There’s nothing wrong with enhancing our own sense of emotional well-being. Like getting a permanent lip augmentation treatment, for example. If you are interested in lip augmentation treatments, visit us at Lasting Skin Solutions in Fitchburg, WI. There is nothing selfish or egocentric about want to look and feel better about ourselves.
In our profession, we find that most people misunderstand the term, “plastic surgery.” Too many believe that all kinds of plastic surgery involve invasive surgical treatment. Or, they believe that it is expensive. In fact, many forms of plastic surgery, like permanent lip augmentations, are really non-surgical treatments.
What Is Permanent Lip Augmentation?
Most people know about lip augmentation treatment through its popularity with celebrities, although it’s a common procedure now. Many people opt to get temporary lip filler injections for fuller-looking, lustrous, and youthful lips.
Temporary lip fillers use a compound called hyaluronic acid. However, temporary lip fillers only last for 3 months to 9 months at best. Additional treatments will cost you a lot of money over the long-term. Permanent lip augmentation is the longer-lasting and cost-beneficial alternative to temporary lip filler treatments.
The Permanent Lip Augmentation Treatment
A permanent lip augmentation treatment is a minimally invasive, non-surgical process. The muscle tissue of the body is never invaded. This treatment can be performed in a clinic or doctor’s office in 30 minutes to an hour, and you can go home the same day.
Instead of a temporary lip filler compound that is broken down by the body’s natural acids over months, a custom-sized lip implant is placed between the lip fat under the skin layers of your lips and the lip muscles.
Your treatment will be custom designed according to your consultation. If you have any allergies to any substances, you should make it known during the consultation.
Before the treatment, you will be given a list of instructions. Such instructions could include:
- Discontinue taking specific prescription meds, over-the-counter meds, vitamins, or herbs before treatment
- Remove jewelry, makeup, glasses, and contact lenses before treatment
- Refrain from food and water after midnight on treatment day
- Have someone drive you home after the treatment
First, your lips and the areas around your lips are sterilized and anesthetized. At Lasting Skin Solutions, our medical professionals sometimes use Botox to smooth out skin lines before initiating a lip augmentation treatment.
After numbing, a lip incision is performed on both sides of the lips from the corners of your mouth. A medical tool called an “alligator clamp,” is used to create a tunnel between your lip fat and lip muscles.
A lip-implant, an implant that you will choose during consultation and examination, is then strategically inserted into the lip tunnel via the alligator clamp. The incisions at the corners of your lips will then be closed with dissolvable stitches or sutures.
After Treatment Care
You may experience some swelling or inflammation after the treatment, which is completely normal. It will take 48 hours to a week for full recovery for most treatments.
The fillers and implants used specifically for permanent lip augmentation treatments are designed to last for at least 10 years. It’s a safe process, and over 400,000 people have received this treatment globally over the last two decades.
Any adult is eligible for a permanent lip augmentation treatment. However, there are many reasons why you might want to get a consultation for this treatment. This is a particularly good treatment for you if you wish to:
- Correct flat or deflated looking lips
- Correct loss of lip volume due to aging
- Restore a youthful aesthetic to lip lines
- Get rid of aging lip lines
Many middle-aged women opt for this treatment as their body’s estrogen levels decrease incrementally with age. As estrogen decreases, the natural volume in lips thins out. Younger women, and men as well, also undergo this treatment to correct the aesthetic visage of thin or flat lips.
The best way to tell whether or not a permanent lip augmentation treatment will work for you is to look at your lips in a mirror. When you look at your lips in your mirror reflection, are the corners of your mouth folded over due to the fullness and volume of your lips? Or, do your lips resemble a straight and flat line from one end of your mouth to the other? Is this so even when you pout or purse them? The most important question of all is whether you are happy with what you see.
If you have naturally thin lips that you want to improve, then this treatment might benefit you.
Permanent Lip Augmentation FAQ
Even though this is a minimally invasive non-surgical treatment, people have many questions about lip augmentation and various related treatments.
What Are the Differences Between Temporary Lip Fillers and Permanent Lip Augmentation?
The main differences between temporary lip fillers, also known as lip injections, and permanent lip augmentation are the appreciable lengths of aesthetic effects. Lip filler treatments only last for several months. Permanent lip augmentation treatments are designed to last for a decade.
Why Shouldn’t I Just Get Lip Filler Injections?
Lip filler injections are fine, but they are temporary and will cost you a lot of money over the long-term. Lip filler treatments involve strategically injecting a compound called hyaluronic acid into the lips. Hyaluronic acid is a gel-like compound that is safe for use in the human body.
Hyaluronic acid is naturally generated in the human body. It is mostly found in your skin, eye sockets, and the connective tissues of your body. The hyaluronic acid compound used in lip filler treatments are created using this natural acid as a base. This compound is sold under brand names like Belotero, Juvederm, Juvedrem Ultra Plus, Restylane, and Restylane Silk.
Because hyaluronic acid is naturally produced in the body, there is no fear of rejection. However, hyaluronic acid injected in the lips naturally degrades in a few weeks after reacting with the body’s natural acids. Essentially, your own body will absorb the hyaluronic injection, so, you’ll have to get new lip filler injection treatments every 3 months to 9 months. At $600 a treatment on the average, such treatments will add up over time.
A permanent lip augmentation treatment is more affordable and will save you from having to get multiple treatments every year.
What Are My Permanent Lip Augmentation Implant Options?
As explained earlier, this treatment involves inserting an implant into the lips, under the lip fat but above the lip muscles, to augment volume and fullness in flat lip lines. Let’s go a little more into detail on why these implants last a decade and the types of implants that can be used.
After a consultation, your medical professional will measure your lips, lip line, and custom shape your lip implant for you. There are many kinds of implants that can be used for your permanent lip augmentation treatment. Each type of implant has been approved for use by the FDA, is safe for use in the human body, and will last for at least a decade. These include:
This is the medical grade form of ePTFE which is the exact same synthetic material used in Gore-Tex products. Gore-Tex lip implants are soft and feature micropores. The tissue around your lips will grow around and into these implants. In time, they will become an almost natural part of your lip structure.
This lip implant product is also created from ePTFE. These implants have a tube-like shaping that anchors them into place after insertion. They also decrease the chance of migration after implantation.
This is the next generation implant version of SoftForm. It is three times softer than SoftForm.
This is a lip implant that is created via the use of donated human skin. This implant is less likely to provoke an allergic response when implanted. AlloDerm is very pliable and soft as well.
What Is a Fat Transfer Lip Implant?
The fat from parts of your body can also be extracted via liposuction and then inserted into your lips. This treatment also cuts down on rejection and allergic response risks.
Essentially, your own fat will act as the implant. However, the human body burns fat with activity. This treatment may last up to a year.
This is a more involved treatment, since liposuction is involved, and that will be costlier for you. A permanent lip augmentation treatment will be more affordable and less medically invasive.
There are many inherent benefits that you will enjoy from getting this treatment. We explain just a few of them here:
For one thing, you will lose years to decades from your facial appearance! You and everyone around you will notice how healthy and young you seem.
More Permanent Results
You won’t have to worry about getting multiple treatments every year. Imagine getting multiple injections at least 2 to 4 times every year with temporary lip fillers! Instead, this treatment will last at least a decade.
You’ll save more money with a permanent lip augmentation treatment since you don’t have to go back multiple times.
The Right Results
Your medical professional will have more control in realizing the volume and fullness that you desire from a treatment. This is especially true considering that your lip implant will be custom designed and sized for you alone. Temporary hyaluronic acid lip filler injections can be instantly absorbed into the body with an injection of a compound called hyaluronidase. Thus temporary lip filler injections can be hit or miss when it comes to your realized expectations.
As long as you have realistic aesthetic expectations, ask frank questions during consultations and examinations, and follow all medical advice, then you can achieve the full lips you desire.
Schedule a Consultation Today
There is an old saying: real truth escapes our lips when we are too old to do anything about it. So, be honest with yourself about your lips. Are your lip lines too flat whenever you smile? Do you want to see more life, volume, and fullness in your lips?
There is absolutely nothing wrong or selfish about improving the aesthetic appearance of your lips. Rather, it would be a shame to live your life without the confidence to see the reflection you want to see in your mirror.
Call or email the medical professionals at Lasting Skin Solutions in Fitchburg, WI today. We are less than a 20-minute drive south of Madison, WI. After a consultation, we can help you explore the best permanent augmentation treatment for your needs.