Lip augmentation is a cosmetic procedure to create fuller lips, also resulting in the reduction of any fine wrinkles around the mouth. Lip augmentation may be achieved through the injection of fat harvested from another part of the patient’s body, or through the injection of collagen. Other options include the implantation of synthetic biocompatible materials such as AlloDerm and SoftForm. Dr. Sofonio, a board-certified cosmetic surgeon, performs lip augmentation procedures on residents of Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage, CA.
When you come in for a consultation, Dr. Sofonio will discuss your expectations and will conduct an analysis of your lips. Based on this analysis, he will recommend the best lip augmentation procedure for you. During the procedure, Dr. Sofonio will inject either your own fat, or a synthetic biocompatible material into your lips. Materials such as AlloDerm, a natural collagen sheet created from donated skin, is usually inserted through tiny incisions placed inside the corners of the mouth. The exact length of the procedure depends on the particular method Dr. Sofonio recommends.
Injections need to be repeated at frequent intervals to maintain the desired result because the effect is usually short-lived. Synthetic implants, such as Gore-Tex, produce more permanent results. The recovery period may include little down time for collagen or fat injections, or up to a week for surgical procedures.
The result of a lip augmentation procedure is usually an improvement in the contour of the lips. Lips are noticeably fuller, while wrinkles around the mouth diminish.
Dr. Mark V. Sofonio