dermal fillers that can be injected in your lips and around your mouth to give you the enhanced result. A most common material for lip augmentation is hydrofluoric acid.
What to Expect During the Procedure
Dr. Yuan has extensive experience with lip injection. Lip augmentation can be performed in our office on the same day of a free consultation with little to no downtime. You will be able to notice a difference immediately after one syringe injection. The effects typically last around six months. After that more injections are needed to keep the volume of your lips. Before the injections, a topical or local numbing agent may be applied to ease discomfort or nerve block injections can be given before the treatment to completely numb the lips. After you have healed in about 3-5 days, your lips should feel natural and enhanced.
The amount of substance injected can be controlled, so you can discuss with Dr, Yuan over how much lip volume you want to add and shape you like. The injections can also be given gradually during different appointments until the results are achieved. Sometimes it will need more than one syringes to achieve the desired result.
Side Effects and Risks
Lip augmentation may have temporary side effects and should only last a few days. They may include:
- Swelling and bruising
- Redness and tenderness at the site of the injection
- Reactivation of cold sores of the lips or area surrounding the lips
- Lip asymmetry (parts of lips are different sizes)
- Lumps and irregularities in the lips
- Ulceration, scarring, or stiffening of the lip
- Allergic reaction causing redness, swelling, or itching around the lips
Is Lip Augmentation Right for You?
Before undergoing lip augmentation you should be in good health. You may not be a candidate for lip augmentation if you have:
- An active infection such as oral herpes
- Blood clotting problems