ome individuals are born with thin lips, while others develop thinning of the lips as part of the aging process. For those desiring greater volume or a more uniform shape to their upper and/or lower lips, a lip implant can be used to permanently augment the lips.
Women and even men, from their 20’s (in the case of genetic thin lips) to their 60’s could have this procedure performed. The procedure is much more popular among females, but can produce a normal size and shape for men who lack lip volume.
Dr. James Matas, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Orlando, Florida, has extensive experience using facial implants. At your initial consultation, he will discuss your goals and motivations, along with assessing your physical and emotional health and reviewing information you provide about previous surgeries, past and current medical conditions, as well as nutritional supplements, herbal remedies and pharmaceutical medications you take.
He will examine the size and shape of your lips, as well as the relationship between them compared to your other facial features. He will take measurements that will help him determine the proper implant size(s) to use. Different sized implants can be used for the upper and lower lips to balance the size of mouth and face together.
He will advise you to avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen products, Vitamin E and certain herbal medications before the procedure, as these can cause increased bruising and swelling.
The procedure is performed using local anesthesia and a dental block, so no discomfort is felt during the treatment. First, the block is administered. Then, a small incision is placed along the outside corners of the mouth. A pocket or space is then created where the implant will be permanently placed. A pre-measured lip implant is then placed in this pocket and final positioning is made. The small incisions are then closed with sutures and cold compresses are applied to reduce immediate swelling.
The procedure is performed in a sterile manner inside a treatment room and takes approximately 30-60 minutes to complete.
You should expect moderate bruising and swelling, and general tenderness around the lips and mouth for a few days. We will ask you to apply cold compresses, use certain medications to reduce bruising and swelling and to perform a certain type of manipulation of the implant itself. It may affect eating and chewing for several days, but no longer. You can get back to work within a day or two, but should avoid vigorous physical activity until swelling has subsided.
After lip augmentation, you will have fuller lips with a uniform shape and better balance to your face. You may feel more youthful and attractive, and enjoy having photographs made again! And, unlike lip injections that are temporary, the results from your lip augmentation are permanent. The implants can be easily removed, however, should you ever wish to change sizes or change your mind about having implants altogether.