Beautify Enhance Renew
Our lips gradually lose volume and shape over time, contributing to an aged appearance. This can cause patients to desire enhancement for increased volume and improved contours. Dr. Grazer offers both surgical and non-surgical options to restore fullness with a naturally soft feel.
Benefits of Lip Enhancement
Lip enhancement through implants, fillers, or surgery can benefit patients whose lips:
- Are naturally thin
- Have thinned due to age
- Lack shape and definition
- Are thinned from smoking
Lip Enhancement Candidates
Candidates for lip enhancement are dissatisfied with the thin appearance of their lips and wish for fuller, shapelier lips with either temporary or permanent results. Candidates should be non-smokers in good health with realistic expectations of their results.
Dr. Grazer uses PermaLip™ implants for permanent enhancement. PermaLip™ implants are made of soft, non-porous silicone with a tapered, natural shape and are available for both the top and bottom lips. Local anesthesia is administered, and hidden incisions are made in the corners of the mouth for insertion. The implants run the entire length of the lip for a natural shape.
Dr. Grazer uses injectable fillers like JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC, JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC, and Restylane® to augment and enhance the size of the lips. These fillers add temporary fullness and shape to restore youthfulness. Typically, no anesthesia is required before these injections, and there is minimal pain afterward.
Fat Grafting and Nanofat Grafting
Fat and nanofat grafting use harvested fat to enhance the fullness of your lips. Fat is taken from one area of your body, such as the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks, and injected into your lips after a series of purification processes. This treatment adds natural fullness to the lips without the risk of infection or rejection that is present with injectable fillers.
Platelet-rich plasma is another natural way to increase the fullness of the lips. Here, a vial of blood is taken from your arm and placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the remaining cells. These platelets contain growth factors that naturally stimulate the production of new cells and collagen. Once the platelets are separated, they are injected into the lip to stimulate tissue growth.
Upper Lip Lift
A lip lift is performed on patients whose lip thinning is localized to the upper lip. This procedure shortens the space between the nose and mouth to restore balance and harmony to the face while enhancing the appearance of the upper lip. An incision is made just above the upper lip, and a wedge of skin is removed before the incisions are closed. This causes the lip to lift upwards, revealing more of the inner lip.
Recovery and Results
Your recovery will depend on the techniques used. Injectable fillers and PRP treatments involve minimal downtime and post-treatment swelling and bruising. Patients are able to return to their normal activities within 24 hours, and results become noticeable shortly afterward. Injectable fillers offer temporary effects. These results typically last for six months to one year.
Fat grafting causes bruising and swelling at both the injection and harvest sites. Over-the-counter pain medication and antibiotics can handle any discomfort. Most patients feel able to return to work within a few days. Fat grafting results are permanent in most cases.
Upper lip lifts and implants will result in postoperative bruising and swelling. Oral pain medication, antibiotics, and cold compresses are used to remedy any discomfort. Most patients return to work and their daily routines within three to seven days. The results of these procedures are permanent.
Potential Side Effects
Lip enhancement (with implants, fillers, or surgery) is safe and effective. While rare, complications can include:
- Adverse reactions to anesthesia
- Allergic reactions to fillers or implants
- A slightly lumpy appearance
- Rejection or movement of the implant