Lip augmentation refers to improving the visual plumpness or fullness of the lips. When considering lip augmentation, it’s important to know that there is no technique which is totally permanent, though there are some procedures that last longer than most.
A surgical option is to use your own tissue. It is a procedure that transplants dermis, fascia and/or fat to the lips. Dr. Nitta prefers using a dermal fat graft for larger augmentations. Approximately 70% of the graft becomes incorporated into the lip, making it a more permanent solution. Fat injections can also be used, with a 50% incorporation rate. The grafts will eventually shrink with time. The lips lose fat before other areas of the face, so fat loss is to be expected with time and aging.
Note: Dr. Nitta does not place any type of artificial grafts such as Gortex or Soft Form into the lips. The lip is a mobile muscle, which is constantly changing. Anything artificial may become hard. When the lips lose fat or scar poorly, these grafts may become hard, immobile, and visibly unattractive.
If you are considering lip augmentation, Dr. Nitta will help you explore the best options for your unique case. To find out more, call our office at (949) 722-6644 to schedule your free consultation with Double-Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Katharine C. Nitta today!