Lips that have lost volume or fullness. A desire for larger size and more full appearance to the lips.
A more full and enlarged lip. More visibility of the lip margin. A lip that extends more visibly to the corner of the mouth.
Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Perlane®, Juvéderm™ or Restylane® can be injected into the lip to create fullness and improve the visibility of the natural upper border of the lips. This treatment is done with either a topical numbing agent or a local anesthesia nerve block of the lip. Commonly, this is done in the Skin Spa.
Alternatively, fat can be harvested from elsewhere and added to the lip as a permanent filler substance. Because of the unpredictability of fat survival after transplantation, a secondary touch-up may be necessary several months later to optimize the result. Fat grafting causes more swelling than fillers. Sensation of the lip is usually unaffected.
Recuperation and Healing
Injection of the lips usually causes some swelling and bruising that may take up to a week to resolve. Fat grafting causes more swelling than fillers. Sensation of the lip is usually unaffected.
Additional procedures that may enhance the result include PermLip, lip lift, chemical peels (phenol and TCA), Affirm® laser, Botox® and Erbium laser resurfacing of the lip lines. For more information regarding lip enhancement and other lip procedures, visit the Lip Procedures home page.
The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual.