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What is Lip Augmentation?
WHY OPT FOR LIP ENHANCEMENT?
- Giving volume to aging and thin lips
- Improving symmetry of the lower and upper lips
- Defining the form of flat and thin lips
Surgical lip augmentation is an excellent option for patients who do not like to come in for frequent temporary procedures. Patients who are looking for a permanent solution to augment their lips typically prefer these surgeries.
PREPARING FOR THE SURGERY
Before your lip augmentation procedure, you will need to meet with Dr. Williams to discuss your beauty goals. The two of you will go over your complete medical history, and Dr. Williams will tell you about your options. Once the best option for you is chosen, a date will be set for the procedure.
You will need to discontinue smoking and taking blood thinners before your scheduled lip augmentation surgery. If you are suffering from oral herpes, you may be prescribed antiviral drugs.
This procedure involves the use of small implants to give volume to the lips. It is ideal for patients who have fairly symmetrical lips and have sufficient lip tissue to cover the implant.
The following kinds of implants may be used:
- Expanded polytetrafluoroethylene
It takes about 30 minutes to complete lip augmentation with implants. After sterilizing the area, the lips are numbed with local anesthesia. The surgeon makes an incision on the corner of the mouth. A clamp is introduced into the incision to create a pocket. After the creation of the pocket, the clamp is opened and the implant is inserted inside the pocket. The clamp is removed, and the incision is stitched closed.
SURGICAL LIP LIFT
A surgical lip lift is a way to show more of the upper lip in order to increase fullness. Many incision techniques are available depending on your desired results.
The lip lift is performed under local anesthesia with sedation. Small incisions are created, and then skin is carefully removed. The remaining skin is lifted, and then the incisions are closed using sutures.
RECOVERY AFTER LIP AUGMENTATION
After your lip enhancement procedure, you will need to rest and recover. Swelling will be present but will fade in time. Take steps to moisturize your lips while they heal, since the lips are prone to dryness during this time.
It will be necessary to be careful while brushing your teeth during recovery. Do not sleep on your face, and avoid physically taxing activities. Smoking must also be avoided during the healing process, since it can create complications.
LIP AUGMENTATION COST
Generally, the price of a lip augmentation procedure starts at $600. Exact cost varies depending on the details of the chosen procedure, including total surgical time and anesthesia costs.
To find out more about lip augmentation in Memphis, contact the office of Dr. Micheal Williams. Scheduling a consultation with Dr. Williams is the best way to learn about which lip augmentation procedure is right for you!