Lip Enhancement

Lip enhancement is done to augment and enhance your lips. Although injectable fillers are more commonly used for lip augmentation, there is an option for individuals seeking a more permanent result. The desirable attributes of lip enhancement include the fact that it can be long lasting or permanent and patients do not need to undergo repeated needle sticks as they would with filler injection. Another advantage is that they are generally easy to place and can be removed easily if desired.

Who is a Candidate

  • Women and men desiring larger and fuller lips.
  • Women and men who prefer a more permanent option for lip enlargement than injectable fillers or fat transfer.
  • Adults who are in good health.
  • Scuba divers, woodwind instrument or flute players may experience problems with previous function.
  • Those for whom a change in mouth function could impair their professional activities (i.e. professional singers, public speakers, professional wind instrument players ) should pursue this option with caution.
  • It is recommended that patients first try injectable fillers to see how they like larger lips before considering lip implants.
  • Non-smokers.

Intended Results

  • Larger, more voluptuous lips.
  • Lips with enhanced volume and pout.

Procedure Description

  • The procedure is performed in the office with local anesthesia.
  • Numerous implants are available in different materials including silicone , Gore-Tex, and inflatable silicone.
  • Small punctures are made at the corners of the lips and a tunnel is created from one side of the lip to the other.
  • The implant is threaded through the tunnel and plumps the lip.
  • The small puncture incisions are usually closed with dissolvable sutures.

Recuperation and Healing

  • The recovery period averages 7-10 days.
  • Swelling and bruising may occur to a variable degree and is usually mild.
  • A soft diet is recommended for 4-5 days.
  • The sutures are usually self dissolving.

Other Options

  • Injectable fillers.
  • Fat transfer, where the fat is first harvested from the abdomen or other sites and then injected in the lips.


The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation with your Cosmetic Surgeon. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.