What is Lip Augmentation?
Lip augmentation is a cosmetic procedure used to increase the size of the lips, but more importantly, to reshape the lips using injections, and sometimes, lip implants.
These procedures can be performed on the upper and/or lower lips, and may offer temporary or permanent results depending on the type of procedure performed. Most patients desiring larger, fuller, and more shaped lips are able to achieve their desired results with just one simple procedure.
Fuller lips can be achieved through several different techniques. The best procedure for you depends on your desired results, along with several other determining factors. Dr. Bonillas will discuss these factors with you to help you decide which treatment option is best for you to achieve the lips you desire.
Most lip augmentation options involve an injection of a facial filler to increase the size and enhance the shape of the lips. Some of the options commonly used for lip enhancement include:
- Juvederm injections (similar to natural hyaluronic acid) – most common procedure
- Patient’s own fat from another area of the body
- Collagen injections
- Fascia injections (donor material)
The second most common lip augmentation performed by Dr. Bonillas is with the use of permanent implants (the PermaLip™ implant). The PermaLip™ implants are made in the U.S. and consist of soft, solid silicone. It’s an implant that cannot rupture, deflate or degrade over time. The implants correspond to the dimensions of the lip. It is an implant and NOT an injection of silicone.
The implant is available in a variety of diameters and lengths to accommodate the uniqueness of each person’s lip characteristics, tapering at both ends to conform naturally to the normal lip. Although it’s permanent, the implant is also designed to be easily removable should a person wish to achieve a larger or smaller enhancement or even return to their original lip appearance. The results do not have that signature augmented look, infant, quite the opposite. It produces a subtle and natural augmentation.
Each of these different types of lip augmentations offer patients some kind of benefits over others. You can discuss these options further with Dr. Bonillas in order to determine which procedure is best for you.
Lip augmentation procedures are performed by Dr. Bonillas in our office, and are usually completed in less than an hour.
Dr. Bonillas uses local anesthesia in the form of nerve blocks, as he has found this is the only method to provide his patients with a nearly pain-free procedure!
Once the anesthesia is performed, the filler is injected directly into the lips and takes just a few minutes to perform. Proper lip injection is important in order to achieve optimal results, and Dr. Bonillas has mastered his lip injection skills to shape the lips so that the effect is more shaped and natural looking lips, and secondarily, more augmented lips.
Dr. Bonillas also uses local anesthesia in the form of nerve blocks, as well as, local lip field blocks. The PermaLip™ implants are inserted into the upper and/or lower lips through tiny incisions at the corners of the mouth. The incisions are then closed with absorbable sutures, and the implants will remain in place with permanent results.
Results and Recovery
After lip augmentation, patients may experience mild discomfort and swelling for a few days, and these side effects usually subside shortly after that. The lips may appear to be over augmented at first due to the expected swelling. Their shape may appear odd and unnatural, however, once the swelling subsides, usually within a few days, the results are beautiful and captivating.
Most patients can return to work and other normal activities within one to two days after the procedure, although exercise and other strenuous activities should be avoided for a few days.
Depending on the procedure performed, patients may require multiple treatments over time to maintain their desired results. Lips, like all tissues of our bodies, are not immune to the effects of aging and will gradually deplete, requiring other procedures to keep them rejuvenated.