Lip augmentation is a procedure that is offered to patients who desire more voluminous lips. While many women would like to have pouty, well-defined lips, most do not have them naturally. Many people even see their lips thin out over time. This process is a natural result of aging, but can be accelerated further by smoking.
The lips can become thinner or flatter over time.
Lip augmentation can enhance lip fullness and raise or define the cupid’s bow or vermillion border.
Who can benefit from lip augmentation?
If you think your lips are thinner than normal, or thinner than you would like, lip augmentation may be a good procedure for you. If your lips have thinned out over time and lost their shape, you may want to consider lip augmentation. This procedure may not be recommended if you're prone to getting cold sores or skin eruptions around the lips.
Areas Treated During Lip Augmentation
- Upper lip
- Lower lip
- Cupid’s bow
- Corners of the mouth
Your Lip Augmentation Procedure
Lip augmentation is typically performed using some type of injectable wrinkle filler. Materials such as hyaluronic acid, collagen or fat can be used. Before the procedure starts, a medication will be used to control discomfort; this will usually involve a dental block or numbing cream anesthetic.
During lip augmentation, the filler is injected into areas that require volume enhancement. Your surgeon uses a technique that preserves the natural appearance of the lips while enhancing their size and shape. After injection, some brief massaging of the area may be necessary to achieve a smooth result.
What can I expect during recovery?
After lip augmentation, it is common to experience some swelling and soreness in the lips. They may feel fuller than expected immediately after treatment, but as the swelling subsides and you adjust to the results, you'll be able to appreciate the outcome.