Lip Enlargement

Why would I consider lip enlargement?

Lip enlargement, or lip augumentation, is undertaken to:

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Who benefits?

Both younger and older patients benefit from lip enlargement.

Younger patients tend to request lip augumentation to provide an overall increase in size or change in shape to the lip area.

Older patients tend to request lip augumentation to reduce the effects of aging on the lip area, such as lipstick bleed. As the amount of tissue in the lip decreases and the elasticity in the skin also reduces; cracks and vertical lines become apparent in this regio, causing lipstick bleed.

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How is it done?

There are both non-surgical and surgical methods of lip augumentation. The method used determines whether the results will be of shorter-term or longer-term longevity:

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Methods of lip augumentation?

Non-surgical
Dermal fillers - non-surgical injections Lip augmentation can be done in our office using non-surgical injections to the lips with a dermal filler - we typically use a hyaluronic acid product. This treatment is of shorter term longevity than the surgical options.

Surgical
Surgical options are longer-term solutions:

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What can I expect?

Non-surgical
Dermal fillers - non-surgical injections Office based lip enlargement is logistically similar to a dental visit, but there is no drill.
After the local anaesthetic block the procedure is undertaken, taking less than 30 minutes. Results are immediate.

Surgical
With fat injection and dermal grafts to the lips, you are typically admitted on the day of surgery fasted from the night before. A light general anaesthetic is typically used and the surgery is day surgery.

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How long does it take to recover?

Office based injection does not have a recovery time as such other than, slight redness and swelling overnight.

Recovery time is in the order of a week for dermal grafts, and fat injection is associated with swelling for approximately 2-3 weeks due to the need for initial over correction.

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What complications can occur?

Although every endeavour is made to avoid complications, sometimes they do occur and it does not necessarily imply an error has occured. Complications do not necessarily imply an error has occurred, they can be related to the anaesthetic or the surgery.

Non-surgical With office-based injection, significant complications are rare. Bruising can occur. An allergic reaction to hyaluronic acid based products is possible, but rare.

Surgical Surgical solutions carry the risk of any operation, but specific complications include the development of small cysts with dermal grafts, and initial swelling with fat grafts.

Although this list indicates some examples of complications, surgery should not be undertaken until this has been discussed fully with the surgeon.

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What other procedures are often performed at the same time?

Dermal grafts are often undertaken in combination with facelift procedures as problems of facial aging and lip loss of volume occur within the same age range.

The two sets procedures are complementary, as the source of the dermal grafts can be areas of skin removed as part of the facelift.

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What does it cost and will private insurance help?

Non surgical lip enlargement starts from approximately $350 AUD.

Exact costing is highly variable, as it depends on your history and circumstances, the hospital used and specifics of the procedure.

Some private health insurance companies in Australia will assist with bed and theatre fees even on purely cosmetic procedures.

If a procedure can be given an item number then rebates may apply. This may be applicable to you if you have significantly different sized breasts.

A cost guide can be requested from my office on +61 8 9485 1333, some of the individual cost factors can be estimated with more information. Alternatively, we can be emailed at info@cosmetic-surgery.com.au

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Where can I get more information?

If you have specific questions, or wish more information on specific procedures, please don"t hesitate to contact my office for a complimentary appointment with my nurse / patient liaison officer.

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Lip Enlargement

Dermal Graft

Lip Enlargement: Dermal Graft - Before Lip Enlargement: Dermal Graft - After

Before and After

Lip Enlargement: Dermal Graft - Before Lip Enlargement: Dermal Graft - After

Client has also had facelift
Before and After