Lip Enhancements

Lip Enhancement

Suitable for anyone who would like larger or fuller lips. In addition, there are people who were born with abnormalities of the lips or who’s lips have become deformed during their life.

Procedures Available

There are a large number of different procedures to choose from, most of which, you will need to seek the advice and consultation of a Plastic Surgeon – check out www.baaps.org.uk for more information

Temporary enhancement – many substances have been used to temporarily enlarge the lips. These substances are primarily injected under the white line. That is the white hair free line which outlines the vermilion (red mucosa) of the lip and is distinct from normal lip skin. This gives a pouting (Paris) lip. (see illustration). The bulk of the lip can be increased by injections into the muscle but these tend to dissolve at a faster rate. The most common substance used is collagen, for which an allergy test is required. Recently hyaluronic acid gel (Hylaform, Restylane) has been used. All these dissolving substances need to be topped up every 3 to 6 months.

The AAIC only recommends and stipulates members only  to use Hyularonic acid fillers as above 

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Fat injection (Surgeon only procedure)

This is usually considered to be temporary. It has the advantage that the patient’s own tissue is used, therefore there will be no allergic reaction. The fat is collected either as part of another liposuction procedure or harvested specifically for the purpose of augmentation of the lips. Usually it is taken from the abdomen or buttocks. It can be stored in the fridge for later use for many months. Injection of fat does cause more temporary swelling (bee sting lips) than the injection of other substances.

Permanent lip enlargement using the patient’s own tissue (Plastic Surgeon only)

The Dermis, or the deeper layers of the skin, have been used as a graft for many years, but recently has become popular for lip enhancement. The tissue is harvested as a by-product of some other operation where it would otherwise be discarded – e.g. abdominal reduction, breast reduction, facelift, etc. The epidermis, or outer skin, is removed and the shaped dermis threaded through from one side of lip to the other. The advantage being that this tissue takes well as a graft because it is the patient’s own tissue therefore there will be no problems of allergy. The graft may not implant fully and there will be some thinning of the dermis with age. However, good results can be achieved. It is a greater procedure, producing more swelling for a longer period of time (one to three weeks) and can also create complications of infection and bleeding, as in any operation. An alternative graft to dermis is fascia (the covering of muscle). This can be the temporalis fascia from the covering of the temporalis muscle under the scalp at the temple or from elsewhere. Lip enhancement by injection or graft is limited by the amount of vermilion or mucosa of the lip that is available. Some older people have very limited amounts of vermilion.

Surgical advancement of the vermilion(Plastic Surgeon only)

The mucosa of the inner side of the lip can be advanced downwards to make a fuller lip or even advanced downwards and round to replace normal skin. Unfortunately this last operation will destroy the normal white line. These re-constructive procedures tend to be used to treat congenital deformities and those acquired through injury or disease.

Which procedure is the best?

There are many procedures that can be used to enhance the lips. Some clients prefer temporary ones as they can change their minds. They may also wish to try the appearance of larger lips as a preliminary to something more permanent. Aesthetic Practitioner’s as part of the AAIC will only recommend or offer Hyularonic acid semi-permanent fillers.

DISCLAIMER: This website is designed to supply useful information but is not to be regarded as advice specific to any particular case. It does not replace the need for a thorough consultation and all prospective patients should seek the advice of a suitably qualified medical practitioner. The AAIC accepts no liability for any decision taken by the reader in respect of the treatment they decide to undertake.