Lip Augmentation Surgery

Lip augmentation procedures increase the size of the lips to make them fuller and more attractive. The procedure is used to help women and men of all ages. The upper or lower lip may be treated singly, or both upper and lower lips may be augmented at the same time.

Lip augmentations have become increasingly popular in recent years. Some types of lip augmentation procedures involve the insertion of natural or synthetic materials. Other surgical techniques bring tissue from the inside of the lip to the outside. Some of these procedures are permanent, while others provide only temporary results.

*Disclaimer – Results may vary from Person to Person

Who is the ideal candidate?

If you’re considering lip augmentation, visit the Karishma Cosmetic & Laser Centre for a consultation with Dr Sanghvi. Whether you have always had thin lips or you want to return your lips to the shape and fullness they had when you were younger, a lip augmentation procedure may provide you with the look you want. If you are dissatisfied or self-conscious about your lips, this surgery can open up new possibilities for you to change your appearance and self-image.

Different types of lip augmentation procedures

There are many different types of lip augmentation procedures, each with particular advantages and limitations.
Surgical: Surgical augmentation is only performed to correct lip deformities. This surgery is rarely performed.
Non-surgical: Lip augmentation using injections as implants.
Some injectables are temporary while some are permanent. Collagen injections are temporary as they usually last only 3 to 4 months. Some surgeons also use an injection that is made from skin covering the outer thigh. This injection lasts longer than collagen. Sometimes lip augmentation is achieved with the help of silicone implants. A few injections are permanent. Injections give the lips great volume while implants subtly define the lips.
Fat injections: Fat injections are also injected in the lips with small needles. The fat used is from another area of the body – most often the abdomen or the thighs – and is purified before it is injected into the lips. The result may last for a maximum of 2-3 years and the procedure may need to be repeated thereafter to retain the desired results.

What is the actual procedure?

Whether or not an anesthetic is necessary depends on the lip augmentation procedure. In case fillers are being used, most patients do not require any anesthesia. Topical anesthesia in the form of gel or a local anesthesia could be used for patients who cannot bear any discomfort.

The surgery is not complex, nor does it take a substantial amount of time to perform. You are injected with Lidocaine for pain relief and epinephrine, a vasoconstrictor, to restrict the amount of bleeding and bruising. After making the necessary 4 incisions at each corner of the mouth, the surgeon inserts the implant using either an implant prethreaded on a trocar (a hollow cylinder with a sharply pointed end), or by using a pair of alligator forceps. After insertion, the surgeon cuts the implant to the right size for your lip and trims the ends of the implant. The incision areas are then sutured with a thin dissolving or non-dissolving suture and you are cleaned up. In a lip augmentation procedure with implants, the incisions are made on each side of the mouth right before the corner where the lips meet, resulting in 4 small incisions and little or no scarring. In the illustration I have depicted the incision placement with red lines. The lips tend to heal quite fast as long as you don’t mess with them. These means no touching or picking at your incisions! Infection is already a risk, so try not to increase your chances of it.

How long does the procedure take?

Most lip augmentations, take 30 to 45 mins. Fat injections may take upto two hours.

What can I expect after surgery?

Immediately following the surgery, the lips may swell and hurt. Cold compresses should be used for 48 hours to control the swelling. During this time, talking and chewing should be avoided as much as possible. Oral pain medications may be used to control the discomfort.

Antibiotics may be given to reduce the possibility of infection. To help avoid infection, it is also important to keep the lips clean.

Some of the procedures offer permanent results, and some are temporary. If you want to experiment with a new look, you may want to begin with a temporary method. Scars from incisions, if any, are rarely perceptible. The results of lip augmentation vary according to the procedure used. In addition, some people absorb fat and other temporary fillers more quickly than others.

Frequently asked questions :

What other effects will be visible after a lip augmentation procedure?

It is quite possible that you will notice a difference in your smile, how you speak after a lip augmentation procedure, especially during the healing stage. Lip implants can feel very stiff and immobile; they take some getting used to.

What is the recovery period like?

Injections: Most people return to normal routine within a couple of days of an injection procedure. Bruising and swelling may last over a week.
Grafts: Patients may have to wait for about one or two weeks after graft procedures to return to a normal routine. During this time, they may experience a problem of drooling. Grafting may also leave the lips feeling unnatural and stiff for 2-3 months after the procedure. Stitches if any may be removed in about 10 days after the procedure.

How long do results last?

The results of lip augmentation vary according to the treatment option used. Some patients absorb fat and other temporary fillers more quickly than the others.

What are the other options to get fuller lips?

Non-surgical options include enhancing the lips with permanent tattoos to make the lips appear fuller. In case the mouth is crooked or has drooping corners, a mouth lift may be another option. A dental tooth bonding technique is also available that pushes the lips forward to make them appear fuller.