Lip augmentation surgery is a procedure that enhances the size and shape of the lips, either with an implant, fat transfer, or with injectable fillers.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were 26,025 non-injectable lip augmentation procedures done in the United States in 2014. The number of injectable fillers has not been determined, but it may range into the hundreds of thousands according to some estimates.
Choosing Lip Augmentation
Lip augmentation procedures are chosen by patients that want to:
- Change thin upper or lower lips
- Augment lips that are thinning due to age
- Balance lips that don't balance out other facial features
- Create fuller, plumper lips
Patients should discuss their specific goals with their doctor before the procedure. Your doctor will be able to determine if lip augmentation is right for you.
Patients can also choose to have lip reduction surgery.
Lip Augmentation Procedures
There are many different approaches to lip augmentation. Patients may choose one or combine a few different approaches to get their desired look. These procedures include:
Injectables—these can be in the form of synthetic fillers or fat transfers and are directly injected into the lips. Synthetic fillers include Restylane, Artecoll, and Juvederm. These fillers usually last between four and six months. Fat transfer injections use liposuction to collect fat from another part of the body for redistributed into the lips. The body will absorb some of the fat and the process may need to be repeated. Injections can also use hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body.
Implants—lip implants are a permanent solution. They are made of natural or synthetic materials, but are usually made of silicone. Implants are inserted into the lips through small incisions.
There are also several procedures patients can choose from that lift the lips or that increase their size.
A typical recovery time for lip augmentation is between 1 and 5 days.
The average cost of lip augmentation procedures is between $500 and $2,000. Like most cosmetic surgeries, the cost will probably not be covered by insurance.
Risks of Lip Augmentation
- Hematoma or seroma (accumulating blood or fluid under the skin)
- Changes in sensation of skin
- Dissatisfaction with results
Patients can minimize risks by asking surgeons about their qualifications and by clearly defining the procedure and the expected outcome with their surgeons.
Malpractice and Lip Augmentation Procedures
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries as the result of negligence during a lip augmentation procedure, call our offices today to discuss your situation and schedule a free consultation. Our attorneys will offer the legal guidance you need to get the compensation you deserve.