Women, in particular, are always in search of the best beauty products, procedures, treatments and the secrets to staying young and pretty as they were back in the day. Supple and soft skin, flawless complexions and toned bodies are the order of the day and woe betide anyone who isn’t looking their best.

Among the many treatments and procedures women are going for these days is lip augmentation. Because there are standards as far as what the dimensions should be to form the perfect face, many women want to make sure that everything matches and is in proportion when it comes to their visages. It is after all, the first thing that people notice about you.

Lip augmentation is defined as a cosmetic procedure designed to give you fuller, plumper lips. Gone are the days when going under the knife was your only option to have your lips augmented as these days, the most popular and most common method used are injectable dermal fillers that are injected in your lips and around the mouth.

Most of these dermal fillers usually contain substances similar to hyaluronic acid which is a natural substance found in the body that helps increase the volume of your lips. Collagen, in fact used to be the most used type of dermal fillers but is now used less because of the emergence of newer fillers that have less negative side effects and longer lasting results. The same goes for fat injections and implants because the results vary and there are greater risks.

Hyaluronic acid fillers can do wonders as far as improving the appearance of your lips goes by adding shape, structure and volume to your puckers. Results usually last for about six months, after which repeated injections will be required to keep up the volume. These fillers also contain lidocaine, which is a local anesthetic that decreases pain by numbing the area to be injected.

As far as additional benefits go, lip fillers give doctors more control over how much volume for your lips is possible. They also offer a gradual pace of treatment, which means you can get your injections gradually during different appointments until you achieve the desired results. Also, there will be less bruising, and any lumps and bumps created by movement of the lips dissolves easily and because they are made of natural substances found in the body, allergic reactions are highly unlikely.

The procedure of getting lip fillers is a very short process. It can be done in the doctor’s office with little to no downtime, with very fine needles being used to inject the fillers into your lips. Ice is used to control the swelling and you must not use any lipstick or any other lip cosmetics immediately after the procedure. Some side effects that you can expect will include bleeding from the injection sites, swelling, bruising and redness and tenderness at the injection sites.

Should extreme swelling develop or if you notice ulceration, scarring or stiffening of the lips, experience any itching around the lips, you will need to call your doctor immediately. This is also necessary if your swelling lasts for more than 10 days and you notice any lumps or irregularities in your lips.

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