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Lip Augmentation Frequently Asked Questions



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  • What is lip augmentation?

Lip augmentation is a cosmetic procedure able to add or restore fullness and shape to the lips. Augmentation can be either temporary or permanent and may use a variety of fillers and materials including:



  • Who is a good candidate for lip augmentation?

A good candidate for lip augmentation is a physically healthy patient who is realistic in their expectations and interested in adding or restoring fullness and shape to the lips.



  • Which dermal filler is right for me?

Three important factors to consider under selecting a dermal filler are:

  • how long the fillers will last

  • how much it costs

  • ease of administration.


  • Where does the lip augmentation procedure take place?

Lip augmentation procedure can take place in a surgeon's office-based facility, or an outpatient surgical center or a hospital.



  •  Is anesthesia used for lip augmentation procedures?

The type of anesthesia used for lip augmentation will depend on the technique. Some procedures may only use a topical anesthetic while others may involve local anesthesia or a regional/dental block.



  •  How long does a lip augmentation procedure last?

The amount of time needed to complete a lip augmentation procedure will depend on the technique. Procedures involving temporary fillers can take as little as a few minutes to perform and can be done in a simple office visit. Other procedures can take anywhere from thirty minutes to two hours to complete.



  • Can more than one procedure be done at the same time? Can procedures like a Blepharoplasty and Lip Augmentation be combined together?

Often couple procedures or perform many smaller procedures at one time so that there is only one recovery period and down-time is decreased. There are safe limits for doing this depending upon the procedures.



  • What permanent methods of Lip Augmentation are available?

There are a couple of fillers Artefill and Silikon 1000. Silikon 1000 is not FDA Approved, however has been used for lip augmentation for years successfully. There are some drawbacks however, since these fillers are permanent. Migration, granulomas and lumps might occur. There is also, lip implants that can give a permanent result, along with a lip lift.



  • Are fat injections or fat grafting to the lips permanent?

Fat can also be injected into the lips; however this procedure is not permanent. The fat is harvested from another area of the body (often the abdomen or thighs) and is purified before it is injected into the lips. An advantage to this procedure is that there is no possibility of an allergic reaction. Generally, the results are temporary but usually lasts longer than some other dermal fillers. Some surgeons believe that some fat does retain permanently, however most patients have not had long term results with this procedure.



  • Is there much pain with lip augmentation?

Depending upon the exact technique used, some amount of discomfort may occur right after the procedure. More extensive, permanent procedures as Lip Implants or Lip Lifts tend to involve more pain and discomfort.



  • What is the recovery like after lip augmentation?

Recovery will vary according to the technique used. Some bruising and swelling can occur.
With lip injections with a dermal filler, you will be advised to apply ice to the area to help decrease the swelling. While the majority of patients report minimal or no pain once the procedure is completed, an over-the-counter pain medication, like Tylenol or ibuprofen, can be used if discomfort persists.



  • How much time will I need to take off from work after lip augmentation?

Patients can usually return to work the same day after lip injection procedures. If you have had a regional or dental block, then there will be more swelling initially for the first 2-4 hours. After that time, you will be fine. More extensive procedures may take one to two weeks to recover from – such as Fat Grafting, Lip Implants, or a Lip Lift.



  • Does insurance cover lip augmentation?

Lip augmentation procedures performed solely for cosmetic procedures are typically not covered by insurance. Some amount of coverage may be available for procedures used to treat a scar or indentation from an injury or accident.


  • Is financing available for lip augmentation?

Financing is available for many plastic surgery procedures and your surgeon should be able to provide you with additional information.


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