For some, the temporary volumizing effect of lip filler injections is a positive feature. After all, anyone can eventually have a change of heart regarding their new look. Hyaluronic acid, which is found in injectable fillers such as Juvederm or Belotero, is naturally metabolized by the body and eventually dissolves until its results fade away. Generally, these injectables last anywhere from 4 months to a year, though the precise amount of time will depend on the individual and on the type of filler that was used. To maintain the effects of them, one would have to continue to make future trips to the plastic surgeon. Lip implants, on the other hand, are permanent and have a relatively short recovery period. For those who do not wish to make regular trips to maintain the effects of their injectable fillers, permanent implants might be a suitable solution.
What You Should Know About Lip Implants
If you have already tried lip injections and are now interested in a permanent solution to achieve fuller lips, lip implants are a great option. Lip implants are made of soft silicone and are inserted in the lips to add volume. Additionally, there are different lengths and thickness levels available, allowing prospective patients the ability to select the option that best addresses the appearance they are seeking to achieve.
One concern many patients have when deciding if lip implants are an appropriate option is regarding the softness of their lips. Lip implants are soft to the touch and typically do not have any noticeable difference or hardness compared to your natural lips, even when kissing. The only change you will recognize is in the volume they add.
About the Procedure
Lip implants can be done for your upper lip, lower lip, or both. They are inserted at one side of the lip, near the corner, and are passed horizontally through the length of the lip through small incisions. After the procedure is complete, the recovery process will usually take about a month, though bruising and swelling will typically subside within the first five to seven days. After a few months, final shape will settle in. To ensure you have a speedy recovery, your plastic surgeon might recommend applying a cold compress during the first week to minimize the swelling and to sleep with your head at an elevated level.
Every surgical procedure presents a risk of complications, but those associated with lip implants are comparatively low. The most common risk of lip implants is infection. To prevent this, your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic for a week or more after the surgery. Make sure you follow of your doctor’s post-operative instructions to minimize the risk of complications.
Lip Augmentation in Las Vegas
At Smith Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas, Dr. Smith and his trained medical staff at Chic la Vie are dedicated to ensuring every patient is satisfied with the results of their lip enhancement procedure, whether it involves permanent implants or temporary injectable fillers. If you are unhappy with the shape of your lips and wish to have a fuller, more defined look, contact us today!
Schedule an appointment by calling (702) 838-2455 and get started on achieving the look you have always wanted.