Collagen lip injection is a popular, non-surgical cosmetic procedure used to augment the lips, temporarily adding volume to it and creating a "pout" effect. As well as plumping up the lips, collagen can be used to fill out acne scars and wrinkles; and the injection treatment can also be combined with other cosmetic procedures, including Botox treatment. Prepared from the collagen found in cow skin or refined bovine collagen, there is a possibility of allergic reaction; although purified. Because of this, a sensitivity or allergy test to lidocaine and dietary beef has to be performed before the actual lip augmentation procedure.
The process of collagen lip injections is pretty straight-forward and is on out-patient basis. Collagen is injected into the lip using small needles. Since the collagen lip injections contain lidocaine, a form of local anaesthetic, most doctors do not use a separate sedation or anesthetic during the procedure. This results in patients recovering more quickly, although some swelling and bruising are to be expected.
Because the body slowly absorbs the collagen, the results generally last between one and three months in some cases, while for some it last up to six months. Due to it being not a permanent solution for fuller lips, most patients receive additional collagen lip injections after every couple of months to maintain the fullness and effects of their lips.
The price of lip injection depends on the material used. Collagen lip injections, a temporary injectables are available in the UK from £250. However, permanent implants cost more than temporary ones; with prices starting from approximately £3,000.
Significant complications from lip augmentation are rare, although with any surgical procedure, there is always a possibility of bleeding, and reaction to the anaesthesia used. There may be difficulty talking or smiling, or eating for up to a week. The risks associated with collagen injections include allergic reaction from the bovine collagen, assymetrical result, infection, lumpiness, open sores, scarring, trout pout, skin peeling and permanent stiffness in the lip. Other possible complications of lip injections include problems with wound healing and possible slippage/shifting of the implant.
There is little or no downtime involved with Collagen lip injections. Some minor discomfort, throbbing or stinging in the injected area may occur right after the procedure, in addition to swelling, redness and bruising. However, these are minor and tend to disappear quickly.