Lip Augmentation: One of the Fastest Growing Cosmetic Procedures
by Women Health Expert Daisy Grace
Ever since the youngest member of the infamous Kardashian/Jenner clan showed off significantly plumper lips hordes of fans who blindly follow her, every move became obsessed with various ways of making their lips bigger. But, lip augmentation has been around for many years. Young girls and women worldwide want to have sexy pouts just like their favorite celebrities. This article will shed a light on lip augmentation and what you should know about it.
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Lip augmentation trend
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), a record number of Americans underwent lip augmentation procedures in 2015 making them second fastest growing facial procedure in the United States since 2000.
President of ASPS, Dr. David H. Song, stated that the numbers of lip enhancements are increased by 5% in 2015, which is about 50% since 2000. More precisely, about 27,000 lip augmentation procedures were performed last year amounting to one procedure every 20 minutes. It’s a staggering number.
Although lip augmentation has been around for quite some time, it’s the new technology that increased its popularity. Implants used today are made from soft, flexible silicone and are more pliable and stable than implants used before. New implants also look more natural comparing to the older ones.
How they do it?
In lifestyle news today, Lip augmentation procedures aren’t considered invasive. In fact, plastic surgeon makes two small incisions in the corners of your mouth. Then, using a tiny passing instrument, the surgeon pulls the implant into its place. That’s it! The entire procedure requires only two stitches with minimal bruising as well as minimal swelling all of which ensure quick recovery.
What if I don’t want implants anymore? This is, in fact, one of the most common questions related to lip augmentation. The answer is simple; if you decide you don’t want implants anymore, your plastic surgeon can easily remove them.
With this being said, it’s important to mention the rise of lip injections, including Botox and Dysport injections and soft tissue fillers. These procedures are temporary and effects will wear off in a few months. Lip injections are usually recommended to individuals who aren’t quite sure about implants.
There are various types of dermal fillers that plastic surgeon can inject into your lips and around your mouth. The most common fillers today are products that contain substance similar to hyaluronic acid.
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in your body. It increases volume, improves shape and structure of your lips, and poses as the safest option. The effects of hyaluronic acid fillers (and most lip injections for that matter) last around 6 months.
However, women aren’t the only ones who are looking to make their lips bigger. CBC News reported that about 1200 lip enhancement procedures were performed in men in 2015 thus representing 400% increase since 2000.
Side effects and risks of lip augmentation
Although lip augmentation is considered safe, it’s important to bear in mind that even the safest procedures carry certain risks. For instance, some risks associated with implants include:
- Implant rejection
- Implant migration
- Stiffness of the lips.
On the other hand, your reaction to lip injections depends on type of fillers you choose as well as your ability to heal. Mild side effects are the following:
- Minor discomfort
More serious side effect of lip injection is allergic reaction to animal-derived lip fillers; which is very rare.
How much it costs?
The cost of this procedure varies depending on:
- Your location
- Type of lip augmentation procedure you want
- Doctor’s experience
For example, price of lip injections is determined according to injected syringes. The cost of procedure depends on the amount of “material” used. The same goes for implants, plastic surgeon takes into account the type of implant you want or need.
Due to the fact it’s a cosmetic procedure, your insurance probably won’t pay for it.
• Get informed about lip augmentation
• Ask a plastic surgeon everything you’d like to know
• Report allergies you might have
• Make sure you understand all the charges and costs that come with procedure
• If you suffer from diabetes, blood clotting problems, lupus, etc. you should inform your plastic surgeon because you might not be eligible for the procedure due to complications
• Find a reliable doctor.
Most popular celebrity lips
The ASPS conducted a survey wherein more than 1000 women had to answer which celebrity’s lips they’d like to have. And if you thought Kylie Jenner came in first, you’re very wrong. Most surveyed women wanted to have Jennifer Lawrence’s lips. Famous J-Law was followed by Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Garner, Angelina Jolie, Kylie Jenner, Beyonce, and Lisa Rinna.
Due to new and improved technologies, lip augmentation has become safer and easier than ever. It comes as no surprise why it’s the second fastest growing facial procedure in the country and popular between men and women for a healthy lifestyle. Before you undergo procedure, do your homework and make sure you know everything about it.