Lip augmentation can be performed with filler or implants. Fillers are a temporary solution to provide customizable lip augmentation and can last for up to 12 months.
After the procedure, there are no activity restrictions from the lip filler and can return to your daily schedule immediately after the procedure.
For a permanent result with lip augmentation, lip implants are the best solution. Lip implants are a great option for permanent lip augmentation results. They are a soft and silicone based implant and though they last permanently, they can easily be altered or removed. They cannot be felt by others and do not affect the function of the lips.
The lip implant procedure is typically short and usually takes about half an hour to complete. It is typically performed under local anesthesia, but can also be done with light sedation. The procedure is performed by making small incisions that are hidden in the lip.
Lip implant surgery with Dr. Ward is not difficult, usually taking just around an hour. Small incisions are made in the lips, usually at the corners, if possible. Dr. Ward then creates a thin tunnel to hold the implant. The implant is then inserted and threaded through the lip. Most implants are tube shaped and are accepted by the body, allowing natural tissue to grow through the implants, making them a part of the lip permanently.
Unlike breast implants, which have a lifespan of around one decade, lip implants are permanent. There are different implant options, including Gore-Tex, but all allow the natural lip tissue to intertwine with the implant, making the implant a part of the lip structure.
After the procedure, there is typically some swelling and bruising, which usually takes about a week to go away.