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Types of lip augmentation
All types of surgery require a certain level of responsibility by the patient. This is especially true for the different types of lip augmentation, each requiring a lot of responsibility. If you think you're ready then its time to choose the type of lip augmentation. There are different types of lip augmentation procedures and they can be administered by injection or by implant.
Here are the most popular injections and implants to give you an overview of the different types of lip augmentation. Once you've researched the different types of lip augmentation that might suit you, an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon can help you decide which option best suits your needs.
For an injected lip augmentation, your surgeon will most likely use topical anesthesia directly to the lip area. This type of lip augmentation can be performed on an outpatient basis in the doctor's office or an outpatient center, where you will be sent home the same day.
A synthetic material called Artecoll is one type of lip augmentation that is injected into the lips to achieve a plump look. However, because it's synthetic, you are at higher risk of having an allergic reaction to it than with an injection of collagen or fat, but Artecoll's results last longer than those treatments.
Another type of injection is Autologen, which is made up of your own collagen. Autologen is extracted from another place on your body and injected into your lips. The results are only temporary, however, there's no risk of allergic reaction. If you're not ready to commit to the permanent results, this might be the method for you.
Collagen extracted from cows can also be injected into the lips. Unlike human collagen, cow collagen presents a risk of allergic reaction, and its best to have your surgeon give you a test dose before proceeding with the full procedure. Results can usually last anywhere from four weeks to three months.
Dermalogen is another type of collagen, also called injectable Human Tissue Matrix. It's extracted from deceased human donors and is also a temporary fix, but your body should not reject it like cow collagen.
Fascia injections use a specific type of connective tissue harvested either from your own body or from a deceased human donor. It can be injected or implanted, but within a year your body will reabsorb the fascia. HylaForm is a material created from natural body substances, but you will need repeated treatments to maintain the results.
Restylane is a clear gel that contains hyaluronic acid, a substance, which occurs naturally in humans. There is only a slight chance for an allergic reaction and it's biodegradable, so your body will absorb it within about six months of the injection.
Fat from your own thighs or abdomen can be injected into your lips as well, with no risk of allergic reaction and permanent results. This fat can also be implanted surgically.
Different types of lip augmentation also include implants and surgeries. You will most likely receive local anesthesia for this type of lip augmentation as well. Certain procedures can take up to two hours at a doctor's office or outpatient center, depending on the complexity, and you will be sent home the same day.
Fat grafting is the surgical method of inserting fat extracted from your body, and into your lips to achieve the desired fullness. Permanent results may be achieved, but this result will vary from person to person. There is a chance that your body can reabsorb it because it is your own fat.
Alloderm is a sheet of collagen created from post-mortem humans. The sheets are inserted through tiny incisions made on the inside part of the lip. The Alloderm type of lip augmentation offers only a temporary fix, with results lasting up to 12 months.
Permanent results can be achieved through Gore-Tex and SoftForm types of lip implants. These are made of synthetic materials, so unlike some of the other options, your body will not absorb these. However, because they are synthetic, there is a risk of allergic reaction.
When deciding what types of lip augmentation will suit you the best, remember that there is a level of responsibility you must accept before and after surgery. Consult with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon to help you decide which of these techniques suit you the best, and get ready to pucker up.