Lip Implants

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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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The Skinny


Average Recovery

2 weeks

Permanence

Permanent

Application

Implant

Surgical

Yes

Cost

$1500 - $5000

The Specifics


What is a lip implant?

A lip implant is a permanent surgical lip enhancement procedure performed by a plastic surgeon to alter lip shape, lip size, and create a more youthful appearance.

Anatomy of the Lip

Female lip anatomy infographic

Local anesthesia, or, less commonly, general anesthesia, is administered and small incisions are made at the corners of the mouth. The implant material is then pulled through the tunnel into the desired shape and size. The incisions are closed with sutures. Implant materials include, ePTFE, SoftForm, Gore-Tex, and Ultrasoft. Most patients resume most activities within one to two weeks.

What cosmetic concerns does a lip implant procedure treat?

  1. Lip Size: A lip implant can be used to augment lip size through artificially placed materials
  2. Lip Shape: Lip implant materials can be placed and molded as desired to alter the overall shape of the lip.

Who is the ideal candidate for a lip implant procedure?

Ideal candidates for a lip implant procedure are those in good health with naturally thin lips, undesirable lip shape or symmetry, or those with age related decreases in lip volume. Lip implants are not recommended for those with infections in and around the mouth, 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 implant procedure?

Most lip reduction patients resume most normal activities within one week. Modifications to a soft diet and limited strenuous activities are recommended for two to three weeks. Patients should limit excessive movement of their upper lip and lower lip. Most swelling and bruising will resolve within three to four weeks.

What are the potential side effects of a lip implant procedure?

Possible side effects from a lip implant procedure include bumps, lumps, migration of materials, foreign body reaction, asymmetry, bruising, bleeding, and swelling.

What can someone expect from the results of a lip implant procedure?

A lip 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 implant procedure?

A one time, permanent surgical procedure, a lip implant costs range $1,500 to $5,000. 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.

thumbs-upPros

  • Permanent
  • Immediate Results

thumbs-downCons

  • Visible Implant
  • Asymmetry
  • Invasive

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


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.

The Takeaway


Lip implants are permanent lip augmentation procedures performed by a plastic surgeon to enhance lip volume, lip size, and lip shape. Small incisions at the corners of the mouth allow for lip implants to be placed and molded into the desired shape and size. Most patients experience two to four weeks of downtime.

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  2. 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
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