Lip Augmentation with Fat Transfer
Lip augmentation with fat transfer is a procedure that involves injecting the patient’s own fat tissue into the lips to increase volume and protrusion. Also called fat grafting, this procedure involves harvesting fat tissue from the patient's buttocks, stomach, or thighs, and then injecting it into the lips or surrounding facial areas to enhance appearance. This minimally invasive, outpatient procedure can be performed with local anesthesia. The cost varies between $3,000-$5,000.
Lip Augmentation with Fat Transfer
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About the Procedure
During a lip augmentation with fat transfer procedure, the board certified plastic surgeon will harvest fat tissue from the buttocks, thighs, or stomach via liposuction. As very little fat tissue is removed, there are typically no visible differences to the harvesting area. The fat is then injected into the lips with a fine gauge needle. The blunt end of the needle will leave tiny 0.2 cm puncture wounds in the lips. This procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia and causes little discomfort. Using fat grafting to plump the lips is a minimally invasive procedure that is performed on an outpatient basis. It produces immediate results and requires only a few days to fully recover from in most cases. The patient should expect mild discomfort or swelling for 1-3 days after the procedure. Unlike an artificial implant, using the patient's own fat tissue eliminates the risk of bodily rejection. The chance for permanent integration is very high. Natural-looking results from this safe procedure typically last for 6-12 months before subsequent treatments are necessary. Single injection costs range from $3,000-$5,000.
The goal of a lip augmentation with fat transfer is to naturally enhance the volume of the lips by using a patient's own fat.
What to Expect
Lip augmentation with fat transfer is a procedure that injects the patient’s own fat tissue into the lips to increase volume. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after lip augmentation with fat transfer.
- Stop taking blood thinning medications for 2 weeks
- Stop smoking 4 weeks before and after surgery
- No alcohol 2 days prior
- Stop all diet medicines, ephedrines, and asthma medications 2 days prior
- No caffeine after midnight day of
- Do not eat or drink 6 hours before surgery
- Local anesthesia
- Fat tissue is harvested via liposuction
- Fat is purified
- Fat is injected into the lips with a fine gauge needle
Recovery from a lip augmentation with fat grafting requires healing from both the injection site and where the fat was harvested. Healing time will vary based on the extent of the liposuction procedure. Bruising and swelling should be expected to last from 5-10 days. Most patients are able to go back to work within 2 days and can resume normal activities with 1 week.
The ideal candidate for lip augmentation with fat transfer will have naturally thin lips or an age-related decrease in lip volume.
Not Recommended For
Lip augmentation with fat transfer is not recommended for candidates with infections in or around the mouth, heavy smokers unwilling to quit for a short period or patients who do not have an adequate harvesting site for liposuction.
Side effects from lip augmentation with fat transfer may include infection, pain, bruising, asymmetry, prolonged edema, fat necrosis, and fat calcification.