Implants permanently alter the shape of existing lip tissue by inserting a mold that will enhance the volume of the lips. There are various implant materials that can be used to best suit the patient. The cost for lip implants range between $1,500-$5,000 per lip.
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About the Procedure
During a lip implant placement procedure, the board certified plastic surgeon typically administers a local anesthesia agent and sedative to keep the patient pain free and calm. In some cases, general anesthesia is used. The process begins by making stab incisions at each corner of the lip being treated. A tunnel is then made from incision to incision within the lip for placement of the implant. Then, the implant is pulled through the tunnel into the desired position. Excess material or tissue is trimmed away and the incisions are closed with sutures. There are various types of materials used for lip implants including ePTFE, SoftForm, Gore-Tex, and Ultrasoft. Results can be seen immediately after the surgery. Optimal results occur after full recovery which typically takes less than two weeks. Patients can expect mild pain, swelling, and suture tightness for 1-3 days post-op. Most patients are able to return to work the day after the procedure. It is commonly recommended to wait 7-10 days before returning to strenuous activities. The cost for lip implants is $1,500-$5,000 per lip on average.
The goal of a lip implant is to plump lips for a more youthful appearance.
What to Expect
Implants permanently alter the shape of existing lip tissue by inserting a mold that will enhance the volume of the lips. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after lip implants.
- Stop taking blood thinning medications for 2 week
- Stop smoking 4 weeks before and after the surgery
- No alcohol 2 days prior
- Do not eat or drink anything 6 hours before
- General or local anesthesia with sedation
- Stab incisions made at each corner of the lip
- A tunnel is made from incision to incision
- Implant is pulled through the tunnel into the desired position
- Excess material or tissue is trimmed
- Sutures to close
Lip implant recovery times can range from 1-2 weeks. You can expect to spend a minimum of 3 days off work post surgery, and should refrain from exercise and exertion for 2-4 weeks post procedure. For the first 4-7 days after lip implant surgery only consume soft foods that don't require chewing. Antibiotics and prescription pain medication are given post operatively. Many may be prescribed an ointment to place at the stab incision sites to prevent infection and promote healing.
The ideal candidate for a lip implant will have naturally thin lips or an age-related decrease in lip volume and is looking for a permanent solution for lip fullness.
Not Recommended For
Lip implants are not recommended for candidates with active infections in or around the mouth such as herpes, lupus, blood-clotting diseases, diabetes, or heavy smokers unwilling to quit for a short period.
Side effects from lip implants may include bumps, lumps, infection, migration, foreign body reaction, asymmetry, bruising, bleeding, and swelling. If an implant is placed too superficially it can lead to a visible or palpable implant and possible extrusion.