Procedures - Lip Augmentation

Lip augmentation is a procedure that is offered to patients who desire more voluminous lips. While many women would like to have pouty, well-defined lips, most do not have them naturally. Many people even see their lips thin out over time. This process is a natural result of aging, but can be accelerated further by smoking.

The lips can become thinner or flatter over time.

Lip augmentation can enhance lip fullness and raise or define the cupid’s bow or vermillion border.

Who can benefit from lip augmentation?
If you think your lips are thinner than normal, or thinner than you would like, lip augmentation may be a good procedure for you. If your lips have thinned out over time and lost their shape, you may want to consider lip augmentation. This procedure may not be recommended if you're prone to getting cold sores or skin eruptions around the lips.

Areas Treated During Lip Augmentation

  • Upper lip
  • Lower lip
  • Cupid’s bow
  • Corners of the mouth

Your Lip Augmentation Procedure
There are several different procedures available and treatment is individualized according to your specific needs and desires. These are discussed in full during the consultation visit. That being said, lip enhancement techniques may be temporary, semi-permanent or permanent.

Lip augmentation is typically performed using some type of “off-the-shelf” dermal fillerinjectable wrinkle filler. Dermal fillers (usually hyaluronic acid) are among the most popular aesthetic procedures because they carry immediate results, very few risks and little recovery time. The results are, however, temporary lasting about 3 to 6 months. Before the procedure starts, a medication will be used to control discomfort; this will usually involve a dental block or numbing cream anesthetic. During lip augmentation, the filler is injected into areas that require volume enhancement. Your surgeon uses a technique that preserves the natural appearance of the lips while enhancing their size and shape. After injection, some brief massaging of the area may be necessary to achieve a smooth result. Deep vertical (“smoker’s”) lines may be treated with a combination of dermal filler, botulinum toxin, chemical peel or laser treatment.

Semi-permanent or permanent lip enlargement using the patient's own tissue may be achieved through fat grafting (fat injection – see brochure) or using a dermal graft. The dermis, or the deeper layers of the skin may be harvested as a by product of some other operation where it would otherwise be discarded - e.g., abdominal reduction, breast reduction, facelift, etc. These present ideal circumstances to utilize dermal tissues. The epidermis or outer skin is removed and the shaped dermis threaded through from one side of lip to the other. The advantage is that this tissue takes well as a graft because it is the patient's own tissue therefore there will be no problems of allergy or the need for repeated procedures. The graft may not take fully and there will be some thinning of the dermis with age. However, good results can be achieved. This surgical procedure produces more swelling for longer (one to three weeks) and can also create complications of infection and bleeding, as in any operation.

What can I expect during recovery?
After lip augmentation, it is common to experience some swelling and soreness in the lips. They may feel fuller than expected immediately after treatment, but as the swelling subsides and you adjust to the results, you'll be able to appreciate the outcome.

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