Lip Augmentation Overview:
The shape and fullness of our lips do not always correspond to our wishes or self-image. Changes
brought on by aging (such as thinning of the lips or deep lines on the lips and cheeks) can also be
reasons for wanting to restore or alter the shape of the lips.
Lip augmentation (also known as lip injections or lip fillers) is a cosmetic procedure that aims
to enhance and improve the appearance of the lips by using injectable fillers. Lip injections have
become increasingly popular due to their well-known anti-aging benefits. Fillers can help prevent
a downturn of the mouth due to the loss of skin texture, which often occurs as a result of natural
aging and can be made worse by the long-term effects of smoking, for example.
This method involves injecting the patient’s own body fat into the lips to increase their volume.
Tissue can be harvested from areas where there are unwanted fat deposits, typically the thighs,
stomach or abdomen. Lip augmentation via fat injection is an outpatient procedure, and since
the procedure uses your own body tissue, there is a very low risk of any adverse reactions.
The liposuction to extract the fat is normally done under local anaesthesia. Although about 60%
of the fat will be reabsorbed by the body, usually what remains after six weeks will be permanent.
If you’re happy with the results, there shouldn’t be a need to have another fat graft. However, you
may choose to repeat the process after 6 months if you wish.
Alternatively, lip augmentation can be performed using dermal fillers. At our clinic in Bangkok, we
only use the highest quality hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers, such as Restylene and RADIESSE®.
Hyaluronic acid injections help restore the elasticity of the lips as well as changing their thickness
and shape. Hyaluronic acid is a polysaccharide naturally found in our bodies. Therefore, the body
does not reject it and it is not known to cause allergic reactions. Hyaluronic acid is naturally
removed from the body without any after-effects, and the lips will gradually return to their original state.
One advantage of using temporary fillers is that you can see the results before deciding to move on
to a more permanent solution. The injections can be administered under local anaesthesia and the
process does not leave any physical marks or scars. The treatment can be repeated every 6-12 months
for long-lasting results.
15 minutes to 2 hours. Most procedures are finished in 1 hour or less.
Care after surgery:
Return to normal activities: usually within a day. Keep ice packs applied to your lips for the first 48
hours and limit talking and chewing. To avoid unnecessary swelling or bleeding, you should not bend
over, strain, exercise or do any activities that could increase pressure to your lips. Keep the lips clean
to avoid infection.
Your recovery will depend on your lifestyle and which procedure you undergo. If you are having
injections, your recovery can take just a couple days. However, any swelling or bruising can last
longer. If you are having surgical implants or grafts, your recovery can take up to two weeks after the
surgery. You can go back to normal activities usually within a day but graft recipients require 1-2
We guarantee quality service and satisfying results of the operation but in cases of surgical
corrections, patient can assure a free of charge revision.
Risks and complications:
Common reaction can range from redness, swelling or itching at the injection site(s). Other possible
complications include bleeding, uneven lips, movement of the implants or extrusion, infection or
nerve damage. The usual, expected swelling and bruising can last from several days to a week. As with
any surgery, there are risks and complications. You can have allergic reactions to implants as we’ve
described above or allergic reaction to anesthesia. It’s very important that you discuss any concerns
with your doctor prior to surgery and that you make your doctor aware of any existing medical
conditions which may cause further complications.
Types of anesthesia use:
The procedure usually uses Local anesthesia
It depends on your preferences as well as your surgeon’s. Lip augmentation can be performed on an
outpatient basis, in the hospital, or in an ambulatory surgical suite.
Preparation prior to surgery:
Assessment of the medical history (any allergies, serious medical condition and all
medications taken both prescribed and non-prescribed), physical examination, and laboratory
tests will be performed during consultation.
The surgeon will also check your mouth. If you suffer from any of the following active lip or
oral cavity infections, you will have to postpone the procedure (Herpes, cold, tonsillitis).
Blood and urine samples will be collected for routine preoperative laboratory tests.
Smoking must be avoided for about 3-4 weeks prior to surgery, as nicotine interferes with
circulation and will greatly affect healing process.
You will likely to be asked to stop drinking alcohol, a week before the surgery and throughout
your recovery period.
Avoid taking any medications such as hormones, anticoagulants, anabolic steroids and
supplements at least 4-6 weeks to prevent complicating medical factors prior to surgery.
Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase