Lip implants are a cosmetic procedure used to improve the fullness and plumpness of the lips. Lip implants are a type of permanent lip augmentation that uses plastic implants to plump the lips, considered as an alternative to temporary lip fillers for lip augmentation.
Two types of implants can be used: silicone,
and expanded polytetrafluoroethylene
In addition to plastic lip implants, two other types of implant procedures can be performed:
Tissue grafting: uses an implant of skin from the lower stomach area to fill the lip.
Fat grafting: uses fat that has been transferred from the abdomen to fill the lip.
A tunnel in the lip is created which follows the shape of the lip. Once the curved alligator clamp has reached the end of the tunnel, the clamp opens. The implant is grasped and dragged into the lip tunnel and positioned underneath the lip fat and above the lip muscles. Once the implants are in place, the incisions are closed with one or two absorbable sutures.