Enhance Your Natural Smile with Lip augmentation

Dermatologists use injectables to add volume to lips and soften signs of ageing around the mouth. Reading someone’s lips isn’t always easy, and trying to determine if someone has had a little work done on them is even harder — thanks to the art and science of lip augmentation.

Dermatologists now use an injectable hyaluronic acid filler to add volume to the lips and minimise the fine lines and signs of ageing around the mouth, enhancing the natural smile.

Adding Fullness to the Lips

  • Lip augmentation is a procedure in which hyaluronic acid is injected into the lips to enlarge them and is best suited for patients who want to subtly change the shape and appearance of their lips.

  • It’s recommended to avoid overdoing the procedure, as results will look more natural if less filler is used. For that reason, most dermatologists are conservative with the amount of filler used in the first injection. In some cases, a second dose may be needed for optimal results.

  • On average, results typically last six months or longer.

  • Patients need to have realistic expectations.

Improving Age-Related Changes to Lips and Mouth Area

  • Initially approved by the FDA for the treatment of moderate-to-severe facial wrinkles, hyaluronic acid has been used successfully for years to minimise the signs of ageing around the mouth.

  • Common signs of ageing include a decrease in the structural components, or scaffolding around the corners of the mouth. Exposure to the sun, smoking and time accelerate ageing result in drooping, a decrease in volume, and/or lip lines which extend onto the skin above and below the border of the lip.

  • In addition to filling in depressed areas or lines around the mouth, hyaluronic acid fillers also stimulate collagen production.

  • Lip augmentation is not recommended for individuals with deep wrinkles or severe sun because the results will not be as dramatic as in a person with more moderate signs of ageing.

  • On average, results typically last six months or longer.

Discuss Possible Side Effects With Your Dermatologist

Lip augmentation can cause bruising, swelling and discomfort following the procedure. While bruising often can be covered with makeup, a pulsed-dye vascular laser can be used to fade bruising quickly. Swelling usually resolves within a few days, and dermatologists recommend sleeping with an extra pillow to keep the head elevated. Acetaminophen can be used for pain.

In rare cases, severe swelling can occur that would require the use of an oral medication, such as prednisone. If a patient’s skin is easily irritated and has a history of cold sores, the procedure may cause a flare up and require the use of anti-viral medications.

Patients who are allergic to any hyaluronic acid products, those with a history of severe or multiple allergies, and those with bleeding disorders or who are on blood thinners or aspirin therapy are not appropriate candidates for lip augmentation. For more information on lip augmentation visit http://miraclinic.com.au/lip-injectionslip-enhancement/