Lip Enhancement and Correction/
Collagen & Hylaform Replacement Therapy

Lip 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.

There 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.

Traditionally 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.

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please note :
All surgical procedures carry certain risks and complications. These will be discussed with your surgeon prior to any procedure. Cosmetic surgery involves skilled procedures. We advise you to choose a surgeon who has had comprehensive training in Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic surgery. The names of these surgeons will be on the Specialist Register in Plastic surgery at the General Medical Council. We also strongly recommend that you speak to your General Practitioner before undertaking any surgical procedures.