Lip filling is a form of cosmetic procedure which aims to enhance lip volume through injected fillers like fat, hyaluronic acid or saline implants. Lip fillers are made up of a combination of silicone, saline or fat. These substances are injected under the skin to fill up the lip making it appear fuller. The process is also known as tumescent lip filling.
Lip fillers can be used for various purposes depending on the requirement of the patient and the cosmetic surgeon. It is generally performed on patients who are suffering from post or hanging lips, after which the doctor makes an appointment to have these injections done. Lip filling is therefore a useful procedure that does not require any prior consultation with the doctor as the procedure can be done at a very convenient schedule which does not demand the attendance of the patient.
One of the most common types of lip filler is lidocaine. This is one of the most popular products available in the market and is usually given by doctors to patients who are in pain during the procedure. Lip fillers like lidocaine are injected directly into the fatty layer of the lips and are absorbed quickly by the body. The numbing cream used for this process helps in the absorption process.
Another popular lip fillers used for lip augmentation processes is collagen. Collagen is obtained from cattle’s hooves and is a natural substance found in our body. It is however most effective and recommended when injected into the lip plumps as it has the ability to replicate the thickness of the skin thereby plumping the lip effectively. Collagen injections are done as a temporary procedure by the lip fillers. Within a few hours the collagen plumps up creating a plumper and more natural-looking lip.
There are other types of lip fillers apart from collagen, which are filled with silicone or saline. These products are called lip flip. A lip flip is a temporary procedure done by the doctor while you wait for your permanent treatment. This process is usually done on the lips that are chapped, cracked or painful. The doctor places the implant behind the lip line and pulls it down after a few hours by using a small tube and creates a lip flip. Once the implant is pulled down, the lip fills up and the wrinkles around the lip line disappear.
Patients who have undergone lip filler procedures are normally required to undergo another procedure after about 6 months. Usually this second procedure is called lip augmentation capsulation. This helps in reducing the risk of swelling and distortion associated with a ruptured implant. It also helps in making the incision lines more attractive and the lip fillers will not cause any harm to the surrounding tissues. After the incision is made, the wound will be covered with Saran wrap or a lip protector cream.
The lips will be swollen for a few weeks but they will soon go back to their normal shapes. The doctor might need to make some aesthetic changes to your lips before your lips start to look perfectly again. You may need to have some scars removed from the areas where you had the lip filler procedure done. Juvederm and Restylane are the most commonly used lip filler. If you choose to go for Juvederm, then you will need to wait for a couple of months until the Juvederm has completely dried before applying it to the area where you want to change your lip shape.
There are different kinds of dermal fillers available in the market today like Juvederm and Restylane. It is important for you to do your research to find the one that will best suit your needs and budget. The most popular of these are Juvederm and Restylane. You can find out more about your dermal filler options from your cosmetic surgeon.