Those who also want more voluptuous lips, either to improve the image or to avoid the effects of volume loss due to aging, may want to consider getting a lip augmentation. Most patients who perform this procedure are female, however some men also decide to perform it. The purpose of this procedure is to give more volume and contour of the tight lips to give greater aesthetic appeal.

The lips are one of the most important and striking elements of the facial center when we see someone for the first time. Our faces convey our emotions and therefore play a vital role in communicating with others. The lips can make a smile, a frown or a kiss and you can determine whether we are young or old. The most popular types are the lips of famous people. The lips of these celebrities give a distinctive and desirable.

Benefits of lip augmentation

The benefits of lip augmenting are directly related to one’s own aesthetic image and self-confidence. Thin lips, aged or not provided with all facial can be changed to give a younger appearance, injectable fillers or implants. Thick lips in women are a projection of the biological sign of fertility and youth. For this reason, the edges to be reduced in volume as age progresses, i.e. due to reduced levels of estrogen (hormones).

Characteristics of patients

The ideal candidate for lip augmenting is a person who is in good health, both physically and psychologically and have realistic expectations about the final results. The purpose of wanting to become a lip augmentation can be to offer greater facial symmetry, increased self-esteem, restore volume lost due to aging and improve facial appearance. Your reasons for wanting to undergo this procedure, you should deal with your doctor during the first visit.

Types of lip augmentation

The lips may be small, thin, or unprofiled. They may have small asymmetries or scars, either congenital or caused by injuries or previous treatments. Through the infiltration of certain substances you can get lips with more volume, improve the shape, give symmetry, projection or profile the lips, always maintaining a natural and aesthetic appearance. There are three types of lip augmentation, depending on the expected results. They are as follows:

Aesthetic lip augmentation

Aesthetic lip augmentation is designed for people with thin lips or who have lost volume over the years. As we have already said, the most common form of augmentation lip augmentation is the injection of hyaluronic acid.

Hyaluronic acid is a polysaccharide that is naturally present in human connective tissues, including the skin. In fact, it is the main elastic component of the skin. It contains water (99.5%), and plays an important role in the formation of stable collagen and in the organization of the extracellular matrix. And for that reason, it is perfect both to moisturize the skin and to fill the lips. Hyaluronic acid is also the preferred type of filler because of its natural appearance and its ability to dissolve over time or with the help of the dermis. Hyaluronic acid fillers retain moisture in the skin to increase the volume, shape and structure of the lips.

Reduction lip augmentation

In reduction lip augmentation the goal is to reduce lip volume. The operation removes excess lip tissue to reduce the appearance of overly large lips. The procedure takes between 15 and 20 minutes and can be performed under local anesthesia. Candidates for this surgery are people with overly bulky lips who want to harmonize their facial features.

Corrective lip augmentation

Corrective lip surgery is intended to repair lips that have suffered burns, congenital alterations (such as cleft lip) or injuries of any other type.

Lip augmentation results

The result of a lip augmentation in our clinic is thicker, profiled and hydrated lips; always respecting the naturalness and facial expression. This achieves a more youthful and attractive face. The results can be permanent or temporary, depending on the substance being injected.


The surgical intervention does not have major complications and the recovery is very fast. The most common side effect is swelling of the lips and mild numbness. However, this swelling is temporary and can be easily controlled by local application of ice.

The removal of the stitches is done seven days after the intervention. During those first days it is recommended to follow a soft diet, do not perform physical exercise, do not apply heat to the area and avoid prolonged exposure to the sun. The surgeon will give the patient all the information about the guidelines to follow.

Frequently Asked Questions of Lip Operation

How long does lip augmentation last?

This depends on the type of injection that is performed to get the increase. In the case of injection with hyaluronic acid the effects gradually diminish as the body reabsorbs this substance naturally. It is estimated that the results of the increase are appreciated in all their splendor during a period of 6 months to 1 year. After that it is always possible to apply a new injection.

In summary, the total duration of lip fillers depends on the amount of filler injected, the patient’s metabolism and the substance used.

What are the advantages of hyaluronic acid for lip filling?

As we have already mentioned before, hyaluronic acid is part of the structure of normal and healthy skin. The function of hyaluronic acid is to provide nutrients, moisturize the skin by retaining water and act as a buffering agent. However, its concentration decreases with age. The advantages of this type of filler for lip augmentation are, among others:

  • Be a natural, biodegradable and resorbable (temporary) product. The filling can last 1 year, depending on the product used, the infiltrated volume and the injection technique.
  • Integrate into tissues naturally, allowing oxygen and nutrients to pass through the skin.
  • Maintain an adequate hydration of the skin and a turgor characteristic of youth, so the results, on the lips, are aesthetically evident and above all very natural both in the visual aspect and touch.

Is lip augmentation for you?

Anyone who wants to improve the appearance of their lips can be a good candidate for lip augmentation. This includes:

  • Patients with thin lips who want to increase their volume
  • Patients with too large lips who want to reduce their volume
  • Patients with cleft lips or affected by other congenital alterations.
  • Patients whose lips have suffered an injury or burn.
  • Patients who previously underwent lip treatment and were not satisfied with the result.

However, there are patients in whom this type of procedure is discouraged. For example, it is recommended not to smoke, and if the person suffers from any autoimmune or inflammatory disease should mention it. In any case, the clinic will do the appropriate examinations to ensure that the patient is an ideal candidate for surgery.

How long does the inflammation of a lip augmentation last?

It is normal for the lips to be somewhat inflamed during the days after the intervention. The normal thing is that it is an inflammation and disappears after a week.

Is lip augmentation reversible?

Lip augmentation with most injectables is temporary, so the effects go away on their own over time. Permanent injectables are more difficult to remove, so keep this in mind when making your decision.

Are permanent or temporary fillers better?

It all depends on the objective that is pursued. Many people prefer temporary fillers because they are reversible and affordable. That means that if the patient wants to maintain the volume of her lips, she only has to make a new injection, and if she wants to recover his original shape, she can also do it easily. If the patient is unhappy with the result of the lip augmentation for any reason, the doctor may inject a solvent enzyme called hyaluronidase to break down the hyaluronic acid particles and speed up the rate of dissolution of the filler.