Lip augmentation procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and can usually be done in your doctor’s office in less than an hour. Anesthesia may or may not be used for this procedure, depending on how the procedure is performed. Injections may only require a topical anesthetic, while implants usually require a local or general anesthesia. An allergy test may be needed if synthetic materials are being used to ensure that the patient is not allergic to the material.
Once anesthesia is applied and the risk of allergies is eliminated, the filler is injected directly into the lips through a minimally invasive procedure that takes just a few minutes to perform. Proper placement is important in order to achieve optimal results.
For lip implants, the synthetic implants are inserted into the lips through tiny incisions at the corners of the lips. The most commonly used implants include Gore-Tex, SoftForm and AlloDerm. Once inserted, your doctor will close the incisions with stitches, and the implants will remain in place with permanent results.