Is Lip Augmentation Right for You?
To answer this question, you must first ask yourself why you want to modify your lips. You should not undergo this procedure unless you truly want to modify your appearance.
If you are considering lip augmentation to make someone else happy or to try to fit an ideal image, you may want to think twice.
Also, it's important to have realistic expectations about the outcome. Enhanced lips may make your lips plumper and fuller, but you will still be you when you walk out of the doctor's office.
Your doctor can discuss with you the pros and cons of your lip augmentation options and help you decide which technique or product is best for you.
Before undergoing lip augmentation you should be in good health and a nonsmoker. You may not be a candidate for lip augmentation if you have:
- An infection such as oral herpes
- Blood-clotting problems
If you have ever had a cold sore (oral herpes) any time in the past, you should tell your doctor before undergoing the procedure. If you have any known allergies or are allergic to lidocaine, tell your doctor before undergoing the procedure. Also, tell your doctor about any medications you are taking, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements.
Finding the Right Doctor
There are several specialists who can perform lip augmentation, including:
- Plastic surgeons
- Cosmetic facial surgeons
The most important thing is to find a doctor who is qualified and experienced in giving injections and one whom you trust.
Don't go to just anyone. Lip augmentation poses real risks, especially if the person giving the injection is inexperienced.
Do your homework. When making a decision about which doctor to use, ask about the doctor's training and education. How many injections has he or she given? Is he or she board certified or a member of their specialty's medical association?
Also, ask to see before-and-after photographs of patients the doctor has treated. Are you happy with the results? If you aren't, consider getting a second opinion.