Lip augmentation makes lips look fuller. The procedure can be done in one of two ways: by adding materials to the lips through fat grafts or the use of hyaluronic acid injectable dermal fillers, or by advancing lip tissue. Advancing lip tissue involves moving tissue from your inner lips outward to create an appearance of fullness. This is a popular procedure and involves minimal recovery time.
What to expect during lip augmentation
The plastic surgeons at Johns Hopkins, in Baltimore, Maryland, do the procedure by making small incisions or by injection. It is an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia with or without sedation.
Recovery from lip augmentation
Lip augmentation requires very little recovery time and the bruising and swelling will subside within two weeks. Injectable dermal fillers are temporary and typically last 6-12 months before another injection is necessary. Fat grafts or other implants have the advantage of a potentially permanent result and may require longer recovery.