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Lip augmentation can improve your appearance and also increase self confidence. Injectable lip fillers, fat transfer, and lip implants all can be used on naturally thin lips and turn them into smooth, pouty, youthful looking lips.

Plump luscious lips are a sub-conscious biological sign of youth and fertility. As women age; estrogen levels decrease causing the lips to lose their volume and appear progressively thinner over time. Lip lines might form as well, causing lipstick to bleed into the area.

The main goal of lip augmentation is to restore lips to their once youthful sexy plumpness and give thin lips volume again.




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Complications associated with lip enhancement procedures include:

  • Asymmetrical lips
  • Bleeding
  • Reaction to anesthesia
  • Slow healing
  • Loss of natural lip line
  • Permanent stiffness in the lip
  • Migration
  • Implant material may move to a new location within the lips and/or protrude unnaturally
  • Allergic reactions
  • "Trout Pout”
  • Infection
  • Ulceration or "cold sores"
  • Inflammation
  • Granulomas - nodules that represent immune-related tissue reactions
  • Discoloration of lip color
  • Fat injections can cause lumping or scarring
  • Implant made from foreign substances may become infected or be rejected



Fillers that are on the market today each has their own side effect profile. The main risk of animal-derived collagen fillers (bovine collagen) is an allergic reaction and even people who have tested negative to the pre-allergy test required before treatment sometimes can experience an allergic reaction to the product after it is injected. However, the human derived collagen fillers appear to be very well tolerated.

The newer, synthetic, injected fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, Perlane and Hylaform reportedly have minimal side effects however some patients have reported prolonged swelling and inflammation along with nodules at the injection sites with Perlane.



Alloderm is an acellular collagen material made from a human donor. The material is purified, freeze dried, than re-hydrated prior to use. The AlloDerm is placed into the lips and integrates into the surrounding tissue as the body grows and heals around the graft. There are conjectural risks of transmission of disease from donor tissues although an extensive screening of the tissues is performed before implantation.

Alloderm has shown that it isn’t permanent and is eventually absorbed into the body. The surgery for having Alloderm placed is much more invasive than an injectable dermal filler. Excessive swelling is normal for a period of two to three weeks after the procedure is done.




The permanent fillers (Artefill and Silikon 1000) carry several risks, including migration, granuloma (a hard, bumpy scar), lumps or severe inflammation. You and your physician need to discuss the risks and benefits of the different options if you choose to have lip augmentation with fillers.




Lip Implants carry their own set of risks, such as loss of mobility of the lips, infection, migration, extrusion and or hardness or firmness to the lips. In as much as lip implants are permanent, they also are able to be removed easily if the patient should decide they are not for them.
Infection is a common but treatable risk.

Other complications of the removable implants (Gore-Tex, SoftForm, UltraSoft and Advanta) are less common but include migration, extrusion, decreased mobility, and irritation from a poor fitting implant. The hollow implants (UltraSoft) allow your own tissues to grow into them which decrease the risk of infection, rejection, and mobility however they cannot be removed if there is a complication.

Cost is variable on the lip implants. All implants carry the risk of permanent discoloration, scarring, and deformity. If you decide on implants, you and your physician will need to discuss the risks and benefits in detail.





A lip lift is a permanent surgical procedure. Some of the risks of lip lifts are scarring under the nasal area, if the patient is prone to keloids or hypertrophic scarring this procedure is not for you. Unnatural shape of asymmetry to the lips might occur along with the risk of infection, inflammation and bleeding.





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