Lip augmentation includes any enlargement or restructuring of the lips. These procedures are typically performed through the use of injectable fillers, implants, or surgical reshaping. In most cases, the surgery performed during a lip augmentation focuses primarily on the upper lip, as well as the skin between the upper lip and nose. Work is sometimes done to the lower lip, although this is much less common.
Am I a Candidate For Lip Augmentation?
Cosmetic lip augmentations are by definition performed on patients with otherwise normal and functioning lips. The main purpose of such an operation, therefore, is to provide more symmetrical, better-structured lips. This in turn creates better aesthetic proportions and balance with other facial features. Individuals with overall stable health who wish to alter the shape and size of their lips are strong candidates for this type of treatment.
The following conditions may require you to discuss them fully with top OKC cosmetic surgeon Dr. Benien before choosing to receive lip augmentation:
- Facial nerve disorders
- Recurring and serious cold sores
- History of multiple or severe allergies
- Certain autoimmune disorders
How Lip Augmentation Works
The process of a successful lip augmentation begins long before any surgeries are performed. Accurate and detailed preoperative consultations are critical. Such meetings allow cosmetic surgeons to work closely with patients to identify any deficient or poorly structured lip features. Once these are identified, and a plan for the most effective reshaping operation is in place, patients will undergo lip augmentation or lip reshaping using one of three methods: injectable fillers, implants, or surgical procedures.
Injectable fillers such as collagen and autologous fat are frequently used to give lips a new, fuller shape. Implants of either synthetic or biologic materials are also used to accomplish similar results. To complete these types of procedures, Dr. Benien will administer anesthetics before making small incisions through which the implants are positioned. Altering lip shape, size, and structure through strictly surgical methods typically involves a process of making incisions, trims, and sutures. This method uses local tissues of the face to create a new lip structure.
What Happens After Lip Augmentation?
Regardless of what type of procedure you receive, a certain amount of swelling, soreness, bruising, and postoperative tenderness is typical. These symptoms should subside in seven to ten days, and are best treated with ice packs and painkillers. In addition, you should try to limit talking, smiling, and laughing in the first 24 hours after treatment. Dr. Benien may provide oral analgesics, and mouth rinses are often suggested to help all sutures remain clean. Sutures are usually removed within a week of surgery.
The results of lip augmentation are intended to be long lasting, and so a series of postoperative check-ups will be performed to ensure that appropriate lip shape, size, and symmetry have been achieved.
Learn More About Lip Augmentation in Oklahoma City
To learn more about lip augmentation in Oklahoma City, contact Dr. Paul F. Benien, Jr. at 405-691-3111. Dr. Benien's office is located at 9617 S. Pennsylvania, just minutes from Will Rogers World Airport. Service areas include: Oklahoma City, Tuttle, Edmond, Norman, Moore, Tulsa, Midwest City, Lawton, Yukon, Stillwater, Mustang, Shawnee, Blanchard and Elk City, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Houston.