Lip Enhancement is a surgical procedure in which the lips are injected or augmented with a dermis-fat graft, to improve the look of the patient's lips. The procedure is usually undertaken by those who feel dissatisfied with the fullness of their lips and alternatively those who seek a younger appearance by reducing fine wrinkles around the mouth. Lips are injected with hyaluronic acid or fat transferred from another site in the patients body.
A natural or synthetic biocompatible material, or the patient's own fat, is injected or implanted in the lips. One injection is usually sufficient to produce the desired result, which may be temporary, depending on the material used. Injections may need to be repeated periodically. Proper placement of the injected material is important. When a fuller effect is desired, a dermis-fat graft taken from the abdomen, is placed in the lips, via a small stab incisions.
Before undergoing a lip enhancement procedure, consideration and preparation are vital elements. Those who are considering the procedure should clearly outline their targets, and openly discuss this with their consultant. Those who are considering the procedure should be aware of the risks and complications that can arise, as well as the practical changes that are needed prior to surgery. Patients are required to stop taking medication which alters blood viscosity; including aspirin, birth control and hormone correction. In preparation of surgery it is also highly recommended that patients avoid smoking, to provide a quicker recovery.
After the operation
Following the operation patients should avoid unnecessary smiling and laughing in the first week, whilst not talking or chewing in the first two days.
You surgeon will also instruct you to apply ice packs in the first two days and to apply certain oitments. Patients are strongly advised not to smoke for at least four weeks following surgery.
Recovering from lip enhancement
For the large majority of adults who under go a lip augmentation surgery, the results will be a success with no unforeseen consequences. Despite this, the capacity for risks and complications remain, as is the case for almost all surgical procedures.
Risks and complications
By nature, all medical procedures carry an element of risk. While the majority of patients do not experience any complication during our lip enhancement procedures, before embarking on any medical procedure, it is advisable to consultfully with the McLean Academy so that our qualified staff can suitably discuss any risk or concerns that your procedure may pose.
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