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Fuller and attractive lips can significantly enhance the aesthetic facial appearance. Both surgical and non-surgical solutions are available to provide the desired augmented effect to the lips. However, some people may resort to unconventional or unproven treatments such as suction devices.
Dr. Gary Motykie strongly advises against the use of such unscientific solutions that can cause more harm than good. Lips are an important feature of the face, and professional care must be sought for any cosmetic treatments involving the lips. Options such as suction devices can cause trauma to the lips, and the damage can be serious over a prolonged use of such devices.
The suction principle is used because it can increase the blood flow temporarily. Therefore, any unnatural augmentation of lips achieved through suction devices can only produce temporary results that may last for about an hour. Putting lips at the risk of trauma for such short-lived results may not be a marvelous or such a clever idea, according to Dr. Motykie.
Lip Enhancement without Surgery
Injectable dermal fillers approved by the FDA can provide effective lip augmentation outcomes in a safe and controlled environment under the supervision of a medical professional. Hyaluronic acid based cosmetic fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane are commonly used to enhance the appearance of lips. Hyaluronic acid is a natural, biocompatible substance, which can help increase the volume of lips and improve their shape and structure.
Effects of lip augmentation with dermal fillers may usually last from six months to a year. The treatments can be repeated under professional supervision to maintain the results for a longer time period. The amount of filler gel injected in the lips can be controlled by the treatment provider. Therefore, desired lip volume can be achieved in a safe and precise manner. Filler treatments are administered gradually, and spaced over a period of time to ensure that natural looking outcomes are achieved.
Lip Implant Surgery
Lip augmentation for the long term can be achieved with the implantation of organic or synthetic materials. One of the commonly used materials for surgical lip augmentation is Alloderm. This natural looking material is inserted surgically through small incisions made discreetly on the inside corners of the mouth.
The implant gradually integrates with the body’s natural tissue. Gore-Tex and other synthetic implants for lip augmentation are also very popular. The procedure of lip implants is typically performed on an outpatient basis under IV sedation. Dissolvable sutures may be used to close the incisions. Most patients are able to resume their regular activities and go back to work within a week after the surgery.
Lip lift surgical procedure can be performed to reduce the gap between the upper lip margin and the nasal base. This helps achieve upper lip fullness by rotating the lip outward and upward. The procedure may be more suited for patients with thin upper lips who wish to achieve a better balance between the lips. The procedure involves a tiny incision that is made within the natural crease below the nasal base to lift and reposition the upper lip in a precise manner. Sutures heal quickly, and the patient can be ready to resume work in about three to five days.
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