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Lip Augmentation with Fat Transfer

Lip augmentation with fat transfer is a procedure that involves injecting the patient’s own fat tissue into the lips to increase shape and size.

Lip Augmentation with Fat Transfer

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The Skinny


Average Recovery

6 days

Permanence

Temporary

Application

Injected

Surgical

Yes

Cost

$3000 - $11000

The Specifics


What is lip augmentation with fat transfer?

A lip augmentation with fat transfer is a non surgical option for patients seeking to temporarily enhance the size and shape of their lips without the use of synthetic dermal filler. The fat is collected from a donor site (think: the abdomen, buttocks, thighs), purified, and then injected into the lips. The goal of a lip augmentation with fat transfer is to naturally enhance the volume of the lips by using a patient's own fat.

Anatomy of the Lip

Female lip anatomy infographic

Since the fat from the patient's body, there is no risk of rejection. Because the fat needs to be harvested first, lip augmentation with fat transfer is a two-step procedure that involves liposuction followed by injections.

What cosmetic concerns does a lip augmentation with fat transfer procedure treat?

  1. Lip Size: Autologous fat can enhance lip volume and plumpness through strategic injections.
  2. Lip Shape: Similarly to adjustments to lip size, autologous fat can enhance the symmetry and contour of the upper lip and/or lower lip.

Who is the ideal candidate for a lip augmentation with fat transfer procedure?

The ideal candidate for lip augmentation with fat transfer will have naturally thin lips or an age-related decrease in lip volume. Lip augmentation with fat transfer is not recommended for candidates with infections in or around the mouth, heavy smokers unwilling to quit for a short period or patients who do not have an adequate harvesting site for liposuction.

What is the average recovery associated with a lip augmentation with fat transfer procedure?

Recovery from a lip augmentation with fat grafting requires healing from both the injection site and where the fat was harvested. Healing time will vary based on the extent of the liposuction procedure. Bruising and swelling should be expected to last for fice to 10 days. Most patients are able to go back to work within two days of the procedure and can resume normal activities with one week.

What are the potential side effects of a lip augmentation with fat transfer procedure?

Side effects from lip augmentation with fat transfer may include infection, pain, bruising, asymmetry, prolonged edema, fat necrosis, and fat calcification.

What can someone expect from the results of a lip augmentation with fat transfer procedure?

A lip augmentation with autologen implant will provide immediate results, though the finished product can take three to six months to reveal itself. Over that time, a percentage of the transferred fat is reabsorbed by the body. Once the area settles, results can last anywhere from six to 24 months.

What is the average cost of a lip augmentation with fat transfer procedure?

The cost of a lip augmentation with fat transfer implant ranges from $3,000- to $11,000. The actual cost of the procedure is dependent upon location, plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the surgery. Remember this is a cosmetic surgery (not a reconstructive surgery), and so it will not be covered by insurance.

Pros

more naturalless rejection

Cons

prolonged edemainfectionasymmetryfat necrosiscalcification of fattemporaryinvasive

Invasiveness Score

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Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect


Lip augmentation with fat transfer is a procedure that injects the patient’s own fat tissue into the lips to increase volume. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after lip augmentation with fat transfer.

The Takeaway


A lip augmentation with autologous fat transfer is a lip augmentation procedure performed on those who have undergone fat harvesting. Autologous material is native to the candidate’s body and, therefore, carries no risk of rejection.

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  2. Luthra, A. “Shaping Lips with Fillers.” J Cutan Aesthet Surg. v.8(3); Jul-Sep 2015.; 2015-07-01
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