Appearance: Thinning lips that have lost volume and elasticity.
Surgery: Injectables are usually administered in the surgeon’s clinic, but if you have planned cosmetic surgery, the injections can be administered in the hospital.
Length of the operation: 3 minutes to 1 hour.
Anaesthesia: A local anaesthetic cream or injection may be used.
At the surgeon’s clinic: Injections of either collagen, hyaluronic acid (Restylane - this is a crystal-clear, non-animal, biodegradable gel based on the natural substance hyaluronic acid) or non-resorbed components that reshape the lips.
In hospital: Under local anaesthetic the surgeon can choose to use a Gore-Tex implant and thread it through the full length of the lips, or use a dermis graft. This procedure requires the usage of the patient’s own dermis, - the skin’s thick lower layer - which is then transplanted and moulded into the desired effect.
Post-Operative: As an outpatient the patient leaves 30 minutes to 1 hour after the operation. There can be excessive swelling of the lips lasting between 2 to 3 days.
Observations: Collagen is a naturally occurring protein and therefore resorbed by the body. This procedure requires renewal once or twice a year.
Silicone injections are forbidden in France.