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Lip Augmentation with Autologen

Lip augmentation with autologen involves injecting the lips with patient-derived collagen to enhance plumpness and definition. Collagen is the main connective protein in the body. In this procedure, the patient donates collagen and then has it sterilized, processed, and stored for up to 5 years in a cryochamber for use in future injections. Autolgen is the patient’s unique biological matter and is not rejected by the body, making it the safest and most natural type of lip filler.

Lip Augmentation with Autologen

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The Skinny


Average Recovery

5 days

Permanence

Temporary

Application

Injected

Surgical

No

Cost

$200 - $350

The Specifics


What is lip augmentation with autologen?

A lip augmentation with autologen is a non surgical option for patients seeking to temporarily experience plump lips and fuller lips. Autologen injections are derived from previously harvested collagen (like that from a previous cosmetic procedure), which has been cryogenically stored for up to five years for later use.

Anatomy of the Lip

Female lip anatomy infographic

Collagen is a natural biological protein that carries no risk of rejection. Lip augmentation with autologen is a quick outpatient procedure performed by a board certified plastic surgeon in as little as 15 minutes. Downtime after the procedure is minimal.

What cosmetic concerns does a lip augmentation with autologen procedure treat?

  1. Lip Size: Autologen lip implants can enhance lip volume and plumpness through strategic injections.
  2. Lip Shape: Similarly to adjustments to lip size, autologen lip implants can enhance the symmetry and contour of the upper lip and/or lower lip.

Who is the ideal candidate for a lip augmentation with autologen procedure?

Ideal candidates for a lip augmentation with autologen implant are those in good health who have previously undergone a procedure in which autologen was harvested and stored. Those with naturally thin lips and those whose lips have thinned due to natural aging are good candidates for this lip augmentation. Lip augmentation with autologen implants are not recommended for those with infections in and around the mouth (like cold sores), smokers unwilling to quit around the time of the procedure, and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What is the average recovery associated with a lip augmentation with autologen procedure?

Initial recovery from a lip augmentation with autologen implant is generally less than 24 hours. Most patients return to work the same day. Limitations on exercise and strenuous activity are recommended for up to six hours post op. Patients are advised to sleep with their head elevated the night after the procedure and limit intake of alcohol and salty foods.

What are the potential side effects of a lip augmentation with autologen procedure?

Possible side effects from a lip augmentation with autologen implant procedure include pain, bruising, asymmetry, and prolonged edema.

What can someone expect from the results of a lip augmentation with autologen procedure?

A lip augmentation with autologen implant will provide immediate and temporary results. Swelling will resolve over a few days. The results typically last about six months.

What is the average cost of a lip augmentation with autologen procedure?

A temporary, non surgical option, lip augmentation with autologen implant costs range from $200 to $350. Keep in mind, a candidate will need to have previously undergone a procedure in which Autologen was harvested. The actual cost of the procedure is dependent upon location, plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the surgery. Remember this is a cosmetic surgery (not a reconstructive surgery), and so it will not be covered by insurance.

Pros

no risk of rejectionno risk of allergic reactionless likely to reabsorb

Cons

expensivetime to process autologenprevious surgery necessarytemporary

Invasiveness Score

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Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect


Lip augmentation can be achieved with patient-derived collagen, called autologen, to enhance plumpness and definition. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after lip augmentation with autologen.

The Takeaway


A lip augmentation with autologen implant is a temporary non-surgical lip augmentation procedure only performed on those who have previously undergone a harvesting procedure. Autologen material is native to the candidate’s body and, therefore, carries no risk of rejection. The average recovery is one week. The results usually last about six months.

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  1. Spiegel, J H, and O L Spiegel. “Lip Lifting: Not Just Fullness-Everything You Need to Know about Lifting and Creating Youthful, Beautiful Lips.” Facial Plastic Surg. , 3 Apr. 2019, pp. 129–133.; 2019-04-03
  2. Luthra, A. “Shaping Lips with Fillers.” J Cutan Aesthet Surg. v.8(3); Jul-Sep 2015.; 2015-07-01
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