Lips augmentation

Lips augmentation
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Healthy lips are a reflection of youth and beauty. However, with the passage of time the facial fat tends to atrophy, so little by little wrinkles and depressions appear both on our lips and on our face.

For this reason, many people choose to undergo lip augmentation procedures, although there are those who do it to correct other alterations aesthetic character, as are asymmetries and size disproportions.

There are three ways to increase the volume of the lips: with injections of collagen or body fat, with implants based on synthetic tissue or the patient’s own, and through a surgical intervention or plasty, with which the structure is relocated and remodeled of the lips.


Collagen injections form a simple procedure, which generates little discomfort to the patients in whom it is applied. It consists of increasing the volume of the lips from the application of collagen under the surface of the skin of these.

Generally, collagen injections do not require the use of local anesthesia and the results are almost immediate, but they are not permanent because collagen is usually reabsorbed by the body after three to five months.

It should be noted that collagen injections can generate allergic reactions in some patients. To prevent complications, we recommend that you consult a qualified doctor and perform a skin test one month before the first injection.

Also, in addition to collagen, there are other injectables (viscoelastic hyaluronan, non-animal hyaluronic acid and polymethyl methacrylate microspheres), which offer similar results. Depending on your country of residence, these substances may or may not be available or may be suggested, or not, by your trusted surgeon, who is the most appropriate person to guide you during the lip augmentation process.


Injections of body fat to increase the volume of the lips consist in the subtraction of fat from a part of the body other than the mouth, generally from the hips or abdomen, through a syringe and in the subsequent insertion of this fat in the skin of the lips. This procedure requires several sessions, every 8 weeks, because the mouth usually only tolerates 15 to 20% of the fat injected into it. As with collagen injections, patients can usually resume their normal activities on the same day of the procedure. However, injections of body fat are much safer than collagen injections because they do not present a risk of allergic reaction and their results are a little more durable.


Lip implants are a much more permanent solution to achieve lips with a fleshy and youthful appearance. This procedure consists of the placement of an implant made of a soft and flexible material, usually silicone or expanded polytetrafluoroethylene.

During the surgery, which lasts approximately 30 minutes, the plastic surgeon will make four small cuts in each corner of his mouth, introduce the implant material in each lip and make sure that the implants fit perfectly to the desired size. The incisions are then sutured with a thin soluble thread, which will be reabsorbed or fall after three or four days, depending on the case.


The labial plasty is a surgery with which, in addition to relocating and reshaping the shape of the lips, volume is increased in external areas of the mouth, which allows patients to light lips with much more proportional dimensions. This procedure is performed with local anesthesia and involves bringing tissues from the same lip from one part to another. The most frequent plasty is the V-Y plasty or the W-plasty, in which the surgeon displaces muscle and mucosa outwards, which increases the volume of the mucosal lip height.


In the case of injections or implants, and if the surgeon so indicates, you should try to massage the intervened areas. In any of the lip augmentation procedures, avoid exposure to sun and heat, and try to take the prescribed medication regularly and consistently.


In the case of injections: After an injection of lip augmentation, the most common complications are whitening of the skin surface and localized redness at the point of injection. However, sometimes some patients show bruises or edema at the site of infiltration, which usually disappear after two days, or in the labial mucosa, which take four to six days to fade.

In case of presenting any suspicious reaction, immediately consult your doctor.

In the case of implants: Although there will be only a minimal amount of blood and little pain during the procedure of implanting the lips, patients can sometimes experience discomfort and experience some numbness, swelling and multiple bruises for several days. It is also possible that the patient has difficulty drinking or eating during the first day and, in very rare cases, the area could become infected.

In case of presenting any suspicious reaction, immediately consult your doctor.

In the case of surgery: Being a much more invasive procedure, it is most likely that after the operation the lips swell and bruises appear. It is common to feel pain during the first three days and the patient may have complications and discomfort when eating or drinking. Consult your doctor immediately in case of severe inflammation in the wounds or to the manifest of some other suspicious reaction.

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