If you’re unhappy with your lips – perhaps they are showing signs of ageing or you want a fuller profile – there are a number of options you can consider. A cosmetic lip lift is a popular choice with people who are happy to go through a full surgical procedure. Options for those who do not want to go through such are also plentiful.
In the article that follows we will briefly take a look at what a lip lift involves and the differences between a lift and the non-surgical options. Let’s get started.
What is a Lip Lift?
A lip lift is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to restore or add shape and life to the lips. The procedure is among the most popular of all cosmetic surgery procedures, and is very successful. However, it does require the patient to undertake a general anesthetic, which is off-putting for some.
The procedure itself is performed by a qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeon. They will remove a section of the upper lip. A suture will then be used in the nasal crease – where it will not be seen after healing – to bring the now shorter upper lip sections together. The result is that, as healing takes place, the lips form in a fuller and more shapely fashion.
There will be soreness and a disfigurement in the immediate aftermath of the procedure, as healing can take several weeks and in some cases months, but a lip lift is a popular and successful method of having better looking lips if you don’t mind the length of time it takes. The result of the lip lift is permanent which is not the case with the alternatives including lip fillers that we will look at next.
What are the Types of Lip Fillers?
If you are averse to the idea of cosmetic surgery, there are procedures for enhancing the lips that do not require an anesthetic or incisions. Be aware that they do involve a needle, but it is as fine a needle as you will ever see, and most patients report no pain whatsoever. There are two options: Botox, and dermal fillers.
Botox is a trade name for a process involving the injection of botulinum toxin. This is a highly toxic substance that, in uncontrolled form, could theoretically wipe out life on earth with a small amount. However, the Botox procedure uses a miniscule amount, and is performed many thousands of times a day across the world.
Botox is a neurotoxin that blocks the signals to the brain which instruct the muscles. So when injected into the lips it will temporarily stop the muscles within from doing their job. This will enable the upper lip to turn upwards as normal service resumes. There is no recovery time, and the procedure takes half an hour, but the results last just a couple of months.
The dermal filler method involves the injection of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers which are similarly injected into the lips. These add bulk to the lips and also stimulate collagen production, resulting in a natural look that will last around 8 to 10 months.
Even if you indulge in the most stringent skin care and beauty regimes you will find parts of the face and body that you may not be satisfied with. Often, the lips are to the fore among these. The above procedures all offer a solution and in terms of cost range from the more expensive surgery option of Botox, which is surprisingly affordable but needs repeating. The choice is yours, and we hope we’ve helped you understand your choices.