Lip augmentation is a cosmetic procedure able to add or restore fullness and
shape to the lips. Augmentation can be either temporary or permanent and may use
a variety of fillers and materials including:
A good candidate for lip augmentation is a physically healthy patient who is
realistic in their expectations and interested in adding or restoring fullness
and shape to the lips.
Which dermal filler is
right for me?
Three important factors to consider under selecting a dermal filler are:
long the fillers will last
how much it costs
ease of administration.
Where does the lip
augmentation procedure take place?
Lip augmentation procedure can take place in a surgeon's office-based facility,
or an outpatient surgical center or a hospital.
Is anesthesia used for
lip augmentation procedures?
The type of anesthesia used for lip augmentation will depend on the technique.
Some procedures may only use a topical anesthetic while others may involve local
anesthesia or a regional/dental block.
How long does a lip
augmentation procedure last?
The amount of time needed to complete a lip augmentation procedure will depend
on the technique. Procedures involving temporary fillers can take as little as a
few minutes to perform and can be done in a simple office visit. Other
procedures can take anywhere from thirty minutes to two hours to complete.
Can more than one
procedure be done at the same time? Can procedures like a Blepharoplasty and Lip
Augmentation be combined together?
Often couple procedures or perform many smaller procedures at one time so that
there is only one recovery period and down-time is decreased. There are safe
limits for doing this depending upon the procedures.
What permanent methods
of Lip Augmentation are available?
There are a couple of fillers Artefill and
Silikon 1000. Silikon 1000 is not FDA
Approved, however has been used for lip augmentation for years successfully.
There are some drawbacks however, since these fillers are permanent. Migration,
granulomas and lumps might occur. There is also, lip implants that can give a
permanent result, along with a lip lift.
Are fat injections or
fat grafting to the lips permanent?
Fat can also be injected into the lips; however this procedure is not permanent.
The fat is harvested from another area of the body (often the abdomen or thighs)
and is purified before it is injected into the lips. An advantage to this
procedure is that there is no possibility of an allergic reaction. Generally,
the results are temporary but usually lasts longer than some other dermal
fillers. Some surgeons believe that some fat does retain permanently, however
most patients have not had long term results with this procedure.
Is there much pain with
Depending upon the exact technique used, some amount of discomfort may occur
right after the procedure. More extensive, permanent procedures as Lip Implants
or Lip Lifts tend to involve more pain and discomfort.
What is the recovery
like after lip augmentation?
Recovery will vary according to the technique used. Some bruising and swelling
With lip injections with a dermal filler, you will be advised to apply ice to
the area to help decrease the swelling. While the majority of patients report
minimal or no pain once the procedure is completed, an over-the-counter pain
medication, like Tylenol or ibuprofen, can be used if discomfort persists.
How much time will I
need to take off from work after lip augmentation?
Patients can usually return to work the same day after lip injection procedures.
If you have had a regional or
dental block, then there will be more swelling
initially for the first 2-4 hours. After that time, you will be fine. More
extensive procedures may take one to two weeks to recover from – such as
Grafting, Lip Implants, or a
Does insurance cover lip
Lip augmentation procedures performed solely for cosmetic procedures are
typically not covered by insurance. Some amount of coverage may be available for
procedures used to treat a scar or indentation from an injury or accident.
Is financing available
for lip augmentation?
Financing is available for many plastic surgery procedures and your surgeon
should be able to provide you with additional information.