If you are seriously interested in lip augmentation, then you should make sure you discuss all of your options carefully with your physician. Some of the options are permanent, some temporary, and if you can afford to try the temporary option to see if you like having fuller lips, then this would be a terrific solution. Some people, while wanting fuller lips, simply may not look good that way.
The temporary solution to fuller lips - call it a trial time frame if you will - is to have special substances injected into your upper, your lower, or both lips. This injectable substance will give your lips a fuller, sexier look, but the effect only lasts for a few months. Why? Because your body will slowly absorb the materials until it is eventually gone. Then you would need to have the procedure repeated if you wish to retain the look.
For the longest time, collagen, which is made from the collagen in cow skin, has been the standard substance used in temporary lip augmentation procedures. It lasts about three to four months and all patients will need to have an allergy test done first to make sure they are not allergic to the substance. Fascian, which is made from the outer thigh muscles and taken from cadavers, is another injectable being used. Unfortunately, it is also very expensive and who would want tissue from a cadaver injected into their body?
Artecoll, Metracrill, Aquamid, and silicone oil are manmade substances that are suspended in the collagen extracted from cows. The chemicals are released into the body slowly over a period of time and actually work with the collagen in your own body to give your lips a fuller look. Bio-Alcamid, Argriform and other polyacrylamides are injectables made from polymers that naturally hold in moisture. These polymers are not new to the world of medicine and have been used to keep items wet for decades.
While temporary, these injectable substances give your lips a fuller volume that permanent implants. They also fee more natural to both you and anyone who gives you a kiss. The biggest downside is the frequency in which the lips would have to be injected. A good doctor with plenty of experience and success in injecting a person's lips is highly recommended.
Some of the same injectable materials - namely the manmade substance - can also be used as implants. Implants can be permanent and reversible, allowing them to be removed in case of complications. Gore-Tex, SoftForm, UltraSoft, and Advanta are all FDA approved for use as lip implants. As with everything, however, risks of this procedure include infection, palpability, lessened mobility, and extrusion. Artecoll, Aquamid, Metacrill, and silicone oil are permanent injectable substances that will give you that Angelina Jolie poof. These, too, have their downfalls, including necrosis, severe inflammation, extrusion, and infection.
Implants and injections can make your lips look fuller and both men and women are undergoing this procedure. Before deciding on lip augmentation, make sure you consult a specialist to make sure that you are a good candidate for the procedure.