$5000 - $8000
What is a lip augmentation with SMAS implant?
A lip augmentation with SMAS implant is a type of surgical lip enhancement procedure that can only be performed by a board certified plastic surgeon in conjunction with an SMAS facelift. The superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) is located between the deepest skin layer and the facial muscles. It is composed of collagen fat, and other fibrous tissue.
Anatomy of the Lip
During a facelift procedure, SMAS can be harvested for reimplantation in the lips. Given this is the patient’s own tissue there is no risk of rejection. Small incisions at the corners of the mouth allow the plastic surgeon to create a tunnel through which the SMAS material can be molded and shaped. These implants can be placed in the upper lip and/or lower lip. The SMAS implant creates plump lips with a natural appearance and improves facial feature symmetry.
What cosmetic concerns does a lip augmentation with SMAS implant procedure treat?
- Lip Size: The SMAS lip implant material can be used for lip augmentation creating plump lips and fuller lips with a natural lip appearance.
- Lip Shape: SMAS materials can be molded and shaped to alter the appearance and symmetry of the upper lip and/or lower lip.
Who is the ideal candidate for a lip augmentation with SMAS implant procedure?
Ideal candidates for a lip augmentation with SMAS implant are those in good health already undergoing a SMAS facelift who would like to simultaneously enhance lip volume, projection, and eversion. Lip augmentation with SMAS 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 those with certain chronic conditions.
What is the average recovery associated with a lip augmentation with SMAS implant procedure?
Initial recovery from a lip augmentation with SMAS implant can range from one to two weeks. Most patients return to work within three days. Limitations on exercise and strenuous activity are recommended for up to four weeks. A soft diet will be necessary for one week post op.
What are the potential side effects of a lip augmentation with SMAS implant procedure?
Possible side effects from a lip augmentation with SMAS implant procedure include bumps, lumps, migration of materials, asymmetry, bruising, bleeding, and swelling.
What can someone expect from the results of a lip augmentation with SMAS implant procedure?
A lip augmentation with SMAS implant will provide immediate and permanent results. Swelling and wound healing will resolve over three to four weeks.
What is the average cost of a lip augmentation with SMAS implant procedure?
A one time, permanent surgical procedure, a lip augmentation with SMAS implant cost ranges from $5,000 to $8,000. 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.
What to Expect
Lip augmentation with a SMAS implant is only performed alongside a facelift procedure. A portion of the excised SMAS tissue is inserted into the lips to enhance volume. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after lip augmentation with SMAS implant.
- An antibiotic and antiviral medication may be prescribed
- Stop taking any blood thinning medications for 2 weeks
- Stop smoking 4 weeks before and after surgery
- No alcohol 2 days prior
- No eating or drinking 6 hours before the procedure
- During a facelift excess SMAS tissue is harvested
- SMAS tissue is reshaped for implantation
- Small stab incisions are made at the corners of the mouth
- Tunnel is created from incision to incision.
- SMAS graft is pulled into the lip via the tunnel
- Sutures to close
Immediately After Treatment
- Lips will be swollen and stiff
Lip augmentation with SMAS implants is a permanent lip enhancement procedure only performed in conjunction with a SMAS facelift already being performed by a board certified plastic surgeon. SMAS material is native to the candidate’s body and, therefore, carries no risk of rejection. The average recovery is two to four weeks.