Full, healthy lips are a sign of youth. As we age, our lips atrophy. This can be a telltale sign that we are no longer young. Lip augmentation is a very simple procedure to restore fullness and balance between the upper and lower lip.
Augmentation of the lips can be performed through various modalities. Recently, improvements in fat transfer techniques have allowed for longer lasting results than synthetic fillers. Fat is harvested from the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks depending on patient choice. This is done through a small pen-size incision and does not leave a noticeable scar. The fat is then washed and cleaned and an appropriate amount is used to inject and volumize the lips through an invisible needle-size hole on either side of the lips. Lip augmentation with fat transfer techniques can be done in 1 hr or less. This procedure can be done under local anesthesia, conscious sedation, or general anesthesia. Together with Dr. Ladner the appropriate anesthetic plan will be determined.
Patients can return to work and normal activities immediately after the procedure or within 1-2 days. Because of swelling, a soft diet is recommended for 36-48 hrs after the procedure. A moderate amount of swelling is normal and usually disappears within 10 days. Sutures at the site of the fat harvest are removed within a week of surgery.