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Fuller Lips Through Lip Augmentation

Lip augmentation creates fuller, plumper lips and reduces fine wrinkles around the mouth.

Types of Lip Enhancements and Injections

Full lips through lip augmentation with facial fillers such as cosmetic dermal fillers and lip implants have gained popularity recently. Thin lips or wrinkled lips that detract from facial appeal have long been a challenge for many women and men.

Basically, lip augmentation is the magnification of the lips with a cosmetic facial filler, fat transfer, or lip implants to create fuller lips. Several types of fillers and implants are available, including:

Human-Based Collagen Lip Augmentation

During the lip augmentation procedure using human-based collagen, your doctor may inject a manufactured human-based collagen filler to fill the lip area. Human-based collagen fillers are biocompatible and offer results that may last for four or more months.

Bovine-Based Collagen Lip Augmentation

Before a lip augmentation procedure using bovine-based collagen, your doctor will perform an allergy test to ensure you are not allergic, because this form of collagen is derived from cows. After results from the allergy test show that you are a candidate for bovine-based collagen, your doctor will inject manufactured bovine-based collagen into the lip area.

Hyaluronic Acid-Derived Lip Augmentation

During the lip augmentation procedure using hyaluronic acid, your doctor will inject a hyaluronic acid solution to fill the lip area. Hyaluronic acid is a safe, clear gel composed of a naturally occurring polysaccharide (a carbohydrate) that exists in human tissues and skin. Hyaluronic acid fillers are said to offer longer lasting results than collagen-based fillers.

Fat Transfer Lip Augmentation

During the lip augmentation procedure using a fat transfer, your doctor may extract fat cells from a discreet area of your body (such as the buttocks), prepare the extracted fat cells, and then transfer them through an injection to the lip area.

Aging, sun exposure, heredity and lifestyle factors including nutrition, alcohol consumption and smoking all may contribute to facial wrinkling.