Modelling of the lips
Modelling of the lips constitutes a non-uniform group of procedures which aim is to highlight the shape of the lips, their enlargement and making them look more sensual. Depending on the method applied, the following elements may be changed: filling the red pigment line of the lips, thickness of the red pigment of the lips and shape of mouth corners.
Currently, various types of tissue fillers, e.g. own fatty tissue, collagen, hyaluronic acid, polyamide and polyacrylic compounds, are used for lip augmentation, which is often combined with facial plastic surgery in order to rejuvenate it comprehensively. Lip augmentation is performed both in older patients, whose narrowing of the lips is one of the signs of natural process of ageing, and in younger persons who in their opinion have too narrow lips or have disproportion in thickness between upper and lower lip. Optimal appearance of the lips is an individual matter. Physician’s opinion is merely a kind of guidance.
People with scars on the lips (after an injury or a cleft lip), patients who have already enlarged their lips with one filler and have decided for another one and people after numerous lip augmentation procedures with tissue fillers in the past are primarily eligible to this procedure. Surgery is usually conducted under local anaesthesia (less frequently under general one). Patients who often suffer from herpes should take prophylactic dose of appropriate antiviral medicine prescribed by a physician.
A set of control photographs is made before the surgery. In the case of lip augmentation, it is not all about one surgery but about the entire group. The choice of methods depends on many factors and is determined during a consultation with a patient. Usually tissue fillers of various types in form of an injection are applied. A good alternative for artificial tissue fillers are grafts made of own fatty tissue. This method is not permanent. The transplanted fatty tissue is absorbed to some extent and therefore the procedure must be repeated to obtain long-lasting result. However, there are no immune reactions and infections are rare. The procedure starts from collecting fatty tissue from previously determined area with use of special needle attached to a syringe. This usually occurs from areas where there is too much fatty tissue, e.g. underbelly, hips, inner or outer surface of the thighs. After appropriate preparation, fatty tissue is injected to the lips. The post-operative period is usually painless and does not require taking any medications. In some cases, lips swelling and small bruising in the injection spots may occur but they subside after several days. The most common complications include prolonging swelling and haematoma or long-lasting bruising.