Lip augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that increases the size of the lips through surgery or injections. Augmentation can be performed on the lower lip, upper lip or both. Depending on the material used, the results may be temporary or permanent.
Fuller lips can be achieved through several different cosmetic techniques. The best procedure for you depends on your overall health and desired results, along with several other determining factors. Dr. Marouk will discuss these factors with you to help you decide which treatment option is best for you to achieve the full lips you desire.
Lip augmentation procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and are done in Dr. Marouk’s office. Anesthesia may or may not be used for this procedure, depending on how the procedure is performed. Injections may only require a topical anesthetic, while implants usually require a local or general anesthesia.
Once anesthesia is applied and the risk of allergies is eliminated, the filler is injected directly into the lips through a minimally invasive procedure that takes just a few minutes to perform. Proper placement is important in order to achieve optimal results.
For lip implants, the synthetic implants are inserted into the lips through tiny incisions at the corners of the lips. Once inserted, your doctor will close the incisions with stitches, and the implants will remain in place with permanent results.
Lip Augmentation Recovery
After a lip augmentation, patients experience mild discomfort and swelling for a few days, although these side effects usually subside on their own. The lips may appear to be overfilled at first, since some materials, such as collagen and fat, lose much of their volume within a very short period of time. The exact results for your procedure will depend upon the type of augmentation performed and your desired results.
Most patients can return to work and other normal activities within one to two days after the procedure, although exercise and other strenuous activities should be avoided for a bit longer.