aumento de labios

Frequently Asked Questions about Lip Augmentation Surgery -FAQS

What is lip augmentation?

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Lips may be small, thin, unfleshed, or unshapely. They may present small asymmetries or scars, caused either by inheritance, trauma or previous treatments. By means of the infiltration of certain substances it is possible to obtain more volume, to improve the form, to give symmetry, projection or to profile the lips, always maintaining a natural and aesthetic appearance.

What area of the lips can be improved with these fillers?

According to the needs of each patient, the implantation can be carried out in 3 ways: in the most posterior or internal area of the lips that contacts the teeth or gums in order to give projection and eversion; in the center or fleshy portion to increase globally and achieve volume; and/or in the mucocutaneous edge (union of the skin with the labial mucosa) to define and profile the lip or eliminate peribuccal wrinkles.

What is hyaluronic acid and what advantages does it have for lip filling?

Hyaluronic acid is a polysaccharide that is present in human connective tissues including the skin. It is the main elastic component of the skin. It contains water (99.5%), and plays an important role in the formation of stable collagen and in the organization of the extracellular matrix. The advantages of this type of filler for lip augmentation are among others:

-It is a natural, biodegradable and resorbable (temporary) product. Approximately 1 year depending on the product used, infiltrated volume and injection technique.
-The implant is integrated into the tissues in a natural way, allowing oxygen and nutrients to pass through the skin.
-It allows to maintain an adequate hydration of the skin and a characteristic turgidity of the youth, reason why the results, in lips, are aesthetically evident and above all very natural as much visually as to the tact.

Can I use this technique to improve lip asymmetries?

Occasionally there are patients who have a different lip to the other, not only between the upper and lower lip, but there may also be differences between the lip on one side and the other. These small imperfections can be very evident, and fortunately can be corrected very satisfactorily with the use of hyaluronic acid type fillers.

 Does lip augmentation hurt?

It is a procedure that can be performed with cream anesthesia or local anesthesia like that of the dentist, so it is completely painless both in the application and afterwards. If injected without anesthesia if it is painful. In Clinica Sanza we advise you to use anaesthesia, like the dentist’s, and to be able to work well, without pain, and have a better result.

Can I talk, laugh or kiss after the placement?

Once the filling material has been placed in the lip, we suggest relative rest of the area, avoiding intense gesticulation, kissing, chewing with energy during the first 12 to 24 hours to avoid displacements of the molecule of Hyaluronic acid, or inflammation. After this time you can make normal movements.

I have a history of cold sores, can I have my lips filled?

Yes, but taking Acyclovir for a few days to prevent it. The placement of the filling on the lips can condition temporary inflammation and sometimes a modification of the defenses of the area and therefore favor the appearance of cold sores, so we recommend the prevention of herpes in patients with a history of suffering it, and prevent it from happening.

What is the best lip augmentation with hyaluronic acid or with its own fat?

They are two different procedures and depending on what each patient wants can be effective one or the other. Lip augmentation with hyaluronic acid is a temporary solution while lip lipofilling is a permanent solution. The first is a medical procedure and the other involves a minimal intervention. In any case, that decision must be made by the patient in consensus with the plastic surgeon so that he can advise you which is the most suitable option for you.

If I don’t like it, should I have a bad year?

No. Hyaluronic acid has an antidote called hyaluronidase. If you do not like the result or you see any asymmetry we can inject hyaluronidase and will reabsorb the hyaluronic acid in 24-48h.

Are there other substances or ways to augment the lips?

Yes, we do not recommend calcium hydroxyapatite because it is harder and may form a lump. There are permanent fillers such as silicones or methacrylate, but we do not recommend them because over the years they produce deformities in the lips.

Is there a definitive increase?

If a patient wants a definitive augmentation we recommend 3 surgical techniques:

1-micro-fat graft

2- Eversion labial with advances V-Y or W-Y, that is to say, a few cuts are made inside the labial mucosa which we suture in such a way that the lip comes out and is permanently more.

3- Upper lip lift. Only for the upper lip through an incision below the nostrils which allows to raise and evertir the lip giving more volume, but shortening the distance of the filtrum (distance between nostrils and profile of the upper lip).

All these techniques are performed under local anesthesia as the dentist and on an outpatient basis.

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