Lip augmentation is a safe procedure that does not carry a great deal of risks and complications, however it is important to keep in mind that it is a form of surgery and therefore there is always a risk that problems could arise afterwards. Some patients experience excessive bleeding after the surgery that requires a second surgery being done to halt the flow of blood. There is always a risk of infection with any type of surgery and lip augmentation is no different. If you develop an infection the plastic surgeon will prescribe antibiotics for you and if the antibiotics do not clear up the infection then it may be necessary to remove the lip implant until the infection is completely healed.
Always discuss any of your worries about surgery with the plastic surgeon before you embark on the augmentation and ask all of the questions that you need to. It is important to disclose all of your medical history to the surgeon beforehand so he is aware of any condition that could bring about a complication during or after the surgery.
Next to other types of elective surgery, there are very few risks involved with having lip augmentation and the risks vary depending on what type of injectable filler or lip implant was used. Injections carry a greater risk of inflammation but there is more pain in regards to having a lip implant.
The greatest risk with a bovine collagen injection is that of an allergic reaction. Collagen comes from purified bovine tissue in cows and some patients are allergic to this substance. Before having this procedure you should have an allergy skin test to make sure that you will not experience an adverse reaction to the injection. It is extremely rare but there have been cases where mad cow disease was transmitted to humans by way of collagen injections. This risk has been addressed however in most cases as cattle used for collagen are kept in quarantine.
Fat that is taken from a patient’s own body and then is injected into the lips is not likely to cause an allergic reaction but there is still the chance that an infection will occur as well as other types of infrequent complications. Restylane is a biodegradable, non-animal gel that derives from hyaluronic acid and is manufactured by our bodies and is therefore unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. However this injectable filler potentially can cause some side effects such as bruising, tenderness, swelling, redness and a moderate level of discomfort. Most of these side effects should go away a couple of days following the surgery. If they do not then return to the plastic surgeon’s office right away. If you develop a fever or if the swelling you are experiencing becomes excessive and is accompanied by pressure and a great deal of pain then this is more than likely a sign that an infection is starting and you should seek treatment as soon as possible.