Lip augmentation involves increasing the volume and definition of the lips using either lip implants or fillers. This creates a more full looking lip and eliminates the wrinkles or lipstick lines that develop around the mouth.
How long does lip augmentation last?
The expected longevity of lip augmentation depends on the filler used. Different fillers may last anywhere from three months to two years. The most common fillers last six to eight months. Each has its specific benefits and drawbacks. For example, a longer lasting filler should be avoided unless you are very sure about the amount of augmentation desired. Longer lasting fillers also have a greater tendency to feel lumpy. Fat transplantation is often used for lip augmentation, however unlike other areas of the face, fat transfer is generally short lived in the lips due to the extreme amount of movement and function
Lip implants are permanent; however, they can be easily removed generally without consequences if the result is not satisfactory.
Is lip augmentation a painful procedure?
Due to the thickness and chemical makeup of the filler materials used, injections tend to be quite painful. In our office, these injections are only performed with at least a local anesthetic (which can be administered along with laughing gas or under an IV sedation). Inflating of the lips can be done without anesthetic, but is very uncomfortable and yields inferior results. Proper defining of the lip along with reconstruction of cupid’s bow, the filtrum, and a natural looking lip roll require a significant amount of finesse, and can only reasonably be done with an anesthetized patient. The filler material is not painful after placement.