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Lip Augmentation

What is the purpose of Lip Augmentation?

Lip augmentation helps to create fuller lips and to reduce wrinkles around the lips and mouth. Lip augmentation may be performed by injecting lips with collagen (fibrous protein) or with lipid proteins (fat) transferred from another region of the patient’s body. Over time both liquid collagen and fat are reabsorbed into the body which means that repeat treatments are needed to maintain maximum results. More recent treatments for lip augmentation are implantable materials such as AlloDerm and SoftForm.

How is Lip Augmentation performed?

Typically, either a natural or a synthetic material or the patient's own lipid proteins are injected or implanted into the lips of the patient. One injection is generally sufficient to produce maximum results, which in some cases may be temporary, depending on the material used. AlloDerm, a natural collagen, is inserted through miniscule incisions made inside the corners of the mouth. Once the AlloDerm implant is in place, it eventually integrates itself into the natural tissues of the mouth area.

Who are candidates for Lip Augmentation?

Candidates for lip augmentation must be in good health and should not have afflictions such as oral herpes, scarring or certain diseases such as diabetes, lupus, connective tissue disorders or blood clotting problems.

What other options exist for Lip Augmentation?

Other options for lip augmentation include:

  • Autologen – an injectable dermal implant made from the patient’s own skin
  • Dermalogen – an injectable Human Tissue Matrix (HTM) procured from donor tissue
  • Fascia – an injectable collagen made from donor tissue
  • Hylaform – a clear injectable gel produced from hyaluronic acid, which is naturally formed in the human body
  • Radiance – an injectable form of calcium hydroxylapatite
  • Restylane – a clear injectable gel produced from hyaluronic acid, which is naturally formed in the human body
  • Laser Lip Rejuvenation – a laser procedure, which tightens the natural collagen and connective tissues beneath the lips

What are the benefits of Lip Augmentation?

The benefits of lip augmentation are:

  • An immediate return to daily activities
  • AlloDerm and Dermalogen do not require patients to provide donor tissue and are not rejected by the body
  • Gore-Tex implants are permanent, easily inserted and well tolerated by the body
  • Temporary procedures such as collagen or fat injection may be appealing for individuals interested in temporary changes in appearance

What side effects may be associated with Lip Augmentation?

Some of the side effects include prolonged redness of the mouth and lip area, swelling or itching, and sometimes bleeding, a shift in the asymmetry of the lips and migration and/or extrusion of the implant. Normal swelling and bruising that lasts for approximately three days to a week may also occur. Patients with a reaction to the pre-treatment collagen skin test or who are allergic to lidocaine (a local anesthetic) should not consider lip augmentation.

What is the cost of Lip Augmentation?

The typical cost of lip augmentation varies depending on the skill of the surgeon, the type of procedure performed and the geographic location of the clinic. National statistics from 2003 report that the average cost of implantable lip augmentation procedures ranges from $3,000-$5,000, while the injectable augmentation procedures usually cost approximately $300 per session.

Disclaimer: This information is intended only as an introduction to this procedure. This information should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor does it guarantee results of your elective surgery. Further details regarding surgical standards and procedures should be discussed with your physician.

By Staff
Updated: December 27, 2008

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