Lip augmentation is the enlargement of the lips through many facial fillers including human based collagen, bovine based collagen (derived from cows including ArteFill® and Zyderm), Hyaluronic Acid- derived solutions (including Restylane® and Juvederm®), and fat transfers. Results depend on the solution used. With many different types of fillers available for lip augmentation, it’s important to know which solution is right for you.
A natural or synthetic biocompatible material, or the patient's own fat, is injected or implanted in the lips. One injection is usually sufficient to produce the desired result, which may be temporary, depending on the material used. Injections may need to be repeated periodically. Proper placement of the injected material is important. AlloDerm, a natural collagen sheet made from donated skin, is inserted through tiny incisions inside the corners of the mouth. Once the AlloDerm implant is in place, it eventually becomes integrated with the natural tissues. Gore-Tex, SoftForm and soft ePTFE are other synthetic implant options.