What Is Lip Augmentation?
Lip implants are a way to create plumper lips with longer-lasting results than those of injectables and fillers. Just as with breast augmentation, lip implants come in saline or silicone. For a more natural look, the patient may choose to use a fat transfer method of gaining fuller lips. Another option for surgical lip enhancement is a lip lift. A lip lift tightens the lip skin and lifts its natural curve.
Who is the Ideal Candidate?
Lip enhancement through surgery may be right for you if:
- Your lips have become droopy
- You want fuller lips without having many repeat procedures
- Your lips have thinned
- Your lip line borders have faded
When using saline lip implants, an implant is inserted into the lips through a small incision and then filled with saline. For silicone implants, the implant is inserted through the corners or tops of the lips and manually molded, much like an injectable filler. With a lip lift, incisions can be made at the base of the nose or corners of the mouth and the skin is elevated to a higher position.
- General or local anesthesia with sedation
- Long-lasting results
- Normally an outpatient procedure
- Recovery in about 2 weeks
Lip Augmentation Recovery
Your lips will feel tender for a short period of time. If swelling/bruising occurs, it should subside in two to three days. Eat soft foods until the incision wounds are healed.