There are procedures to increase and decrease the thickness of the lips. The techniques of increased thickness of the lips can be classified into:
• Those that provide temporary results in which the effect is limited in time, and the implanted material is eventually reabsorbed by the body, recovering the previous form. Within this category is lip augmentation with hyaluronic acid, in which the effect appears only a few months (2 to 6). It is one of the most performed in the office and requires no hospitalization. It is carried out in half an hour.
• Those that offer permanent or final results, in which the effect remains indefinitely. In this category we include the following techniques:
• Fat Autograft
• The cheiloplasty or surgical techniques of advance of the inner surface of the lip to the outside by V-Y plasties.
To reduce the thickness of the lips, removal techniques of the mucous membrane of the inner lip that is in contact with teeth are used, with which they can achieve an adequate contour proportionate to the rest of the face without the existence of an external scar.
Therefore, surgery is best indicated for:
-Adult patients, both men and women who want to improve the aesthetic appearance of the lips.
-Individuals clear and within the real possibilities of the procedure, including being aware of its limitations.
You will be asked to sign a consent form to ensure that there was a full understanding about the procedure to be conducted and that you are aware of the possible and potential complications. Possible complications of this surgery include: accumulation of blood under the skin (skin), swelling (edema), infection, poor healing, loss of hair at the site of the incision, the facial nerve injuries followed by facial asymmetry, areas with vascular suffering of the skin, areas with loss of sensitivity,thrombus formation and anesthetic complications.
After surgery you will wake up with healing dressings on the face, whose function is to protect and provide mild local compression. A suction drain could also be made use of. After surgery you will be encouraged to flex and extend your feet, exercising the calves at least 20 times every hour when awake. In the following days, short walks every two hours for about 10 minutes are recomended. Care in relation to wound healing and dressing changes, returns, and the prescription of drugs needed, will be delivered by Dr. Ventura.
The intervention can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general, and the time spent at the health center may be only a few hours if done outpatient, or one day if you enter the clinic.
At first the feeling of swelling (edema), bruising and discomfort on the operated area is normal. The return to normal activities will be gradual and the guidance of Dr. Ventura. Some areas with lack of sensitivity and discreetly hardened in the region operated may occur and gradually improve in the months that follow. As the initial healing process takes about 5 to 10 days, stitches will only be removed after this period. The entire process takes several months and it is therefore necessary to maintain some specific care treatments that will be oriented by your plastic surgeon. The resulting scars are permanent and the final result depends on the individuality of each patient.
Following directions correctly is fundamental for the success of your surgery.