About Lip Augmentation

Lip augmentation (also known as lip enhancement) is a cosmetic surgery and is the solution for thin and unattractive lips. Stars like Marilyn Monroe, Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson are known for their sensuous looking lips.  In lip augmentation synthetic or biological materials are implanted into the lips to make them more appealing. The surgery can create a greater sense of facial balance for patients whose lips are not well defined.

Lip Augmentation Procedure

Filler is usually either injected into the lip or surgically positioned in the upper or lower lip to augment it.

Types of Lip Augmentation

There are various types of augmentation to choose from like:

Temporary Injectable Fillers – injected to the lips to create a fuller experience. The body eventually absorbs them. The results usually last from a few weeks to several months. The most common types of lip injection fillers are collagen and fat, which are taken from another part of the body. This surgery is usually done with local anesthesia. If the patient is not happy with the result, the surgery is not redone.

Injectable Micro Implant – made from a variety of substances like polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). They are injected to the lips to create a fuller look. The results are permanent or very long lasting.

Injectable Biocatalysts – supposed to cause the body to increase formation of collagen or other tissue. Substance like poly-L-acetic acid is used for decades in sutures and other medical products. Results that take time to develop appear to be longer lasting.

Synthetic Lip Implants – are solid strips, which are implanted under the surface of the lips to expand them. The common used type of implant is made from expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE). The surgeon makes incisions at each corner of the lip and a special appliance is passed inside the lip from one incision to the other. The implant is then grasped by the appliance and pulled through the other end of the lip. They last until they are removed.

Tissue Derived Implants – implants are made from materials, which are harvested from human donor cadavers. The tissue is sterilized and then processed into thin sheets and then the thin strip is implanted into the lips the same way as a synthetic implant. They may last up to 2 years but eventually break down and absorbed by the body.

 Lip Lift and Lip Reduction – a lip lift can be done on the upper lip in addition to lip augmentation or instead of it. An incision in the width of the nose is made below the nose, and then a thin strip of tissue and skin is removed. The incision is closed which will pull up the lip and rotate it slightly outwards. The surgery usually takes up to 90 minutes and can be done under local anesthesia. The stitches are removed in a week’s time.

Suitable Patients for a Lip Augmentation

• Patients must be at a good health condition and healthy both mentally and physically

• Patients who are over the age of 18 are able to get a lip augmentation

Patients with the following are not good candidates to have the surgery

• Cold sores

• Blood clotting problems

• Have diseases such as diabetes or lupus

• Scarring of the lips

Before Lip Augmentation

• Patients must quit smoking and drinking alcohol from at least a week before the surgery

• Patients should avoid any medication and herbal supplements from 1 to 2 weeks before the surgery

• Patients are not allowed to eat or drink after midnight the evening before the surgery

After Lip Augmentation

• The patient will be sent home a few hours after the surgery

• There will be ointment on the lip and patients must keep the lip moist with ointments as instructed

• There will be swelling on and around the lips and will subside within 2 weeks from the surgery

• Patients must take medication such as pain killers and antibiotics prescribed by the surgeon correctly and on time

• Patients will be advised to take vitamin C to speed up healing time

• Patients must sleep with their head elevated

• Bending, lifting and straining is restricted

• Driving is not allowed for at least one week after the surgery

Risks of Lip Augmentation

Lip augmentation risks are usually not serious and are very rare but like every surgery lip augmentation has some risks as well like

  • Infection
  • Allergic reaction to filler
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Swelling

Definition

Incision – surgical cut made in the skin during surgery or treatment

Local anesthesia – induces absence of sensation to a specific part of the body

Sutures – also called stitches, used to hold the tissues together

First day of Lip Augmentation

The patients will attend a consultation with the surgeon and will be advised about the procedure and their condition. The patient will then be taken through a couple of tests that are required before the surgery. If desired, patients can spend the day to rest and attend the hospital the next day.

Second day of Lip Augmentation

Lip augmentation surgery will be performed. The surgery will be performed using local anesthetic. The surgery will take between 1 to 1 ½ hours to perform; the duration of surgery can extend depending on the extent of surgery and other surgeries done with a lip augmentation. Lip augmentation is done on an outpatient basis. Once the surgery is over the patient will be taken to a private room where they will be staying in hospital for resting. The surgeon will perform a check up and if they are approved to be in a good, healthy condition and the surgery results are all successful; the patients are advised with post treatment care requirements and are ready to be discharged from hospital to their settlements; unless there are other surgeries performed which require for a longer stay.

Third day of Lip Augmentation

Patients will attend a post surgery appointment for a final check up and consultation. The patient will be advised on further medication. If everything is right then the patient is ready to return to their destination; unless patients undergo other surgeries together with a lip augmentation surgery, which require for them to stay longer.

Notes

• Trip schedule may vary. medicTurkey patient relations will provide you a detailed trip schedule before the travel.

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What is Lip Augmentation?

Lip augmentation (also known as lip enhancement) is a cosmetic surgery and the solution for thin and unattractive lips.

How is Lip Augmentation done?

Filler is usually either injected into the lip or surgically positioned in the upper or lower lip to augment it.

How long does Lip Augmentation surgery take?

The surgery usually takes an hour or 90 minutes using local anesthesia.

How long do I need to stay in hospital?

The surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis so the patient is sent home a few hours after surgery.

How long do I need to stay in Turkey?

The recommended stay in Turkey for Lip Augmentation is 3 days including consultation before the surgery and after the surgery.

Are there any risks of Lip Augmentation?

With Lip augmentation it is very rare for risks to occur but like every surgery there are some possibilities such as

  • Infection
  • Reaction to anesthesia
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Swelling

Devices used in a Lip Augmentation Surgery

There are no special technical devices used in a Lip Augmentation surgery.

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