There are a variety of lip augmentation methods to boost the volume of your lips using injected dermal fillers. These injectable fillers may be composed of fat removed from your own body, or can be any of a number of commercially available fillers. Some of these external substances include human or bovine collagen, hyaluronic acid, cadaveric dermis, bone calcium and a synthetic material called polylactic acid. These substances are all temporary fillers, but PMMA is a semi-synthetic longer-lasting alternative.
“I've always had thin lips, so I decided to finally get a lip augmentation. I never had lip injections before so I was nervous about having the procedure done, but I'm so glad I did. I love the way my lips look now. I feel amazing! Dr. Feledy and his staff are just the BEST!” —E. R.*
Lip Augmentation Treatment
What are medical spa lip augmentation procedures?
When the dermal filler is injected into the lips, often a greater amount is injected then is intended to remain, as some of the filler is typically absorbed by the body in the first few days. When the chosen filler is made up of the patient’s own fat, it must first be harvested from another part of the body using liposuction. Often more is harvested than is needed for the procedure, and the excess is stored for future touch-ups.
What are the steps of the lip augmentation procedure?
First the desired outcome is discussed in detail and the proper injection areas on the lips are marked. The injection sites will be cleaned, after which a topical anesthetic may be applied, if desired. The lip injections are done into the target areas, taking only a few minutes total. The marks will be washed away and ice may be applied.
Who is an ideal candidate for lip augmentation?
Those who are looking for a temporary improvement in their lip volume or would like to experience a sense of the results prior to getting a lip augmentation are ideal candidates for lip augmentation. Candidates with allergies to some of the filler materials may be able to choose other filler materials as an alternative.
What happens after the lip injections?
There is no recovery period after a dermal filling for lip augmentation, though the area should not be pressed or rubbed for a few days. There may be some swelling and bruising. Depending on the lip augmentation procedure chosen, there may be an overfilled appearance that should normalize after a few days as the body absorbs some of the filler.
Are there any side effects to lip injections?
Side effects of lip augmentation are rare, but may include acne, imbalance, bleeding, bruising, lumping, infection, itching, necrosis, redness, sensitivity, swelling, numbness, paralysis, tightness and rejection of the filler material. These risks associated with lip injections will be discussed in-depth during your consultation with Dr. Feledy.