Most people are impressed by full, beautiful lips. While not everyone is born with this trait, there are some simple ways to augment the lips to create a sensual and soft look. If you’re interested in lip augmentation, then you probably know there are two major options available: lip implants or lip injections with fillers. It can be hard to decide which option is right for you, since there is no one right choice for lip augmentation. Let’s take a look at different aspects of each treatment to help you decide what’s right for you.
The Quick and Easy Choice
Lip augmentation with fillers (usually hyaluronic fillers) is a great choice for temporary augmentation. Fillers are best for people who:
- Want fuller lips for a special occasion
- Aren’t looking for something permanent
- Don’t want to pay for surgery
- Would like a non-invasive augmentation option with no downtime
Lip augmentation with fillers takes as little as 15 minutes to perform and does not require anesthesia or a recovery period. Results generally last between 3-6 months.
Looking for Something Permanent?
Silicone lip implants are permanent and offer natural results. Implants are best for people who:
- Want permanent lip fullness
- Have used fillers and want a long-term solution
- Want a more cost-effective lip augmentation over time
Lip implants are put in place under local anesthesia, during a brief surgery. Lips will be larger than the final desired result for about 4-6 weeks following surgery, after which the swelling will subside. Patients generally need to take about a week off from work for recovery.
Not Sure What You Want?
If you’re not sure what you want and are uneasy about your expected results, it may be best for you to try out lip augmentation with fillers to start, or skip the procedure until you’ve figured out if lip augmentation is right for you. Deciding to undergo cosmetic surgery or injections is a big step, and the longevity of the results range from several months to permanent. Don’t rush into your decision. Augmentation with fillers can be a great compromise if you want to try out a new look but aren’t ready to commit to implants.
While lip augmentation is quite safe, there is still the possibility for complications to arise. Here are some of the risks and side effects that may occur with each type of treatment. The risk for these decreases when the injections or surgery is performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon.
Risks of Fillers:
- Uneven filling/lumpiness
- Temporary swelling/bruising
Risks of Implants:
- Anesthesia complications
- Prolonged swelling/bumps
You should not undergo lip augmentation if you suffer from lupus or diabetes or have current cold sores or scarring of the lips. Your doctor will evaluate you for candidacy before scheduling the procedure, but it’s important to be honest about your medical history.
While it might seem that lip augmentation is cheaper with fillers (hundreds of dollars as compared to thousands), there are several points to consider:
- Do you want ongoing augmentation, or just fuller lips for a special occasion or just to try out?
- Can you afford a greater initial outlay?
- Is it easier for you to maintain cheaper treatments periodically rather than paying one large lump sum?
Keep in mind that if you elect to have lip augmentation with fillers, you’ll need to pay for and schedule visits to your surgeon’s practice every 3-6 months, on average. However, this gives you more flexibility with your costs. If you want permanent augmentation, paying a larger sum for lip implant surgery could save you a great deal of money in the long run.
Learn More Through Consultations
You’ll want to meet with prospective surgeons before you make your decision, and these meetings are an ideal time to ask questions, choose and get to know your surgeon, and get advice on which treatments might suit you best. Dr. Mounsey offers expert lip augmentation in Toronto, and would be happy to advise you on your options. Call 416.438.2499 to set up a consultation or visit his page on Lip Augmentation in Toronto for additional information.