Plump luscious lips are a
sub-conscious biological sign of youth and fertility. As women age; estrogen
levels decrease causing the lips to lose their volume and appear progressively
thinner over time. Lip lines might form as well, causing lipstick to bleed into
The main goal of lip augmentation is to restore lips to their once youthful sexy
plumpness and give thin lips volume again.
Fillers that are on the market
today each has their own side effect profile. The main risk of animal-derived
collagen fillers (bovine collagen) is an allergic reaction and even people who
have tested negative to the pre-allergy test required before treatment sometimes
can experience an allergic reaction to the product after it is injected.
human derived collagen fillers appear to be very well tolerated.
The newer, synthetic, injected
fillers such as
Perlane and Hylaform reportedly have
minimal side effects however some patients have reported prolonged swelling and
inflammation along with nodules at the injection sites with Perlane.
Alloderm is an acellular collagen
material made from a human donor. The material is purified, freeze dried, than
re-hydrated prior to use. The AlloDerm is placed into the lips and integrates
into the surrounding tissue as the body grows and heals around the graft. There
are conjectural risks of transmission of disease from donor tissues although an
extensive screening of the tissues is performed before implantation.
has shown that it isn’t permanent and is eventually absorbed into the body. The
surgery for having Alloderm placed is much more invasive than an injectable
dermal filler. Excessive swelling is normal for a period of two to three weeks
after the procedure is done.
The permanent fillers (Artefill
and Silikon 1000) carry several risks, including migration, granuloma (a hard,
bumpy scar), lumps or severe inflammation. You and your physician need to
discuss the risks and benefits of the different options if you choose to have
lip augmentation with fillers.
Lip Implants carry their own set
of risks, such as loss of mobility of the lips, infection, migration, extrusion
and or hardness or firmness to the lips. In as much as lip implants are
permanent, they also are able to be removed easily if the patient should decide
they are not for them.
Infection is a common but treatable risk.
Other complications of the removable
Advanta) are less common but include
migration, extrusion, decreased mobility, and irritation from a poor fitting
implant. The hollow implants (UltraSoft) allow your own tissues to grow into
them which decrease the risk of
infection, rejection, and mobility however they
cannot be removed if there is a complication.
Cost is variable on the lip
implants. All implants carry the risk of permanent discoloration, scarring, and
deformity. If you decide on implants, you and your physician will need to
discuss the risks and benefits in detail.
RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH LIP
lip lift is a permanent surgical
procedure. Some of the risks of lip lifts are scarring under the nasal area, if
the patient is prone to
keloids or hypertrophic scarring this procedure is not
for you. Unnatural shape of asymmetry to the lips might occur along with the
risk of infection, inflammation and bleeding.