Changes in our bodies can occur for a variety of reasons. Some individuals may naturally have thinner lips, while others might experience changes in the volume or shape of their lips over time due to genetics, aging, and lifestyle factors. For some, Cheiloplasty (Lip Augmentation) might be an option to consider. It’s a procedure focused on changing the volume and shape of your lips based on your personal objectives.
At our Sydney clinic, led by specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Tim, we offer Cheiloplasty (Lip Augmentation) procedures.
The decision to undergo a Cheiloplasty is a personal one and should not be a societal expectation or norm. It’s one of the ways people choose to manage changes in their appearance, and it’s essential to consider all available options.
Our team ensures a professional, respectful, and patient-focused approach to help you make an informed decision that aligns with your personal goals and overall wellbeing.
Cheiloplasty (Lip Augmentation) is a procedure that can adjust the volume and shape of your lips.
There are a variety of methods that can be used, including dermal fillers or surgical techniques.
Results can be temporary or permanent, depending on the technique used.
The procedure duration can vary, depending on the method used and your specific requirements.
It’s important to remember that these facts are general in nature. Individual results may vary and specific details should be discussed with Dr. Tim to fully understand the procedure.
Your Treatment with Dr. Tim
Whether you’re interested in a temporary solution with one of our injectable treatments, or you feel ready for longer lasting results, Dr. Tim and his entire staff are dedicated to providing personal one-on-one attention for each patient.
For surgical procedures, Dr. Tim created a unique express recovery process for a more comfortable recovery period. During each procedure he uses extra-gentle techniques to reduce potential trauma. He will also help you in the time that follows your procedure with information regarding recovery and medications.
Dr. Tim will explain the benefits of each treatment during your consultation, and will help you decide which option is best for you. Here’s a breakdown of your options:
Temporary: Dr. Tim often uses Cosmetic Fillers to provide temporary structure under the skin. Cosmetic Fillers plumps skin by holding onto water for enhanced volume. Since Cosmetic Fillers occurs naturally in the body, no allergy testing is needed prior to treatment. The most common protein found in the human body, creates an underlying support system for skin. Sometimes, Cosmetic Fillers are used for optimal results.
More Permanent: Using your own fat from areas such as the abdomen, thighs, hips and buttocks. No prior testing is required since your own fat poses no allergic complications. Dr. Tim is able to gradually enhance the lip volume.
Results from lip augmentation are immediate, but final results are visible only when the swelling subsides. Dr. Tim will be able to discuss your treatment and what you can do to extend your results during your consultation and treatment.
Risks of Lip Augmentation
While lip augmentation is generally a safe procedure, as with any surgery, it carries potential risks. Dr. Tim and his team will take every precaution to minimise these risks, but it’s important for patients to be informed about them.
Infection: As with any procedure involving an incision or injection, there is a small risk of infection.
Allergic Reaction: Some people may have an allergic reaction to the filler used in lip augmentation. This can result in redness, itching, or swelling.
Lumpiness: There can be a risk of lumpiness or irregularities in the lips if the filler is not evenly distributed.
Overcorrection: This occurs when too much filler is injected, leading to overly plumped lips.
Ulceration, Scarring, or Stiffening of the Lips: These are rare but serious complications that can occur after lip augmentation.
Asymmetry: There’s a risk that the lips may not be perfectly symmetrical post-augmentation, although any minor asymmetry is usually not noticeable.
Reaction to Anaesthesia: Some people may experience side effects from the local anaesthesia used during the procedure. These can include nausea, dizziness, or allergic reactions.
Remember, this list is not exhaustive and other complications may arise. Dr. Tim will discuss these risks in more detail during your consultation.
Recovery After Cheiloplasty (Lip Augmentation) Surgery
Most patients are able to resume normal activities soon after the procedure. Here’s what you can expect during your recovery period:
Immediate Post-Procedure: After the procedure, it’s normal to experience some swelling and bruising, which should subside within the first week. The use of ice packs can help minimise swelling.
First Few Days: You may be advised to avoid strenuous activities for the first 24-48 hours to prevent any increase in swelling. Similarly, avoid hot beverages and alcohol, which may increase swelling.
First Week: The swelling should gradually reduce during this time. You will start to see the initial results of your lip augmentation. Remember, everyone’s body reacts differently, so recovery times can vary.
Follow-Up Appointments: You will have follow-up appointments with Dr. Tim or a registered practitioner from his team. These are crucial to ensure that you’re healing as expected and to address any concerns you may have.
Long-Term Results: The longevity of results can vary based on the type of lip augmentation performed. Temporary fillers can last from six months to a year, while permanent options provide long-lasting results.
Please note that these guidelines are general in nature, and the exact recovery timeline may differ based on your individual situation and the specific type of lip augmentation performed.
Always follow the post-operative care instructions provided by Dr. Tim and his team. If you have any questions or concerns during your recovery, do not hesitate to contact us.