Hollywood has played a vital role in popularising lip augmentation and bringing it into the mainstream. From established pop culture icons like Angelina Jolie and Jessica Biel to young starlets like Kylie Jenner and Bella Thorne, lip augmentation is now seen as part of the modern fashion accessory. However, our fascination with plump, curvaceous lips dates back well before Hollywood – full and voluptuous lips have been an enduring symbol of youthfulness, beauty and sexual fertility for thousands of years.
And instead of relying purely on genetic lottery, we now have the technology to manually augment even the thinnest of lips for just a few hundred pounds!
Lip augmentation is actually a very simple process. Essentially, you simply inject dermal fillers into the lips. That’s about it, really. However, it takes a high degree of skill and experience to plump up and sculpt the lips to perfect precision. In untrained hands, you could end up with a serious case of the duck face! This is why you pay big bucks to star surgeons and licensed cosmetologists.
Lip augmentation using dermal fillers. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Dermal fillers are injectable compounds made from hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a naturally occurring substance in the human body. HA plumps up the lips immediately after being injected into the lips.
Through testing and trial and errors, cosmetologists and cosmetic surgeons are able to determine the exact type and amount of dermal fillers, as well as the frequency of injections needed, to shape the kind of lips desired by customers.
However, the process doesn’t end there – lip augmentation is not a one-time thing. Dermal fillers tend to degrade over time due to the combined effects of gravity, the sun’s powerful UV rays, and the chemicals we consume. As such, fresh injectables are required periodically – usually annually – to maintain the lip’s shape and plumpness.
The cost of the fillers varies depending on the quality and desired effect. Typically though, a 1ml filler costs somewhere between £200 and £500.
Dermal fillers and lip augmentation are generally deemed safe. Nevertheless, complications, however rare, could occur. Some of the more serious complications include:
• Acne: A reaction with the skin causes the eruption of acne. Speak to a doctor immediately. Your body may be rejecting a specific content found inside the particular brand of filler
• Swelling and bruising: The area surrounding the puncture on the injection site may swell and bruise.
• Infection: This is the most serious among the list of possible complications. The injections site could have been exposed to bacterial infection. See a doctor immediately if you see redness and pus, or smell a putrid scent. Antibiotics will usually be the prescribed course of treatment. Left untreated, this could lead to necrosis.
• Lumps: The presence of a foreign substance inside the lip may cause the body to react and build a protective layer of tissue around the filler. It could eventually harden and feel like lumps inside the lips. Speak to your doctor about a possible solution.
Always get your lips augmented by a trained professional. Even if cost is an issue, you can make it up with a peaceful night’s sleep. Why risk your safety for a few founds?