About Lip Augmentation
Considering lip enhancement with lip injections or lip implants
Most patients seek lip augmentation in order to:
Cosmetic lip enhancement is appropriate for both men and women may be achieved via lip injections or lip implant surgery, and although the two procedures are quite different, the best candidates for either treatment option should be in good physical and mental health and have realistic expectations of lip augmentation outcomes.
Lip enhancement with injectable fillers
Lip injections with injectable fillers are the most popular way to plump the lips because they produce soft, natural results that keep your lips kissable.
Additionally, most injectable fillers used for lip augmentation, such as collagen injections, produce temporary results, so if patients are not required to commit to their new lip look for more than a few months.
When lip injections are administered, an injectable filler product made of hyaluronic acid (e.g. Juvederm or Restylane) or collagen (e.g. CosmoDerm or CosmoPlast) is typically used. Permanent or semi-permanent fillers like Artefill or Radiesse are not ideal for lip injection. Fat injections, which can but doesn't always achieve permanent results, may also be used for lip augmentation.
During the procedure, which takes only about 15-30 minutes to perform, Dr. Motlagh will inject filler into specific points on your lips and along the vermillion border. Local anesthesia may be applied before lip injections in some cases, however this is often unnecessary, as most injectable fillers are pre-mixed with lidocaine (local anesthetic).
In addition to plumping your lips, lip injections can also reduce wrinkles around your mouth, or lipstick lines.
The lip implant procedure
Local anesthesia with IV sedation is typically preferrable during lip implant surgery, as it helps with implant placement if patients can move their lips.
Saline and silicone lip implants are placed through a small incision made in the inside of the lower lip, the corners of the lips or the natural crease underneath the chin. Alloderm, a product derived from human tissue, may also be used instead of synthetic lip implants, however results are not permanent.
The incision used to place your lip implants is typically closed with dissolvable sutures, and the entire procedure takes 30 minutes to two hours.
Downtime after lip enhancement
Recovery is different after lip injections and lip implant surgery, as lip injection is a non-surgical procedure and requires less healing and downtime. Immediately after lip augmentation with injections, patients experience some bruising and swelling that resolves within a week. Final lip augmentation results are apparent within 2-3 days after treatment and last 3-6 months.
Lip implant surgery requires about 1-2 days off work and about 2-3 days away from exercise and vigorous physical activity. Temporary swelling, bruising and numbness is mostly resolved within about a week, however some residual swelling may last several weeks to months.
Lip movement, including talking, chewing, smiling and laughing, should be limited for the first week following surgery, and you should keep your head elevated as much as possible during this initial lip implant surgery recovery period to minimize swelling. Icing your lips the first 48 hours after surgery should also help minimize swelling.
Final results may take a few weeks to a few months to be apparent, but that depends mostly on how much swelling you experience. Unlike recovery after lip injections, lip implant surgery recovery requires that you have follow-up appointments in our Tyler, Texas plastic surgery center, so Dr. Motlagh may monitor your healing and ensure optimal results are achived.