In my last article, we talked about how to get fuller lips naturally using makeup and skin care products. It’s always best to go the natural route, if possible. If you’re not satisfied with the results you’re getting through your own efforts, there are surgical lip enhancements available which can be done quickly in a plastic surgeon’s office. These lip enhancing methods can give quite satisfying results if done properly. Before getting any kind of surgical lip enhancement, make sure you get it done by a board certified plastic surgeon. After all, you’re going to have to live with the results for several months.
The most common means of surgical lip enhancements is through the use of injectable “fillers”. The predominant filler previously used for lip injections was collagen, also known by the brand name Zyderm and Zyplast. The drawback to using collagen is that a small number of people are allergic to it. This means a skin test needs to be performed and read before you can proceed with injections. There are now newer fillers on the market including the brand names Restylane and Radiance which don’t require allergy testing and give very nice results when injected properly.
Lip injections for lip enhancement generally require multiple needlesticks and take around 5 to 10 minutes to complete. Does it hurt? Although these injections appear quite painful, the appearance seems to be worse than the reality. As a physician, I’ve talked to several patients who have received lip injections and they said the pain was not overwhelming. Most patients experience only slight redness, swelling, and faint bruising at the injection sites. Unfortunately, the results last only several months before the filler is resorbed and the lips gradually lose their fullness. Having to return for repeat injections can get a bit expensive.
If you need a more permanent solution to lip enhancement, you can have a foam like material called Gortex inserted surgically into the lips. This procedure does give a fuller appearance to the lips, although they tend to make the lips feel harder and less supple. There’s also a higher risk of complications such as infection since this is a surgical procedure. Plus, the Gortex has been known to shift underneath the lip causing asymmetry.
A final option would be to inject lips with your own body fat. Fat can be removed from anywhere you have excess such as the thighs or buttocks and injected into the lips in a mannerr similar to injection of a filler. This has the advantage of lasting longer than a filler, sometimes longer than 6 months. Side effects include slight bruising, swelling, and redness.
As you can see, you have many options for lip enhancement to achieve fuller lips. Before getting any of these procedures done, be sure to seek the advice of a reputable plastic surgeon.