Initially the procedures for Lip Enhancement consisted of lip tattooing for permanent colour. Now simply improving the colour of the lips and giving the impression of fullness is no longer satisfactory. More commonly, many now desire a more enhanced and physically fuller look to their lips, which they can achieve through facial surgery.
Lip Enhancement FAQs
Am I suitable for Lip Enhancement?
Before Lip Enhancement takes place, your lips will be examined and evaluated in relation to the rest of your face. After discussion, a treatment option will be based on your goals and concerns as well as your anatomy and lifestyle.
You will also be asked about your medical history, drug allergies, and check for conditions that could cause problems, such as active or dormant skin infections (i.e. herpes simplex) or non-healed sores from injuries. Lip injections are generally off limits for pregnant women, patients who suffer from autoimmune diseases and those who are allergic to local anaesthetics.
What are the options for Lip Enhancement?
There are effectively three kinds of Lip Enhancement procedures:
1. Injections (Restylane, Hydrafill, Fat)
2. Surgical insertion of implant (Alloderm, Permalip, or own tissue such as dermis)
3. Surgical advancement of own tissue
What’s the best choice for me if I’m planning Lip Enhancement for the first time?
It is Mr. Alex Karidis’s opinion that if you are contemplating Lip Enhancement for the very first time, it would be best to use temporary products and techniques for your Lip Enhancement in order to be able to get an initial impression of what lip augmentation entails, but at the same time feel reassured that the lip will return to its previous state in the event that you do not like your new look.
What kind of injections are available during Lip Enhancement?
The main ingredient of the injections used in Mr. Alex Karidis practice during a Lip Enhancement procedure include a form of hyaluronic acid. These treatments are probably the simplest and most commonly performed. All commercially prepared solutions used for injections (i.e. restylane Lipp, perlane, hydrafill) however are usually temporary in nature. There are some variations between them in terms of longevity, as well as the likelihood of allergies.
What does a Fat transfer involve and how does it feature in Lip Enhancement?
The fat is usually harvested from somewhere on the body, usually the hip or abdomen, by micro liposuction using a syringe. First the area that the fat will be taken from (donor area) is anaesthetised and then, using a specialised instrument called cannulae, fat is gently hand suction out then washed and filtered. The small amount of fat extracted does not noticeably change the donor area. The filtered fat is then injected under the skin of i.e. the lips during a Lip Enhancement procedure, to build up a fuller lip area. Since one's own fat is used, there is no risk of an allergic reaction to the fat. After the injection there is some temporary swelling, soreness, and bruising. Patients can usually resume normal activity the day of their facial surgery, although strenuous activity should be delayed for a week.
What happens during Lip Enhancement?
Restylane is used during a Lip Enhancement procedure. It is an injectable gel composed of non-animal stabilised Hyaluronic acid (NASHA). It consists of complex sugar chains, which have been stabilised for longer lasting effect in the skin. It is biodegradable and is non-permanent. The manufacturing process of Restylane is similar to the production of insulin or antibiotics. When combined with the body's own Hyaluronic acid, it creates volume for the treatment of lips, as well as other lines or wrinkles. It basically acts by restoring your skin’s volume, creating softness and revitalizing your appearance. It contains no animal ingredients and therefore no skin test is needed.
What is Restylane, the product used for Lip Enhancement?
Restylane is a crystal-clear gel produced biotechnologically using stabilized, nonanimal hyaluronic acid and water. The hyaluronic acid is a tissue-friendly substance closely resembling the hyaluronic acid that occurs naturally in the body. By replenishing nature’s supply of hyaluronic acid, Restylane revitalizes and plumps up the skin during facial surgery, instantly diminishing the appearance of lines and giving a softer look.
What are the benefits of using Restylane during a Lip Enhancement procedure?
Restylane can instantly soften tell tale aging lines or improve your looks by enhancing your natural features, such as your cheeks or lips. Restylane restores volume, improves skin elasticity, and smooths niggling lines and imperfections.
Restylane is one of the most tried and tested dermal fillers available today. It is the benchmark for clinical excellence in its field. Its safety and efficacy are clinically proven and supported by robust clinical data, spanning 10 years. Research and development is continuous.
How much does Lip Enhancement cost when using Restylane?
This depends on how much Restylane product you will require during your facial surgery. Of course once you have been examined and assessed during your pre-treatment consultation, we will be able to discuss the cost of the Lip Enhancement treatment with you.
How long does a Lip Enhancement last for?
One of the great advantages of a Lip Enhancement procedure is that the effects are long lasting but not permanent. Longevity varies from individual to individual however as rough guidelines the following apply. For Lip Enhancement, follow-up treatment is normally needed in about 6 months. Duration depends on many factors, such as skin type, lifestyle, age, the degree of perfection demanded by the patient and the injection technique of the practitioner.
Does Lip Enhancement hurt?
Some people may experience mild discomfort during a Lip Enhancement procedure. A local anesthetic cream is often used or a dental bloc can be used to numb the area when enhancing lips.
Can I have a Lip Enhancement if I have had laser treatment or a chemical peel?
If you have recently had some kind of cosmetic treatment, it is recommended you wait until the area is totally healed and the skin is back to its normal condition before having a Lip Enhancement procedure. This usually takes 4 to 6 weeks.
Is there any downtime with Lip Enhancement?
You can expect slight redness, swelling, pain, tenderness, itching and/or bruising following a Lip Enhancement procedure. This is the same as you might expect with any type of injection. However, the discomfort is temporary and generally disappears after a few days. With Lip Enhancement, it is wise to choose your treatment time with care since your lips may become swollen and appear slightly uneven for a few days. If you wish you may apply light makeup over any treated area to disguise any ensuing bruising.
Are there any risks with Lip Enhancement?
Like any facial surgery, there is always the potential for risks and side effects. However more than 6 million Lip Enhancements have been carried out since the launch of Restylane in 1996 and during this time Restylane has shown to have an excellent safety track record. Nonetheless, some common injection-related reactions might occur after a Lip Enhancement injection; they typically resolve spontaneously within one or two days after injection. These reactions include redness, swelling, pain, itching, bruising or tenderness at the injection site. Inflammatory reactions may last for up to two weeks in rare cases. Scarring is extremely rare. After a lip enhancement, your lips may be swollen for several days.
Are there any side effects with Lip Enhancement?
Most people can benefit from Lip Enhancement. Restylane however should not be used in or near skin sites where there are or have been active skin disease, inflammation or related conditions. Nor should it be injected into an area where a permanent implant has been placed. Restylane has not been tested in pregnant or breast-feeding women. During your pre-treatment consultation, you should thoroughly discuss your medical history.