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Lip Augmentation (Lip Augmentation)
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Lip augmentation procedures increase the size of the lips to make them fuller and more attractive

Length of Surgery

One hour, around 10 minutes for lip injections




Lip augmentation surgery: local or general. Lip injections: local

Back to work in…

Lip augmentation surgery: 1-2 weeks. Lip injections: 2-3 days

Back to the gym in…

1-2 weeks

Treatment Frequency

Injectables are often carried out regularly


Potential allergic reactions, asymmetry, lumping or scarring, the implant may shift to another area of the face

Duration of results

Temporary. Lip augmentation surgery will last longer, but is ultimately also a temporary procedure.

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Lip augmentation Surgery Costs*

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons quoted the national average of 2007 surgeon fees for lip augmentation at $1,604; however lip augmentation prices vary widely due to the number of different procedures and the complexity involved. Lip augmentation costs can range from $300 to $5,000.

Typically, a collagen injection costs $333 and upwards. Lip augmentation surgery (i.e. not including Injectables) costs $1,570 and upwards. There are also other costs to consider, including the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia fees and facility fees.

Most plastic surgeons and surgical clinics offer flexible lip augmentation financing and payment options, some of which allow staggered payments or loans from VARIOUS FINANCING COMPANIES.
If you are considering having lip augmentation but want to explore more about the financing options available before you make your decision, PLEASE CLICK HERE. You can discuss your financial options with your surgeon, and find out if there are any loans of flexi-payment plans that will allow you to achieve your cosmetic surgery objectives,

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Am I a candidate for a lip augmentation?

There are many reasons why you may want to undergo lip enhancement. These include:

  1. Achieving a sensuous, plump look for your lips
  2. 'Balancing' the facial features
  3. Restoring lost volume and shape
  4. Increasing self-confidence in their appearance

If you are unhappy with the shape of your lips and wish to have a lip enhancement, there are certain criteria that you must fulfil. To undergo lip augmentation procedures, you must:

  1. Be in good health, physically and emotionally
  2. Have realistic expectations about what lip augmentation can do for you
You must tell your doctor if:
  1. You have any allergies
  2. You have a history of bad scarring, such as keloids
  3. If you are taking any medications
You are not a good candidate for lip augmentation if you have:
  1. Diabetes
  2. Poor circulation
  3. Heart, lung or liver disease
  4. Family or personal history of blood clots
  5. Any connective tissue disorders or a history of poor scarring
  6. Current cold sores
  7. If you smoke
Discuss your medical history thoroughly with your lip augmentation surgeon before you choose to undergo any lip enhancement procedures. Making sure that you discuss all the risks and side effects associated with any procedure with your doctor beforehand will help to increase your chances of reducing the chances of them happening to you.


What is a lip augmentation Procedure?

Lip augmentation procedures enhance the fullness of lips and make them more attractive. Like the rest of our skin, our lips loose collagen and fat during the aging process. Other factors which accelerate the signs of aging around the lips include smoking and sun exposure. Lip augmentation is an ideal procedure for patients who have always had naturally thin lips that they are self-conscious about, and also for those who want to return their lips to the shape and fullness they had when they were younger. This is accomplished by implanting synthetic or biological materials into the lips to make them plumper and more appealing.

Most people who are thinking about a lip enhancement procedure want fuller lips that are smooth, plump, wrinkle-free and youthful looking.

If you are interested in lip augmentation, you have a variety of options. These include lip augmentation surgery, and injected substances.

There are several techniques used in lip enhancement or lip augmentation. Some of them are more invasive than others; some are actually surgeries. Some types of lip enhancement consist of injections of various types of filler materials. The results of these lip injections generally do not last, as most of them are broken down in the body within several months. This happens faster in some people than in others, but injections of filler must be repeated on a regular basis for most people.

Lip implants usually last at least two years, but as the mouth area moves so much, there is a risk that they may shift to other parts of the face.

Fat injection lip enhancement is the next longest lasting and how long they last is dependent on how long it takes for the fat to be absorbed back into the individual’s body. The safest option is generally considered to be collagen lip injections, though treatment will be needed again about every nine to twelve weeks. The collagen lip injection procedure has been proven to be a safe and effective treatment for lip augmentation, and collagen lip injections are becoming increasingly popular, though there is a small risk that some people may be allergic to collagen.

Although you may want to avoid the surgical options in favor of the injections, lip augmentation surgery may be less expensive in the long run when you consider the number of repeat injections you may need.

Lip augmentation surgery involves inserting implants into the lips to achieve a fuller appearance. There are several different substances commonly used in lip augmentation procedures, each with their own particular features and techniques:

  1. AlloDerm - The most popular material for lip augmentation. It is a natural collagen sheet harvested from cadavers and is screened and highly processed under very strict standards. The risk of infection is approximately 2%. The patient has a local anesthetic; the material is inserted through tiny incisions made in the inside corners of the mouth, then stitches are used to close the incisions. AlloDerm eventually integrates with the natural tissues of the body. The material can be absorbed, so the results are only temporary, lasting from 6 months to a year.

  2. Synthetic Implants - Gore-Tex, SoftForm and soft ePTFE are other synthetic options with permanent results. They do not shrink, cannot be absorbed into the body, and remain in place because scar tissue forms on either end. The implants are inserted by making a small incision in the inside of the lip. The material is then made into the shape of a small tube and it is inserted with a small needle. Synthetic implants are foreign substances and may become infected or be rejected by the body. The implants can be removed.

  3. Fat grafting - Many people choose fat grafting because they are comfortable with the idea of using fat from their own body. The fat is harvested from another area of the body, often the abdomen or thighs. It is then prepared and inserted with a needle into the lip from more than one point. This procedure has permanent results in approximately half of the people who try it, although the body can reabsorb it,

  4. Local flap grafts - Local flaps bring material from inside the mouth enhance the lips on the outside. An incision may be made inside the mouth to push the tissue inside the mouth upward, and outward, into the lip, sometimes in conjunction with grafting. Alternatively, an incision may be made along the upper lip line. In this case, skin above the lip is removed, and the lip is then stitched along the line of the incision. Results are temporary.
Lip injection procedures are performed as an outpatient procedure, and patients are usually back to normal activities within 2-3 days. The main drawback of these lip enhancement injections is that the fat and collagen are absorbed back into the body after a period of time and repeated treatments are required to maintain the result you want. It can be a good way, however, to see what your fuller lips could look before they consider having a more permanent lip augmentation procedure.

Following are some of the lip injection options available:

Collagen injections
Prepared from the collagen found in cow skin, collagen injections are used to temporarily augment the lips. It may cause allergic reactions in some people; therefore a sensitivity test should be performed before the lip augmentation procedure goes ahead. The body eventually absorbs the collagen and results last between one and three months.

Fat injections
Fat harvested from another area of the body (often the abdomen or thighs) is purified and injected into the lips. There is no possibility of an allergic reaction. Results are temporary but usually last longer than collagen. However, these injections can cause lumping or scarring.

Artecoll Injections
Artecoll is composed mainly of tiny synthetic beads (polymethyl methacrylate) injected into the lips to raise them. This lasts longer than fat or collagen injections.

Autologen injections
Autologen is collagen extracted from the patient's own skin, often from excess skin removed in a facelift. The results are relatively long lasting, and there is no risk of an allergic reaction.

Restylane injections
Restylane is a clear gel, a component of which is similar to that naturally found in the body.

The material in these injections is harvested from human tissue:

Dermalogen injections - Dermalogen is extracted from the skin of a cadaver, screened and processed to avoid the spread of disease. The effects are temporary.

Fascia injections - Fascia (white connective tissue) extracted from a cadaver can be injected or surgically implanted.

HylaForm injections - Tissue extracted from a cadaver, screened and processed, and injected into the lips. It is gradually absorbed into the body over six to 12 months.

For most types of lip enhancement, the treatment must be repeated on a regular basis for the best results. Make sure that you have realistic expectations if you are considering a lip enhancement procedure, and discuss your needs fully with the surgeon before you undergo any procedure.


Lip augmentation Surgery Procedure Steps

Local anesthesia is commonly used during lip augmentation procedures. A procedure can take up to two hours at your doctor's office or outpatient center, depending on the complexity, and you will be sent home the same day.

Lip augmentation surgery:

Techniques vary depending on the materials used and the lip augmentation surgeons that carry out the procedure, (see “What is a lip augmentation procedure?” above). A natural or synthetic material, or the patient's own fat, is injected or implanted in the lips under local anesthetic.

  1. AlloDerm, a natural collagen sheet made from processed skin from cadavers, is inserted through tiny incisions inside the corners of the mouth. Stitches are used to close the incisions.
  2. Gore-Tex, SoftForm and soft ePTFE are other synthetic implant options. To insert the implant, a small incision is made in the inside of the lip. The material is then made into the shape of a small tube which is inserted with a small needle.
  3. Fat grafting is the surgical method of inserting your own fat into your lips to achieve the desired fullness. The fat is harvested from another area of the body, often the abdomen. It is then prepared and inserted with a needle into the lip from more than one point.
  4. Local flap grafts is an invasive surgical lip augmentation procedure that takes tissue and skin from the inside flap of your mouth. It is usually used as a last resort by lip augmentation surgeons, as it is far more invasive than any other technique. An incision may be made inside the mouth to push the tissue inside the mouth upward, and outward, into the lip, sometimes in conjunction with grafting. Or, an incision may be along the upper lip line. In this case, skin above the lip is removed, and the lip is then stitched along the line of the incision.
Lip injection procedures:
  1. These products are injected into the lips to create a fuller appearance. Your surgeon will most likely use topical anesthesia (painkiller applied directly to the lips) for injections, possibly with additional pain relief. The doctor will normally inject your lips in three to four points on your lips, and you will probably feel a slight sting each time.
  2. These lip injections are performed on an outpatient basis in your doctor's office or an outpatient center and you will be sent home the same day. You will see the results of your lip augmentation procedure in a few days, after the swelling has subsided.


Lip augmentation Surgery Recovery and Healing Steps

After the lip augmentation procedure, you may experience some pain and swelling. This usually lasts a few days, and your recovery will depend on your lifestyle and which lip enhancement you undergo. If you are having injections, your recovery can take just a couple days, though the swelling or bruising may last longer. If you are having surgical implants or grafts, your recovery can take up to two weeks after the surgery.

Discuss how much time you think you'll need for recovery after your lip augmentation with your doctor. It may be necessary to take some time off work, two to three days is normal. It is a good idea to have someone around to take care of you for the first 48-72 hours after your lip enhancement procedure.

Here are some steps for a speedy recovery after lip enhancement procedures:

  1. Apply ice packs to your lips intermittently for the first 48 hours
  2. Take painkillers if you need them
  3. Take antibiotics if they have been prescribed
  4. Drink lots of fluids
  5. Take your temperature regularly – an elevated temperature over 101° can indicate an infection
  6. Don't take any aspirin containing products or drink alcohol for at least two weeks
  7. Talking and chewing should be limited during the first 48 hours
  8. Limit smiling and laughing for the first week (if you can !)
  9. Sleep in a semi-upright position for the first week
  10. Don't bend over, strain, exercise or do any other activities that could increase pressure to your lips
  11. Avoid strenuous activities for one to three days
  12. Keep the lips clean
  13. Don't eat raw meats such as sushi or steak tartar, and wash raw fruit and vegetables thoroughly.


Lip augmentation Side Effects and Surgery Risks

Significant complications from lip augmentation are rare, but with any surgical procedure, there is always a possibility of bleeding, infection, reaction to the anesthesia, slow healing or an unexpected result.

Side effects of lip augmentation procedures include, and normally these types of symptoms only last for about three to seven days:

  1. Swelling
  2. Bruising
  3. Redness or bleeding around the lip outline
  4. Cold sores
  5. Numbness
  6. Hard spots if the artificial collagen did not set properly in the tissues
Your lip augmentation procedure may also not produce your desired result. There are many people who find that the results that they get from their lip enhancement are not what they were looking for. It is common for the lip implants to shift in movement, so that the lips look uneven with one another. It is also possible that the surgeon who does your lip enhancement procedure promises one result, but you get another that was not what you wanted.

Complications associated with lip enhancement procedures include:
  1. Asymmetrical lips
  2. Loss of natural lip line
  3. Permanent stiffness in the lip
  4. Implant material may move to a new location within the lips and/or protrude unnaturally
  5. Allergic reactions
  6. Fat injections can cause lumping or scarring
  7. Implant made from foreign substances may become infected or be rejected by the body


Questions to Ask a Surgeon about a lip augmentation procedure

Knowledge is power so arm yourself with the facts before making any decision about a lip augmentation procedure here is an essential check list to help you find the right Perfect Yourself Surgeon.

  1. Am I a good candidate for lip augmentation procedure?
  2. Are my described expectations realistic?
  3. Where is the surgery performed?
  4. How long will the procedure take?
  5. What kind of anesthesia is used?
  6. What is your experience in performing lip augmentation procedure?
  7. Can I see your qualifications?
  8. Ask to see any photographs of recent lip augmentation procedure surgeries?
  9. What percentages of your lip augmentation procedure patients have had significant post-surgical complications? (surgeons should disclose this information to you)
  10. Who will be assisting my surgery? Can I see their qualifications?
  11. How much will my lip augmentation procedure cost?
  12. Do you offer patient financing? (Flexible payment schemes for your surgery)
  13. Will you repeat/correct procedures if the agreed goals are not met? If this is the case, will I be charged again?
  14. Ask to observe the exact procedure you are considering before you decided to have surgery if you are unsure (this could be on videotape or in real life).
  15. What is the recovery and healing period for a lip augmentation procedure? When can I resume full normal activity?
  16. Have you ever had your malpractice insurance coverage denied, revoked, suspended
  17. Ask for and follow up on patient references (these can be invaluable to finding out what your surgeon is really like and the level of customer satisfaction he/she has received in the past)

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