Lip Augmentation Procedures
Lip augmentation is typically performed by a cosmetic surgeon, although some lip enhancement
procedures can be performed by day spa technicians who are supervised by a cosmetic surgeon. Here’s a look at
the procedures that are currently available.
Surgical Modifications of the Lips
Full surgical procedures are usually reserved for deformities such as cleft palate.
Injectable lip fillers are the more popular procedures today. However, lip
lifts are available.
Lifts can improve shape. The lozenge shape is particularly desirable. Youthful lips are described as
lozenge shaped with a definite bow in the center.
A lip lift can correct drooping corners or sagging that accompanies age. The lip augmentation procedure
may be used to smooth out smoking lines. Those are vertical wrinkles stretching from the upper lips to just
below the nose. The description is apt, because they are most often seen in smokers.
Surgical modifications can also be used to correct overly large or bulky lips. Tissue can be stretched or
removed as necessary to make the desired change.
All lip injections are designed to improve fullness. They may also stretch out fine lines or wrinkles and
correct visible signs of aging. In some cases lip injections provide a more desirable shape.
What follows is a brief description of the different solutions that can be injected.
Before you can get a Collagen Lip Injection, you must have an allergy test. The material
is extracted from cow hide to which some people are allergic. Four weeks of observation are required to rule
out allergic reactions.
The results of collagen injections last for several months. Other than allergic reactions, side effects
can include hardened nodules or bumps beneath the skin. These can be dissolved using another injectable
Hyaluronic acid is the current material of choice for lip enhancement.
The compound is similar to what is naturally present in the body. So there is no risk of allergic
Hyaluronic acid is sold under the brand names of Restylane and Juvederm.
Results typically last for six months. Excessive fullness can be corrected with additional injections.
There is no chance of allergic reaction for this type of lip injection, because the fat is harvested from
another part of the patients own body using liposuction or surgical removal. The results may last longer,
because the fat is slower to break down. But lumping or scarring can occur.
Gore-Tex lip implants are some of the longest lasting. But because the substance is
recognized by the immune system as a foreign body, there is a risk of infection or rejection.
Gore-Tex implants are a form of lip augmentation typically used only when dramatic changes are desirable.
Ask your doctor about which procedure is right for you.