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Lip Augmentation

Lip Augmentation: Full Facts About Fuller Lips

Lip augmentation does away with many wrinkles that develop, over time, around the mouth. For that reason, this cosmetic procedure gives fuller lips to the patient who has lip augmentation.

In conventional lip augmentation, the patient’s lips get their added fullness from one of two sources. In some cases, the health professional injects collagen into selected regions around the lip. In other cases, a surgeon implants fat into specific sites around the lip. That fat is taken from other regions of the same patient’s body.

When first introduced, lip augmentation required repeated treatments. Both the collagen and the fat were eventually absorbed by the body. Their disappearance led to the disappearance of the patient’s fuller lips. Only a second or third injection of collagen, or a second or third implantation of fat, could counter the effects of the natural absorption process.

Today, reconstruction of the lips can be achieved through many different treatments. Some treatments call for the injection of a collagen or gel-like solution. Other treatments call for the implantation of a synthetic sheet.

Dermalogen contains a Human Tissue Matrix (HTM) obtained from human tissue. Once injected into the skin, the matrix provides a structure upon which new skin cells can grow. Cymetra, a micronized alloderm, provides the growing skin cells with a similar structure.

Like Dermalogen, Fascia contains human tissue. This tissue, however, comes from the dense white connective tissue. Fascia can either be implanted in or injected into the area around the lips.

Radiance and Restylane are other injectable products used for lip augmentation. Radiance contains calcium hydroxlapatite microspheres, which are injected into a polysaccharide carrier. Restylane is a crystal clear gel that contains hyaluronic acid. The makers of Restylane have used molecular-biology techniques to produce a hyaluronic acid that closely resembles the natural substance.

While micronized Alloderm can be injected into the lips, the original AlloDerm was a natural collagen sheet. That sheet, made from donated skin, was implanted under the skin, in order to achieve lip augmentation. AlloDerm has now been liquefied. The liquid version of Alloderm can be injected under the skin.

Gore-Tex and SoftForm are synthetic implants. SoftForm is not always well-tolerated by facial skin. Some patients’ bodies have rejected SoftForm implants.

Placement of an implant, or injection of a liquid, can produce unnatural lip asymmetry. That is one of the possible side effects of lip augmentation. The migration of an implant is another possible complication.

Some patients develop an allergic reaction to the substance used in lip augmentation. For such patients there is one other possible treatment – laser rejuvenation. The laser treatment tightens the collagen and elastic tissue in the area around the mouth.