Having fuller and puffy lips is hugely desired and it has only been popularized by many celebrated names that are in public eyes frequently. It is true that many of us are not born with naturally full and well-contoured lips and in many instances, lip volume is lost as we age. But with the advancement in the cosmetic surgery hospitals, there are many options for lip augmentation.

Lip augmentation is a cosmetic procedure which is carried out to give the subject the desired amount of fluff or fullness. Dermal fillers are the most frequently used technique for lip augmentation today, and they are usually injected around the mouth and into the lips. Although there are other kinds of fillers, hyaluronic acids are by far the most popular types, producing the best and most predictable results. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the body.

What does the process like?

Lip augmentation with lip fillers such as Restylane Silk takes place in your cosmetic surgeon’s office. They take place quickly, and they require little downtime if any. As a standard practice before the lip augmentation is done, a local or topical agent for numbing is administered much like the dentist does before RCT. The injections themselves proceed with very fine needles, and after your doctor has noted the injection sites, they go by rapidly. After your lip augmentation, you may feel slight discomfort or swelling. Avoid wearing lipstick, and apply a cool cloth or ice if needed. After a short period of time, you will see a remarkable difference in the lips.  

What should be considered before going for lip augmentation?

The cosmetic surgery hospitals have all the expertise and the latest surgical procedures for lip augmentation but there are obviously a few things which need to be considered. These are:

·         Side effects- It must be noted that the results of lip augmentation is apparent immediately. But it could take a few days for any swelling to settle down. Application of ice can help. If the filler needs to be quickly removed, for example in the case of an allergic reaction, injection of the enzyme hyaluronidase can dissolve it rapidly, to remove it from the lips. However, only a qualified doctor can administer this and other medicines, so once again, it is really important to go to a registered medical practitioner. Other possible side effects include bleeding, tenderness and reactivation of cold sores. More serious, prolonged side effects can include lip asymmetry, infection, and scarring.

·         Doctor's experience- With such huge hype around the success of the lip augmentation surgery in the cosmetic surgery hospitals, it is important to double-check on the hospital or even the cosmetologist who is in practice. Therefore, you need to double-check on the doctor's qualifications and the acumen which is required to conduct a sensitive surgery like lip augmentation. Additionally, you must also be aware of the fact that you are not a fit candidate for lip augmentation if you have diabetes, blood clotting disorders and active infection such as cold sores.