About the Procedure
Lip Reduction: Small hidden incisions are made in inconspicuous areas behind the lips proper, tiny amounts of the lip tissue can be removed reducing the visual prominence and volume of the lips.
Lip Augmentation: This can also be done surgically by making advancing flaps behind the lips. This technique will advance lip tissue forward giving a fuller volume and increased prominence. The disadvantage is in the scarring.
Other techniques include nearly all of the injectable filler substances and the synthetics such as Gore-Tex™. Different materials have different rates of resorption but they are always faster to absorb in the lips than in other areas of the body. Collagen – rarely used except for a temporary improvement or to make a movie – absorption is very fast.
Gore-Tex: Extremely easy and fast to place in the lips but does not move naturally and can sometimes be felt in the lips. Also has a risk of infection.
Artefill®: An FDA-approved injectable wrinkle filler designed for the correction of smile lines.
Lipostructure: More involved procedure with a donor site in addition to the lips. It gives the most natural and the softest end result. Large increases may need more than one session for satisfactory results.