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What No One Tells You About Lip Augmentation

Who wouldn’t want a pouty pucker? Full, sensual lips are sought after by most women, as they are a sign of youth and desirability. If you do not come by full lips naturally then lip augmentation might be a solution to your pucker problem.

Lip augmentation makes use of biological or synthetic products and in some cases surgical restructuring in order to enlarge and enhance the appearance of the lips. There are many different types of procedures that can be made use of to improve the size of the lips. Lip augmentation is broken down into two categories- augmentations by way of injectable fillers and augmentations by way of implants and surgery.

When a patient opts for injectable filler the surgery will be done on an outpatient basis at a hospital or clinic and it will be done under local anesthesia. The local anesthetic (or pain killer) may be topical (as in applied directly to the skin) or it may be injected before the start of the procedure. There are many different types of injectable fillers that can be used for the lips. Some of the most common injections include Artecoll, Argiform, Autologen, Bovine Collagen, Dermalogen, HylaForm, Restylane, Juvaderm, and Isolagen.

When a patient decides to have a lip implant and surgery, it will be done under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Lip augmentation by way of an implant will be performed at a hospital or private clinic. A lip implant can take anywhere from an hour and a half to two hours to complete. Types of lip implant include AlloDerm, Fascia Grafts, Fat Injections, Fat Grafting, Gore-Tex, Softform, Local Flap Grafts, UltraSoft and Advanta.

Having lip augmentation can be painful and some procedures will cause more discomfort than others. In general having injections will cause less pain to the patient than having a lip implant. For example, a Gore-Tex implant will bring with it more discomfort than will having Bovine Collagen injected into your lips. Keep in mind that while lip augmentation may not be major surgery, it is still a form of surgery and therefore brings with it some discomfort.

Be aware that the results of lip augmentation will not be permanent, as eventually the body will reabsorb the substance. This varies from person to person and it is dependent on what procedure is done. For example a collagen injection is likely to last anywhere from three to six months while a fat injection can last anywhere from three months to 12 months or more. Ask the plastic surgeon for the estimated longevity of each type of procedure before you decide on the one you want.

The cost of lip augmentation varies with the technique and product that is chosen. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2003 the cost of a lip implant was estimated at $1,325. Injectable fillers cost different prices dependent on the filler that is used. For example collagen costs on average $373. Most insurance companies will not pay for lip augmentation because it is considered to be a cosmetic procedure.

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