Full, plump lips are often considered a sign of health and a marker of beauty. Some people find that their thin lips affect their confidence when it comes to their smile. New Orleans cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kamran Khoobehi performs lip augmentation to help patients achieve fuller, defined, and luscious lips. There are two ways to achieve this look, depending on your personal goals and aesthetic desires. These options include injectable fillers, such as Juvederm XC, or a fat transfer method using fat extracted from your body. While the results from both of these procedures look natural and beautiful, they are temporary. Patients who desire a more permanent approach to lip augmentation may consider dermal grafting, which uses the patient's own tissue as an implant, or an actual lip implant. Similar to other facial implants, lip implants come in different sizes and shapes to match the patient’s preferences. There are many options for lip augmentation and we are happy to discuss these during the initial consultation.
Lip Enhancement Options
- AlloDerm: Another alternative to silicone is a tissue matrix that is fabricated using the dermis that is harvested and processed from cadavers. This is rendered acellular and so any rejection is very rare. As this is porous, natural tissues within the lips will be able to integrate through it further enhancing the natural appearance of the augmentation. It is inserted the same way a silicone implant is placed.
- Fat Filler: Also known as fat transfer, fat deposits are harvested from the patient’s own body by means of liposuction. These collected fats are purified and reinstated with tiny syringes into the lips. The doctor will take the extra measure of reinstating the fat tissues, slowly layering the filler to reshape the lips to meet the patient’s aesthetic desires.
- Injectable Filler: This is a popular way to enhance the lips in a nonsurgical manner. Fillers are made from substances that are found naturally within the body such the hyaluronic acid or collagen based solutions. The result is realistic and looks and feels natural. Fillers produce beautiful results, however, they are considered short-term and reinjection is advised every 6 months. Dr. Khoobehi and his associates prefer to use Juvederm Ultra XC for the lips. The treatment process takes just one half hour. Results will be noticeable in as little as 2-3 days and will last 6-9 months.
The surgical technique employed with lip augmentation depends on the type of material used.
For implants, incisions will be made on the outer corner of the mouth and the implant is inserted through a tunnel that the plastic surgeon creates. The scars are concealed as the incisions are made along the natural lip line, and the sutures are so fine that once dissolved, they are unnoticeable.
For injectable fillers, incisions are not necessary. The substance will be injected using a small, fine needle directly into the lips. During this process, the doctor manipulates the shaping of the filler by putting pressure on the lips where it is needed.
Lip Augmentation Reviews
"Dr.Khoobehi gave me everything I wanted AND THEN SOME!!! I even mentioned wanting lip fillers after I healed from everything and he was doing a fat transfer anyway and had extra so he even did my lips for me!"- H.S. / Google / Aug 18, 2021
"Just got lip injections for the first time with Dr. Khoobehi. Process went really smooth, it took maybe 5 minutes to do the injections and the results are beautiful and natural."- M.R. / Facebook / Jun 17, 2021
"i had a wonderful experience at dr. weiss' office. from the start, the staff was so nice and helpful over the phone; and even better in-person. the girls at the front desk are extremely knowledgeable and make you feel welcomed immediately. when i met with dr. weiss, he took the time to listen to my concerns and assess my features. we came up with a plan to focus on areas that bothered me. i appreciated how thorough he was as he explained everything in detail and made me understand why i was experiencing the concerns i had. i was able to have my injections that day and i'm wowed by the instant results! i was nervous, but his nurse is so kind and caring and talked me through the procedure. i still look like myself, but my dark under eye circles aren't as prominent and my cheeks appear lifted! my lips are not "ducky" and it's so much easier to apply and wear lipstick now. i wouldn't trust anyone else with my face!"- B.P. / Healthgrades / Jan 27, 2022
"*** UPDATED PHOTO ALERT *** I am adding photos to this review a little over a year later to state that I am even happier with my results now that I am fully healed! Dr. Khoobehi is literally God-sent. Never been happier and healthier! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!! Dr.Khoobehi gave me everything I wanted AND THEN SOME!!! I even mentioned wanting lip fillers after I healed from everything and he was doing a fat transfer anyway and had extra so he even did my lips for me!"- H.S. / Google / Apr 13, 2022
"Dr Khoobehi is a master artist. After reading a few poor reviews , I had to comment. I was recommended to Dr Khoobehi by a woman who had a facelift , breast augmentation, and lipo from him. She literally looked like 20plus years had been taken off and it looked so natural!!I have been to many other surgeons over the years for Botox, fillers, etc... (with many regrets- lopsided lips , misplaced filler, misplaced Botox with a lazy eye etc... !)I had two different surgeries performed with other doctors , as well and still regret the outcome of one just done two years ago! (Ashamed to say, he was conveniently located for me and I liked his price) Dr Khoobehi is the only doctor I will go to for Botox or filler now (amazing) and I have used him for a handful of procedures. I recently had a tummy tuck etc... done by him with incredible results! He is a drive to get to from me but more than worth it. Dr Khoobehi is in a league of his own with his craft. He will be honest, but professional. He is worth every penny. He is conservative with what he will and can do for the best results. He takes time listening. He will explain his recommendations. Dr. Khoobehi is not the doctor to go to if you are looking for a "fake, artificial" look. He is probably not the doctor for you if you just want someone to tell you what you want to hear.His work is art. I consider Dr Khoobehi a friend since frequenting his office over many years. He is authentic and a true gem in a business of many fakes!"- M.O. / Yelp / May 02, 2022
Lip enhancement using an implant product will generally be performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. It is considered outpatient and the entire process is usually concluded within an hour. Injectable fillers require no anesthesia, however, a local numbing medication is usually used. After the procedure, the lips will be swollen and there may be bruising present. This will go away after a few days and the patient will instantly see results of the treatment. It may take a few more weeks for the best results to show.
Lip augmentation surgery fees can run up to $5,400. Injections average $600 (per syringe of filler). Although injectable fillers are less expensive than a single lip enhancement surgery, reinjection is needed to maintain the desired results. Patients may decide that a more permanent solution is worthwhile and can consider implants to save in the long run.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $600 - $5,400
- Recovery Time
- 3-5 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 30-60 Minutes
- Post-op Follow-up
- Procedure Recovery Location
Lip Augmentation FAQs
Solid Or Liquid Fillers?
It depends. Both solid implants and injectable fillers have their advantages and disadvantages. Patients need to consider the longevity and maintenance of both options. Solid implants are permanent while injectable fillers need reinjection every 6 months. Patients may opt to see the effects a filler will have on the lips first and realize lip augmentation is not for them. The pros and cons of both can be discussed during the initial consultation.
How Real Will It Look?
Technology today is able to design implants that produce great results when it comes to providing a natural look and feel. Optimal results are achieved when implants settle and integrate with the natural tissues of the lips. It is important to find a surgeon who has the necessary skills and experience when it comes to lip enhancement treatment.
Can I Have It Removed?
Yes. Silicone implants are easier to remove than porous implants but both are removable with a secondary surgery. Liquid fillers go away naturally over time as the substance is absorbed by the body, although a minimal fraction may be retained and may take a while before fully absorbed.
Will There Be Scars?
With implants, incisions are placed along the natural lip line and the scar will be barely noticeable. Fillers inserted by injection will not have any scars at all. It is important to take extra care of the surgery wounds according to doctor’s prescriptions to avoid any infections.