In today’s society, full lips are a feature sought after by many. They are considered attractive and promote a sense of sensuality, vibrancy and youth. Unfortunately we aren’t all born with full lips. If you are unsatisfied with your lips, searching for the perfect pout, lip augmentation surgery may give you the results you desire. Lip augmentation boosts the fullness of the upper lip, lower lip, or both through a simple outpatient procedure.

How does it work:

Lip augmentation is performed in an office, under local anesthesia. Usually your physician will inject a substance into the lips to plump the lips. In some cases, your physician may choose Local Flaps. Here tissue is taken from inside a patient’s mouth for augmentation. The surgeon makes an incision inside the mouth to push the tissue upward and outward to enhance the lips. This is often the case in cleft lip repair.

What materials are available:

Many materials are available today for use in lip augmentation.

  • Collagen is a natural material that is injected into the lip with a small needle. This product may cause allergic reactions; therefore a sensitivity test should be performed beforehand. The results of a collagen injection are temporary, typically lasting approximately three months
  • Fat may be harvested from the abdomen or the thighs, purified and then injected into the lips. The results of this procedure are temporary, but there is little possibility of an allergic reaction.
  • Restylane, this product consists of a transparent gel called NASHA (Non Animal Stabilized Hyaluronic Acid) and is created from material present in all living organisms. The results are temporary and there is no risk of transmitting disease or allergic reactions.
  • Artecoll is a new material. It is mainly composed of tiny synthetic “beads” which stimulate the patient’s body to produce new collagen and connective tissue to surround each bead, making the lips fuller.

Do to the raise in popularity of lip augmentation; many materials have recently become available. Ask your skin care specialist which modern materials will give you the best results.

What to expect:

As with any surgical procedure, minimal discomfort and swelling is to be expected in the first few days. To control any post-surgical discomfort, your surgeon may prescribe oral pain medications. Everyday activities such as talking and chewing may seem difficult immediately following your procedure. Lip augmentation patients may expect to be able to return to their normal activities two to three days after the surgery; those who undergo a graft or flap may need to wait longer; one to two weeks.

Who is it for:

Lip augmentation surgery is for those with thin lips who would like to increase their fullness. This surgery will not keep lipstick from “bleeding” into fine lines around the mouth nor will it correct lips that are too long or too low. If any of these is your main concern, other treatments are available. Non-surgical procedures are also available to make lips appear fuller.

If you are concerned with the appearance of your lips, set up a consultation with us today. We will help you decide which lip augmenting solution will help your lips to appear fuller and more voluptuous.