Lip Augmentation

Definition - What does Lip Augmentation mean?

Lip augmentation, or lip implants, is used to give the lips a fuller, softer appearance. The implants are inserted into the lips through a small incision in a surgical procedure. Various types of implants exist, some of which have a permanent effect. The latter can be removed if desired.

TheConsultation explains Lip Augmentation

Lip implants help people who have thin lips to achieve the youthful, full-lipped look that is popular today. Small incisions are made, and the implant is inserted to plump up the lips. Various types of implants are available. Collagen implants have a 12-month lifespan, and fat grafting may or may not have a permanent effect. Synthetic materials used for lip implants include Goretex, SoftForm and softPTFE. Local flap grafts use tissue from the inside of the mouth as implants, but this procedure is more invasive and has a longer recovery time. It is usually only used as a last resort.

Regretfully, many people make assumptions about our personalities based on the shape of our lips. Psychologists also point out that high estrogen levels are associated with full lips and that we are naturally attracted to the youthfulness and vitality this conveys. When we consider people to be attractive, we are far more likely to like them. This is called the “halo effect.”

Unfortunately, thin-lipped people are often stereotyped in a negative light and are seen as cruel, grim or forbidding. Lip implants allow those whose lips have thinned with age, or who have thin lips even though they are young, to overcome this social bias.

Non-surgical alternatives to lip implants are available, but are not permanent. Lip implants are generally regarded as safe and well-tolerated, but allergic reactions to synthetic implants have been recorded.

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