Lip augmentation can also reduce fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth. This procedure is oftentimes combined with facial implants, Botox, chemical peels and facial laser resurfacing.


Typically for this procedure, collagen and patient’s own fat are often used with newer injectibles such as Juvederm, Esthelis, Restylane. Among the variety of techniques used for lip augmentation are laser lip rejuvenation – a non-invasive procedure which tightens the natural collagen and elastic tissue beneath the lips and V-Y lip augmentation – which requires incisions inside the lips. Lip surgery usually lasts for 15 minutes to 1 hour. The patient can resume normal activities usually within a day; however, graft recipients typically require 1 to 2 weeks.



Allergic reactions can range from prolonged redness, swelling, itching, or hardness at the injection site.Possible complications include bleeding, uneven upper and lower lips, and an implant shifting or erupting through the skin. Graft procedures may also leave some lips feeling unnaturally stiff for 2 to 3 months.WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER SURGERYDepending on the material used, the lasting effects of lip surgery can range from weeks and months to permanent condition. Restylane may last 9 to 12 weeks while certain fillers last up to 6 years.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the Lip Augmentation / Enhancement procedure?

Lip augmentation treatments are relatively quick cosmetic procedures. The length of treatment may range from 15 minutes to an hour.

What is recovery like after Lip Enhancement?

Downtime after cosmetic procedures is usually a few hours to a day, depending on the specific procedure and areas treated. Office procedures are performed under local anaesthesia, if any anaesthesia is required. Most patients do not require any time off from work, and may even return to work on the same day.

Will smoking affect my recovery after Lip Enhancement?

Smoking adversely affects your recovery. One may develop pneumonia, and treated areas don’t heal as well or may become infected. The blood vessels that supply oxygen and nutrients to the tissues shrink up and prevent the necessary healing of the area. Patients must stop smoking for a minimum of two weeks prior to surgery to decrease the risk of these complications, and continue smoking cessation after the procedure.

What health conditions threaten a successful recovery after Lip Enhancement?

Dr. Viral Desai performs a complete history and physical on all patients prior to undergoing cosmetic treatments. Lip enhancement may usually be safely performed on many chronic, stable medical conditions. However, lip enhancement may be delayed or cancelled as needed for patient safety. Dr. Viral Desai will work with his cosmetic patients to help find a safe, appropriate plastic surgery option for them.

Will I need time off work after Lip Enhancement?

Most patients do not require any time off from work, and may even return to work on the same day. A longer period of recovery may be necessary for combined procedures.

When can I resume regular exercise after Lip Enhancement?

Strenuous activities or exercise after non-surgical cosmetic treatments will increase the risk of bleeding, swelling, and bruising, until an appropriate healing time has been allowed. This restriction during the recovery period varies based on the cosmetic treatment performed and patient’s medical condition. Heavy activity, such as aerobics, yoga, cycling, running, heavy lifting, or similar vigorous activities are allowed after 2 weeks from the procedure. Contact sports are generally allowed after 6 weeks from surgery.

Can I combine Lip Enhancement with other facial plastic surgery?

Yes, it’s generally preferred to combine procedures. First, by combining surgery, insurance may cover a portion of the procedure, and you may save money on fees. Secondly, tissue modified from one area may be used for another surgical area, such as fat transfer and face lifting. Lastly, the recovery process following surgery would only be once, and you minimize downtime by avoiding two separate procedures. Commonly combined procedures with lip enhancement include the following:
• Face Lift
• Botox
• Peels
• Fat Transfer


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