For those looking to permanently improve the shape and size of the lips, implants can help you augment the lips to form a more balanced or shapely look. If it’s time to find a more long-term solution to thin lips, and you aren’t keen on fillers or feel you want to move on from reoccurring treatments, lip implant surgery could be the right solution for you.
Lip Surgery, otherwise known as a lip augmentation, this form of cosmetic surgery involves implants being inserted into the lips in order to restore and/or generate volume and give a fuller, more pronounced appearance to the mouth as a whole. Tailored to suit your individual needs, lip surgery can improve the shape and size of the lips, even helping to restore lips that have suffered during the ageing process.
Although injectable lip augmentation is very popular, surgery offers a permanent solution that non-surgical alternatives simply cannot replicate. Lip implants – usually made of special silicone – can improve the overall structure and volume of the lips, often offering a more subtle result than injectable treatments.
During lip surgery, a silicone implant is inserted into a small incision in the lip/s, and the surgeon will ensure the placement of the implant is just right. The size of implant is decided prior to surgery and you’ll discuss the options available – depending on the result you wish to achieve – during an initial consultation. Lip surgery takes around 1 hour, depending on the complexity of the procedure, and you will be given adequate anaesthetic before the treatment to ensure it’s not painful.
Local anaesthesia is usually offered if you have lip augmentation surgery which can take up to two hours at the clinic and you will be sent home the same day. Initially after lip surgery you may experience some swelling and discomfort but this should pass in a day or two. As the implant settles any swelling or bruising will subside and you should start to see the result of the implanted lip/s properly within 2 weeks, although the full result can take longer depending on your healing time.
It’s important to understand that while lip implants can be removed if you’re unhappy, lip surgery is considered a procedure for long-term results, so it’s important you are aware of its longevity. Managing expectations is also important; it’s important to have realistic expectations about the outcome. Enhancement surgery may make your lips plumper and fuller, but you will still be you when you walk out of the clinic. Only have lip surgery for you – not to fit an image ideal.
As with all cosmetic procedures, there are risks and complications associated with lip surgery. The chance of infection – while small – should be considered, as does the risk of bleeding, swelling and bruising to the treatment area after the surgery. You will need to allow a week for healing, and it’s suggested you take a few days off work to recover. Lip implants are made of synthetic materials so while your body will not absorb these, because they are synthetic, there is a risk of allergic reaction.