LIP AND CHEEK AUGMENTATION WITH HA FILLERS
The cheek and the lips are believed to be important constituents of facial beauty. With age, the cheek and lips lose their charm and contours. This affects the looks of the person. Lip and cheek augmentation is a cosmetic non-surgical procedure that gives the person the desired contours and shape to the lips and the cheeks. The most advanced way of doing this is with the use of dermal fillers. There are a variety of dermal fillers available for this purpose but the most preferred and widely used are products that have ingredients similar to hyaluronic acid. This chemical is naturally found in the body.
Hyaluronic acid or HA helps increase the volume of the cheeks and lips. These fillers are termed as HA Fillers. Traditionally collagen was used as filler for lip and cheek augmentation but is very seldom used these days. This is because the HA dermal fillers are more safe and have less risks and side effects compared to collagen dermal fillers an additionally their effect lasts for a longer period of time.
HA Dermal Fillers provide the individual with shape, contour, volume and structure to the cheek and lips. The effect of a lip and cheek augmentation procedure typically lasts for about six months. Post that period of time, more such injections would be required to keep the cheeks and lips in shape.
What are the Benefits of Lip and Cheek Augmentation with HA Fillers?
The HA Fillers are injected and the gel in the filler supports the tissues of the cheek and lips and give it the shape and contour. HA Dermal Fillers has several benefits to include
Volume Control: The amount of filler that can be injected can be controlled to provide the required shape of the cheek and lips.
Spaced Treatment: The HA Dermal Filler injections are given in a gradual fashion spread over various sessions until the desired results are observed.
Minimal Bruising: HA Dermal Fillers result in minimal bruising when compared to other dermal fillers used for cheek and lip augmentation.
Lasting Benefits: The results of a cheek and lip augmentation procedure with HA Dermal Fillers last for a longer period of time than other fillers which is why it is the most preferred dermal filler.
No Reactions: Certain dermal fillers carry the risk of causing allergic reactions. This is not the case with HA Dermal Fillers. This is because HA Dermal Fillers are quite similar to the hyaluronic acid found in the body and does not trigger any allergic mechanism within the immune system. However, people with a known history of allergic reactions to lidocaine need to consult with their physician before going in for cheek and lip augmentation with HA Fillers.
What to Expect during Lip and Cheek Augmentation with HA Fillers?
Cheek and Lip augmentation procedure does not require much time to be performed. However, in cases where there is excess fat around the cheek and lips then an additional liposuction will be required for fat removal before the HA Dermal Filler is injected. This may take some time. Prior to the procedure a numbing agent may be given to lessen the discomfort. At times, a nerve block is injected to completely numb the cheek and the lips.
Once the area of injection is marked, the physician will inject the HA Dermal Filler into the cheek and lips directly. This will be followed by application of ice to control swelling and discomfort. The physician will recommend avoiding applying any lipstick or other makeup immediately after the procedure. The patient will be able to see the difference in the shape and contour of the cheek and lips almost immediately.
As is inherent to any surgical procedure there are also some risks associated with a cheek and lips augmentation procedure with HA Dermal Fillers. These include but are not limited to
- Bleeding around the site of the injections
- Bruising and swelling for some time after the procedure
- Erythema and tenderness around the injection site