Lip augmentation or lip enhancement is for many women who desire fuller lips; some because they were never blessed and others because the ageing process has caused their lips to thin and wrinkles to form around the mouth.
Temporary lip enhancement; the lips are injected with a dermal filler to either provide plumper lips or to enhance the shape.
Permanent lip augmentation; for those who are happy with the results of a lip enhancement but aren’t keen on the regular top-ups necessary with temporary dermal fillers then there is a permanent solution. The PermaLip implant is made out of soft silicone that can be inserted into the lips.
Lip augmentation: Am I suitable?
Permanent lip augmentation; you should be in good general health and should not be suffering from cold sores, certain diseases such as diabetes or lupus, or blood clotting problems.
Lip augmentation: What can I do to prepare?
Permanent lip augmentation; if you are a smoker you may be required to stop smoking before having this procedure. Your practitioner will advise you on what else you should do to prepare.
Lip augmentation: What’s the treatment like?
Temporary lip enhancement; the procedure should take about 30 minutes. The injections can be quite painful so usually an anaesthetic cream is applied about an hour prior to the procedure or local anaesthetic nerve block injections are given. Then the dermal filler is injected where needed.
Permanent lip augmentation; the procedure takes less than an hour. Under local anaesthesia, a small incision is made in both corners of the lips and the implant is inserted. The incision is then closed.
Lip augmentation: What about after?
Temporary lip enhancement; there will be some immediate post-treatment swelling but this should subside quite quickly. There might also be a small amount of bleeding at the injection site.
Temporary lip fillers will only last about six to nine months and then a top- up treatment will be required.
Permanent lip augmentation; the lips will swell up for about three to four days and there will be a degree of bruising. The lips will be sensitive for about two weeks but once the after effects have settled then you should not be able to feel the implant.
Lip augmentation: Are there any risks or side effects?
Temporary lip enhancement; there are minimal risks associated with temporary dermal fillers.
Permanent lip augmentation; there is a chance you may have an allergic reaction to the implant, but the PermaLip can be removed quite easily. It should not rupture or migrate to the surrounding areas and the coating on the implant should preclude excessive scar tissue.
Lip augmentation: What will it cost me?
Temporary lip enhancement; costs between £150 and £200 per treatment.
Permanent lip augmentation; PermaLip costs from £2,000 to £3,000.