The procedure | lipcorrection

Much like the eyelids, the lips are also constantly moving when you’re awake. Especially the upper lip is prone to developing wrinkles and looses volume over time. A lip augmentation can reduce this wrinkling and lift the lip up so that, compared to their surroundings, the balance of the lips is restored. Lip augmentation can be achieved in several ways, for instance by injection of fat or of resolvable fillers.

Where will I be operated?

The operation will be performed at the fully equipped operating theatre in the Radetzky villa.

What can I expect of the operation?

The operation will be performed under local anaesthetic and will take between 30 to 60 minutes. Your surgeon will always see you before the operation and will talk you through the steps. Pictures will be taken for documentation. The procedure will start with prepping and draping of your face. If lipofilling is used, the sterile field will include the area where the fat cells will be harvested (like your abdomen or your hips). Markings will be made on your face. Some small injections will be used to numb the skin, and an anaesthetic fluid will be injected under the skin. The fat will be taken out by liposuction, but only the fat cells and the stem cells will be isolated and used as a filler in the lips.

What are the risks?

Lipofilling is considered to be a low risk procedure. Aesthetic surgery though is no exact science. In a small number of cases where both client and surgeon are not totally pleased, a touch up operation may be needed.

What can I expect after the operation?

When the anaesthetic wears off you may experience some slight discomfort, which however typically disappears after the first few hours. In the first few days healing will include some swelling, combined with a tightness of the areas involved in surgery, and (variably) some bruising. Prevention of bending down or lifting heavy goods in the first few days also helps. You may find it more comfortable to sleep with an extra pillow to elevate your head in this period. Initially some asymmetry may be present which will disappear as swelling subsides and healing occurs.

What will the scars be like?

The scars of lipofilling will be minimal and in most cases not noticeable.

How long before I can resume my normal life?

Most people manage to return to activities in the first few days after surgery. At one week after surgery an appointment will be made for you at the Radetzky villa for a check up. At this stage the swelling and possible bruising normally is reduced to a level where social activities can be resumed. We also recommend you to refrain from doing any strenuous activities in the first 2 weeks.

What is good to know about the long term?

Not all fat cells survive the transplantation process. A slight loss of volume is seen in the first 6 weeks before the situation stabilises. In some cases a second procedure is therefore necessary.
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