enhancement is undertaken for a number of reasons. It could be that
the lips are too thin and need to be redefined and given fullness.
Alternatively, the lips are too full and a reduction is required.
Minimising the tiny wrinkles, which appear on the upper lip with
age is another reason that a lip enhancement would be undertaken.
Cleft lip is a rare congenital abnormality and although a primary
correction is undertaken during the first few months of life, secondary
repairs are often necessary.
are many procedures that can be used to enhance the lips. Some are
temporary and others permanent. Most patients prefer the temporary
ones, as they wish simply to experiment with the appearance of fuller
lips and be able to change their minds if they so wish. The temporary
material used is collagen, given in the form of injections and hyaluronic
gel (Hylaform, Restylane). An allergy test is required for the collagen
but not for the hyaluronic gel. Fat collected from the patient's
abdomen can also be used as a temporary material and can be stored
in the fridge for later use.
permanent lip enhancement utilises your own tissue. The advantage
is that this tissue takes well as a graft because there will be
no problem with allergies. Other permanent substances such as Artecoll
are now widely available and can be injected using local anaesthesia
as an outpatient.