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What You Need to Know About Lip Augmentation

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Updated April 23, 2014

Lip Augmentation Options:

  • Collagen – a natural injectable substance which gives the skin its support; bovine collagen (derived from cows) is the usual source; effects last 3 to 4 months, and must be repeated to maintain the desired effect

  • HylaForm, Restlyane - clear injectable gels made from hyaluronic acid, similar to the hyaluronic acid naturally found in the human body; Hylaform lasts about 3 months, while Restylane lasts about 6 months

  • Radiance – injectable filler made of calcium-based microspheres suspended in a water-based gel; provides both immediate and extended results because it stimulates production of collagen and encourages tissue regeneration; lasts up to 1 to 2 years

  • Autologous Fat - the patient’s own fat; no risk of rejection, but most of the fat is eventually re-absorbed by the body, so repeated treatments are necessary; provides longer-lasting results than collagen, but can have lumping or scarring effects, and must be harvested from another part of the patient’s body

  • Alloderm, Dermalogen - products made from donated cadaver tissue which eventually becomes integrated with the patient’s own natural tissues; is not rejected by the body; generally produces a pliable, natural feel

  • Autologen - injectable dermal implant material made from the patient's own skin; no risk of rejection

  • Fascia - donor tissue made from the dense white connective tissue that supports body structure; can be used as an injectable or a surgical implant

  • Gore-Tex, Soft-Form - permanent, synthetic surgical implants which do carry a small risk of rejection by the body, though they are generally well-tolerated

  • VeraFil – inflatable saline implants (yes, like breast implants); like all saline-filled implants, there is a risk of deflation; although long-lasting, will probably eventually need to be replaced

  • The V-Y Technique – surgical technique which uses no implants or fillers; results are subtle but permanent

  • Laser Lip Rejuvenation – not actually an “augmentation” procedure, but can provide a lifting and smoothing effect to the lips by tightening the lips’ underlying collagen and elastin support structure

Sources:

Interview with Fardad Forouzanpour,DO,FACOS,FAACS, Beverly Hills, CA; September 29, 2008

Lip Augmentation, Consumer Information Sheet, American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, http://www.surgery.org/public/procedures/lip_augmentation

Product Information Sheet on Brand-Name Dermal Fillers, Liquid Face Lift Association; http://www.liquidfacelift.com/liquidfaceliftproducts.asp

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