There are several ways to achieve lip augmentation; the correct procedure for any one person must be only decided after consultation with an experienced professional. Generally speaking, most people go for dermal fillers to enhance the shape of their lips or to remove fine wrinkles and lines in or around the lip area. Dermal fillers are usually made from synthetic hyaluronic acid, but may also be fat based.
Fat injections use fat harvested from other areas of your body such as the abdomen. It is purified before being injected into the lip area. Some doctors offer solid implants within the lip as a permanent solution, but there are many disadvantages to using these. Firstly, they go hard over time and so your lips do not feel naturally soft. Also, many solid implants give the lips a sausage shape rather than a natural curved shape so the end result is not what you would have liked. Such implants may also shrink or shift and they may become infected.
The only disadvantage with dermal fillers is that they do not last and so have to be repeated. However it is possible to have fillers made from silicone micro-droplets injected into the lips as a more permanent solution. It is necessary to use a very experienced doctor to have this done as many use too much of the product in each injection and the result is then almost as bad as that hard implant that takes the curve out of your lips. It can end up looking quite bumpy and lumpy; not what you really want when it comes to lips.
But when done properly with tiny amounts placed carefully into the right position, the result will be more subtle and natural. Better still, this kind of dermal filler is less likely to cause swelling or bruising. Before undergoing any lip augmentation injections it is wise to avoid taking aspirin based products, herbal products and vitamin E for a week to reduce bruising problems, because bruising in the lips cannot be treated with a laser.
When silicone based injections are used, the results will not be immediately visible. Rather, you need to have several sessions one month apart for the best result. Silicone is not used to remove wrinkles or lines around the lips though. It is only used in the lip area or right at the edge of the lips to augment the outline. Other dermal fillers are used to treat those wrinkle problems.
Dermal fillers are made from various substances that are used to inject certain areas of the face or body to removes wrinkles. Rather, they are more for soft folds and lines than actual deep wrinkles. The filler material stays under the skin and its effect is to plump up underneath the skin so that the volume is restored, rather like placing a tiny cushion there.
This type of treatment is ideal for certain facial lines and folds such as are found in the cheeks. It can also be used on the back of the hands to reduce the appearance of prominent veins and the décolleté to plump up the skin and remove sagging. It is also used to restore fullness to the lips or restore symmetry where the lips have become unbalanced. It can be used just along the outline of the lips or to give more volume within the lip area.
So what is the ingredient in dermal fillers? They can be made of natural or synthetic substances. Generally speaking they contain synthetic hyaluronic acid. This is a substance that occurs naturally in the skin of both humans and animals in its real form. It is plentiful in younger people, but gradually disappears over time as we age and its loss causes wrinkles and lines. They can also be made of other ingredients.
On very rare occasions there may be an allergic reaction to dermal fillers, but they can be dissolved if necessary. Filler ingredients are of varying thicknesses and which one is the most suitable to use on your face will be decided by the doctor. Much depends on just how deep those wrinkles are.
Just like Botox injections, dermal fillers will usually require repeated applications as the body gradually absorbs the filler. Some last for six months; others may last for eighteen months. It depends on how much was used and the type of skin you have. Often repeat injections have a longer-lasting effect.
Some people find that the injections hurt a little more than Botox, but usually a topical anaesthetic is used to reduce this problem. Any swelling usually is resolved within a few days and patients can often go about their usual work routine straight away. This depends on just what was done and where. In some cases of lip treatment there is swelling that is more noticeable. Any redness is easily covered with make-up.
There is a perception in the community that cosmetic surgeons are not real doctors, or that they do not have the same comprehensive training as surgeons who operate in other fields, but this is quite wrong. In fact, they have trained for longer than many other doctors, because they go through the exact same training and then even more training in their field of speciality – cosmetic surgery.
Many specialist cosmetic surgeons will have actually completed up to 16 years of training from the time they leave high school. However, in Australia it is possible for any doctor to perform a cosmetic surgery operation whether they are trained in that field or not if the patient consents to it. That is why it is a good idea to check credentials before you choose a surgeon for your cosmetic needs.
Training with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons will take five or six years and after that there is a one to two year period of semi-supervised training. In addition most qualified surgeons belong to a number of associations such as the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). To be a member of that you have to be a Fellow of the Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS). There are other similar societies in other countries, of course.
To be a member of these societies and associations you have to be eminently trained and qualified and adhere to a strict code of ethics. So when you consult such a doctor and see those certificates upon the wall of his consulting rooms then you can feel at ease in knowing that he is truly a ‘real’ doctor.
Remember that cosmetic surgery is still surgery and it is basically a subspecialty of medicine. It is unique in that it is restricted to the enhancement or restoration of appearance through surgery or other medical techniques such as facial peels, liposuction and laser hair removal. So if you are considering having such treatment you can have peace of mind in knowing that you are in good hands.
Many people have been helped to live a normal life through undergoing cosmetic surgery. From children born with a facial defect such as a harelip, to people who have suffered facial disfigurement due to an accident or injury of some kind and even to those who are not satisfied with some part of their appearance for any other reason – all have been helped by this type of treatment.
So many women and even some men dislike the signs of aging such as wrinkles and sagging that show in their faces, that they seek Botox Melbourne treatment. Such treatment usually takes care of wrinkles around the outer corners of the eyes – or crows’ feet as they are often called – vertical lines above the top lip and many other wrinkle sites on the face.
Some people think that a Botox injection is a filler, but it is not. There are dermal fillers that are injected into facial areas to remove wrinkles, but Botox is not one of them. Rather, this substance works to paralyse the muscles of the face so that they cannot sag and produce wrinkles. Don’t be shocked; the muscle paralysis is so minute that you will not get a frozen face look. The effects of the injections are not permanent either, so you can expect to need more treatment in about six months.
In a way this is a good thing because if the results were not what you wanted or expected you might consider trying something else such as microdermabrasion – under the advice and guidance of your skin care professional, of course. However, most people must be quite satisfied with it or it would not have topped the popularity list.
Other facial treatments to remove wrinkles include such procedures as microdermabrasion, filler injections and face lift surgery. It is always wise to go for the least invasive procedure first. That is why injections are so popular. Not all face and skin types are suited to all treatment types. Some people have really thin skin while others have lots more facial muscle.
Tests have shown that those with a smaller muscle mass in their faces have the best results than others, but that is not to say others should not try the Botox treatment. There is still an 80% success rate for them, so it is well worth pursuing. Dermal filler injections, laser skin rejuvenation, fat transfer and facial peels are other options for those whose facial wrinkles are caused by sun damage or aging. It is possible that they will work even better than Botox and they will certainly help to reduce problems such as spider veins.
Even though complications are rare, no matter what treatment you decide on make sure it is done by a qualified and experienced medical doctor for the best results.
Women who want to cheat Father Time and keep their faces looking more youthful will often seek cosmetic treatment to remove wrinkles such as crow’s feet – those wrinkles seen at the outer corner of the eyes. This can be done without invasive surgery and is the choice of most women, in consultation with a skin care professional, of course. Who would opt for surgery if there was another way?
To more fully understand treatment for these kinds of facial wrinkles you need to also understand how they are formed and why they are visible. Facial wrinkles form when the muscles of the skin thicken and sag, often due to the lack of collagen underneath the outer layer of skin. Skin folds form and light casts a shadow into the crevices. It is this shadow that makes crows feet so noticeable.
The treatment involves lifting the crevices so they are level with the surrounding skin, thus eliminating the shadow. This is done by making tiny injections of dermal filler – there are several types of this substance on the market. Most contain a natural gel-like substance known as hyaluronic acid, a substance that occurs naturally in the body making it very safe to use. This fills out the depressions caused by those loose muscles and so firms the skin. The treatment lasts for some months.
When considering facial treatment for wrinkles most people these days would immediately think of Botox, but this is not a dermal filler as such. While it is injected into the face, it works by blocking the release of the chemical that is responsible for transmitting movement signals to the muscles. The muscle contractions will therefore become weaker and this eliminates the wrinkles that are caused by muscle movement.
Both treatments help to remove wrinkles temporarily, but which one is best for your skin type should be discussed with your cosmetician.
The most popular and common wrinkle treatment these days is a simple injection of a substance known as Botox. Actually there is mostly a series of injections rather than one single prick with the needle. Having injections is much more preferable than having surgery as there is a risk to all kinds of surgery even when there is no disease or injury present.
Botox injections can be done during your lunch hour so there is no down time as with cosmetic surgery. The results become visible over the next few days as wrinkles start to even out and become much less noticeable. This will usually last for about four months before you need to have it done again, but over time this may be extended as your muscles are trained to relax. What’s all this about relaxation?
Some people have the mistaken idea that Botox is a filler that simply lifts up those wrinkles so that they are level with the rest of your skin. Not so; Botox works by blocking the substance that causes your facial muscles to move and cause wrinkles. That is why it takes a few days to become noticeable; the substance must be given time to take effect. Muscle movement is affected, but not the feel of your skin. What is the substance used in these injections?
Much has been said in the past about Botox being a poison. This is obviously wrong since its use would not be allowed if it was. Botox is actually a purified form of Botulinum Toxin type A. It has been approved by the health authorities as being suitable for use in the human body. The amounts injected are also very tiny and only work on the muscles close to the injection site. This is why more than one injection is needed.
Once, the only way to get rid of those signs of aging such as wrinkles and loose skin was to have cosmetic surgery. This procedure always carried with it a certain amount of danger, since having anaesthetic and surgery is a major invasion of the body. The results often left people with a frozen look that was highly artificial, even if it was preferable to wrinkles.
These days surgery is usually the last resort because there are many other forms of less-invasive treatment to correct facial problems. Who would choose to go into hospital for several days and have their skin actually cut off and sewn up if there was another way to achieve the same result?
Very often the facial problem only affects a part of a person’s face. It might be frown lines on the forehead, crow’s feet at the outer corners of the eyes or vertical lines around the mouth. There are many procedures that can be used to aid such problems and they do not require you to go through surgery and spend days in hospital recovering.
Botox injections, dermal fillers and micro-dermabrasion are all procedures that will help people to regain their youthful looks by smoothing out wrinkles and creases. Lip augmentation is particularly effective in making a person look younger. Vertical lines around the mouth and lips are rather horrible, especially when they deepen, and this procedure can help them to be less visible.
However, as we age our lips often seem to become thinner and give us a rather grim look even if there are no wrinkles. Lip augmentation takes the wrinkles out of the actual lip area and makes the lips appear fuller and more sensual. There are several ways by which this can be achieved from injections of fat harvested from your own body, to dermal fillers or Botox injection to using lip implants that are not absorbed into the body and so last forever.