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Lip Augmentation - Quick Facts

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To create fuller, plumper lips. A variety of techniques and products can be utilized depending upon a person’s anatomy and aesthetic goals.

Lip injections take about 15 minutes; augmentations usually require one hour.

No anesthesia for injections; local anesthesia is required when performing surgical lip augmentation

Lips can be swollen for a day or two after injections; recovery for surgical lip augmentation might take three to seven days depending on swelling.

Lip Augmentation


Fuller, plumper lips can be achieved by a variety of lip augmentation techniques. The simplest techniques are non-surgical. Restylane and Restylane Silk are now the fillers of choice to augment or supplement the lip line and fill in the lines around the mouth. Filler is injected along the border of the red and white skin to plump up the lip’s margin. This works well to offer a modest and very natural- looking improvement. Sometimes that is all you need for a dramatic result. It can also soften the fine lines of the upper lip region.

Surgical options can offer permanent or semi-permanent correction. Fat from your own body can be injected into the lips. Fat is somewhat unpredictable though, and some of the volume can be lost over time. There are also commercially available implants, as shown in the examples below, that are permanent. These can work extremely well, but can sometimes become firm and distort the lip when smiling. The perfect implant is yet to be developed.

My personal favorite technique unfortunately can only be performed at the time of a facelift. Excess fat and fascia which is usually discarded during a facelift, can be cut into a strip and inserted into the lip. Some of the volume is usually lost, but what is left is soft and natural and often delivers a very pleasing augmentation.


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