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Lip Augmentation (Upper & Lower Lip Implants and Injectable Fillers) – Metro Atl

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About Lip Augmentation

Men and women alike love the allure of full, plump lips. Lip augmentation can be performed with lip implants made with a synthetic, flexible material to add volume to the upper and/or lower lip for longer-lasting results. Patients of Y Plastic, Reconstructive, and Hand Surgery may also consider temporary lip fillers for thin, uneven lips if they want to avoid surgery and implants, or if they want to test different sizes before settling on lip implants. Whether thin lips are from genetics or advanced age, the placement of implants or injection of fillers can give gorgeous, natural-looking results. At the initial consultation with our double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Asaf Yalif, all of the options and surgical techniques will be explained so that each patient can help him choose the best method to meet their needs and goals.

  • Lip Implants

Implants in the lips can provide an increase in the lip size with a synthetic material, but the augmentation also can change the softness of the lips. Most surgeons use a silicone implant like PermaLip® that makes the lips feel more natural but with added volume, or Advanta Lip that is firmer to the touch.

  • AlloDerm®

AlloDerm integrates with the natural tissues and fibers within the lips as tissues harvested from cadavers are injected into small incisions in the lips to create a full, natural appearance and feeling to the lips. 

  • Fat Filler

After a patient has had fat removed through liposuction from one part of the body (such as the abdomen, back, or thigh), the plastic surgeon can purify that fat and transfer it to the lips. The lip injection is not a surgical procedure.

  • Injectable Filler

Injectable fillers can provide patients with a temporary filling of the lips with collagen, hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxyapatite, etc. This is a nonsurgical option and if the patient does not like the look of the enhancement, the fullness will fade after several months.

Ideal Candidates

The ideal candidates for upper and/or lower lip augmentation surgery are men and women who:

  • Have thin lips
  • Have tried injectable fillers and desire a longer-lasting enhancement
  • Are allergic to the solutions in the injectable fillers
  • Have overall good health

What to Expect

Depending on the augmentation option the patient chooses, surgery may or may not be needed, but all of the options can be performed as an outpatient or in-office procedure. With the insertion of implants or the use of Alloderm, incisions at the outer corners of the mouth are required for implantation. The incision opening will be closed after with dissolvable sutures. Injections of fat or medical-grade dermal fillers do not need incisions and will be implemented with a syringe. It may take several injections to get the desired fullness. Patients can expect the lips to be tender and sore for several days after the surgery. Scarring is very minimal with a lip augmentation surgery because the incision is placed on the outside of the mouth in the natural crease of the lips. Once healed, the incision is barely noticeable at all. Aftercare instructions will be given to properly care for the lips.

Anticipated Results

Lip implants are made with flexible, synthetic materials that are made to look and feel natural under the skin. With time, the lips will not look swollen and the implant will integrate with the natural tissues and fibers of the lip. Patients who do not like their lip implants or change their mind in time can have them removed. Fat grafting and dermal filler injections will slowly absorb into the body and thus the lips will naturally become smaller. Repeated treatments will be needed to maintain results.

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At our plastic surgery practice, we want you to love your lips and your smile. Schedule a private consultation with our office today and learn how a lip augmentation can give you back the fullness in your lips or create the sensuous lips you desire.

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