People who are unhappy with the volume of their lips and people who have noticeable lines around the mouth may be good candidates for lip augmentation. For some people, the thin lips are something that they've been unhappy with for their whole lives. For others, the lip volume has decreased steadily over time (a common effect of aging) until they are left with lips that don't look as plump as they once did.
There are two main types of lip augmentations. The most common is the injection of a substance (either natural or synthetic substances may be used) into the lips to cause an immediate volume increase. The other main lip augmentation option is lip implants. With lip implants, the plastic surgeon will create very small incisions at the corners of the mouth. Through these incisions, the material is inserted and then gently moved into place.
It can vary dramatically according to the procedure. With injectable substances that add lip volume, the product will last for several months in some cases or for a year or more in other cases depending on the product used. Lip implants will last considerably longer. Since the material used in lip implants will not dissipate over time, it can be considered a more permanent lip augmentation.
This is a highly individual decision, one that is best made with the help and guidance of Dr. Bray. For patients who aren't ready to commit to a long-term correction, injectables may be best. For people who want to have a permanent and consistent look, implants may be ideal. Patient allergies and sensitivities should also be taken into account when making this decision.
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