The lips are the most prominent structures of the lower face and they have a significant role in in conveying emotion and attractiveness
This cosmetic procedure is done to improve the contour of the lips, by making them more fuller and plump. Fillers are injected into the lips usually after a local anaesthetic cream application and will last from 9- 12 months depending on the type of filler used.
Initially, the lips look rather swollen but this settles over 48-72 hours as the local anaesthetic wears off and some off the filler is absorbed. Usually gel fillers containing Hyaluronic acid are used .Commonly used brands are Restylane, Restylane- Perlane , Juvaderm Ultra etc. Hyaluronic acid is a component of the human body, and hence it will rarely produce allergic reactions.
Fat transfer is performed under Local Anaesthetic and involves taking a thin strip of fat and dermis (lower level of skin) from the abdomen and sliding it into the lip through two tiny incisions. Initially, the lip looks rather swollen but this settles over 48-72 hours as the local anaesthetic wears off and some of the fat is absorbed. Sutures are removed (if not dissolving) in 7-10 days.
The scars will need moisturising (with a bland moisturiser) and massaging for at least one month to help with the final result.
Lip Reduction Surgeries
Lip reduction surgeries are performed to achieve a harmonious relationship between two lips, that itself will enhance the facial profile. Surgical reduction of the is done by making incisions placed on the inside of the lip, which is normally not visible. The excess tissue is removed and red part of the lip is then rolled to the inside of the mouth and sutured with dissolving sutures. This procedure is usually done under Local Anaesthesia as a day procedure. Patients should expect the recovery from this surgery will take about two weeks. Initially, there may be some pain, swelling, and bruising; these will gradually disappear over the first several weeks following surgery. Temporary numbness or tingling sensation of the lips are common. Patients should sleep with their head elevated for the first few days, and should refrain from vigorous activities. A soft diet is recommended for several days, until the lips begin to heal.
Lip Lift Surgeries
Removing extra skin and lifting the lips will help those with loose excessive skin or people who have a downward sloping mouth. To lift the upper lip, an incision is made under the nose and the skin is shortened to pull up the lip Very fine sutures are used for this procedure and removed after five days.. Complications after lip lift surgery include: numbness, pain, lip lengthening, smile deformities and scarring .