Lip augmentation can be performed when:
- Fuller lips are desired;
- Significant lip asymmetry is present.
The lips can be augmented by one of the 3 methods:
- Lip implants;
- Grafting the patient’s own fat into the lips;
- Injecting hyaluronic acid-based fillers into the lips.
Lip Augmentation by Implants
How Is the Surgery Performed?
The surgery is made under general or local anesthesia. During the surgery, small 0.3-cm incisions are made in the corners of the mouth. The implants, which give a new shape to the lips, are inserted with a special curved tunneling instrument. The incisions are closed with absorbable sutures.
If the lips are very thin, it is recommended at first to perform tissue grafting to increase the red-colored area of the lips, and after 6 months, to augment the lips with impacts.
What Should Be Known After Surgery?
- The sutures usually dissolve within 1–3 weeks;
- For a few weeks after the surgery, the lips can be swollen, the patient can experience dryness of the lips, and bruising may occur as well;
- It is not allowed to smoke for at least 2 weeks after the surgery. Smoking negatively affects blood circulation and consequently prolongs the healing process;
- The patient should avoid opening the mouth wide to prevent suture extrusions;
- A proper postoperative care is of great importance as otherwise, the implants can change their position, and the corners of the lips may remain asymmetrical. Special exercises for the lips should be performed during the first 2 weeks after the surgery.
Exercises for the Lips
During the first and second postoperative weeks, implant positioning is needed to be checked 3–4 times a day. It can be done as follows: looking at a mirror, the tapered ends of the lips should be pinched with the thumb and the index finger of each hand.
From the second postoperative week, 2–3 times a day for about 2–3 months, i.e., until a capsule around the implants will form, the following exercises should be performed:
- To open the mouth widely several times;
- To pull the lips tightly against the teeth;
- To gently massage and pull the lips with fingers several times.