Lips Augmentation for Fuller and Plumper Lips

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2022-07-12 05:30 AM | By Tamira Scientific Committee
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Lip augmentation is a common cosmetic procedure done primarily for improving the aesthetics of the lips. Some individuals have thin and less voluminous lips which can make them very conscious about their overall facial appearance. Fuller and copious lips give a mature and sensual look to the person. Many people prefer having these kinds of features and the best way to attain this is to undergo a lip augmentation procedure. Numerous celebrities are known to have undergone lip filler procedures that showcase a staggering difference to the older features they possessed. To a layman, a lip augmentation procedure can be confusing, leaving the person with many doubts.

So what is a lip augmentation procedure? Lip augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that aims at giving the person a plumper lip that appears more sensual. The most common method used is dermal fillers such as hyaluronic acid fillers. Tissue grafting, fat grafting and implants could also be used to achieve fuller lips. Since the year 2000, lip augmentation and the use of lip fillers is just increasingly growing. This procedure is done to correct uneven lips and give an enhanced appearance of being full.

Lip Fillers

Lip fillers are injections that are given in the region of the lips. Most often collagen fillers, hyaluronic fillers are used to increase the volume of the lips. This is an affordable option compared to invasive procedures such as lip surgeries or implants. The recovery time for a lip filler is much lesser than implants. It is advised that the patient must avoid rubbing the lips for at least 48 hours after the procedure. In a period of 3 to 4 weeks, the desired look is achieved. Though not a permanent solution, lip fillers can give results for 6 months to a year.

Lip Implants

Another way of improving the appearance of the lips is by using lip implants. These products are usually made of silicone or saline solutions or polytetrafluroethylene. The implants are placed by making a small incision at the buccal cavity. There will be a very minimal scarring that disappears with time. Lip implants last many years and are considered a permanent lip augmentation procedure.

Lip Grafting

Lip augmentation can also be done by tissue or fat grafting. Tissue or fat from a donor site is transferred to the lip until the desired results are obtained. The incision is made in the buccal cavity and sutured using dissolvable sutures. In fat grafting, the fat can be moved to the syringe by using syringes and incision is not often needed. Both the type of grafting gives the patient a full, plump and symmetrical lips.

Lip augmentation before and after

lip augmentation before and after

Cost of lip augmentation procedures

In India, the cost of lip augmentation procedures depends upon whether both the lips would be treated or not. For lip fillers, the cost would start from INR 15,000. For other procedures such as implants and grafting the cost would be above INR 40k. The exact cost of lip augmentation is dependent on the weather both the upper and lower lips are considered for the procedure. The city, clinic, doctor’s experience, doctor’s charges are the most important factors that determine the exact cost of lip augmentation.

Lip augmentation procedure such as fillers last for close to 18 months. Lip augmentation done using surgical methods such as implants stay much longer and could last for more than 15 years.

Lip surgery

Lip surgeries aim at improving the shape and features of the lips to meet what is desired by the individual. It is either done to augment or reduce the size of the lips or reshape it to make it symmetrical.

Lip Reduction or Cheiloplasty Surgery

Individuals with heavy and bulky lips can reduce the size and improve the shape of the lips with the help of lip reduction surgery. Hanging and asymmetrical lips can pull down the features of the face and make the person appear dull and older. With the procedure, the individual can get the kind of lips that would enhance his facial features and reduce discomfort. Lip reduction surgeries can be done just for the upper or lower lip or for both. The procedure often takes close to one hour or 90 minutes and is done under the administration of local anesthesia. The cost of a lip reduction procedure in India would be above INR 40k. Unlike fillers used to augment lips, the lip reduction surgery is a permanent solution. Once lip reduction is done, it cannot be reversed. The surgery is performed by removing a thin strip of tissue from the lips to reduce its size. In 3 to 6 months’ period the patient would be able to recover completely and see the results of the surgery. Since this is an invasive procedure, there will be swelling, redness and pain immediately after treatment and would subside in three weeks’ time. Lip reduction surgery in India is widely known and is seen as one of the best destinations to get this procedure done. Medical tourism to India for lip reduction has increased since 2010s and people travel from UK, US, Southeast Asia, Africa and Arab countries to get the procedure done.

Lip reduction surgery before and after

lip reduction surgery before and after

Many cosmetic and plastic surgery centers in Chennai perform lip reduction procedures. It is very important to get treated by a qualified and board certified surgeon to prevent any risks or complications.  Since this is an invasive procedure, there can be chances of infection, bleeding and numbness. Treatment by a qualified surgeon can help in reducing these risks and aid faster recovery.

Patients must follow good care after a lip surgery, some of the important ones are:

  • Avoid strenuous exercise (swimming, gym and others) and work.
  • Take enough rest for the first 7 to 14 days after the treatment.
  • Nutritious food and plenty of water must be taken
  • Smoking and alcohol should be avoided for 3 weeks
  • Patients can take ice compress to reduce the pain and swelling
  • Medicines prescribed by the doctor must be taken without fail to help healing
  • Avoid makeup for 2 to 3 weeks after the surgery
  • The patient must lie down in an elevated position to reduce the swelling of the lips

After a lip surgery, all patients might have a down time of 7 to 14 days and must avoid driving and strenuous activities. Once the patient starts to feel better and medications are stopped, he/she can resume normal activities like before.

Frequently Asked Questions:


  1. How much does lip augmentation cost?

Lip augmentation procedures in India costs INR 15,000 and upwards.

  1. Is lip augmentation permanent?

Lip augmentation done with the use of fillers are a temporary or semi-permanent solution which lasts for upto 18 months or less. Some fillers or grafting solutions could last for a period of 5 years. Lip implants are a permanent solution that can last much longer, for more than 10 years or so.

  1. How long does lip augmentation last?

Lip Implants last for a long time and are considered a permanent solution to lip augmentation. While other forms, such as fillers last only for a few years.

  1. What is used for lip augmentation?

Hyaluronic acid is the most commonly used lip filler since it is a safer option to other types of fillers. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance produced by the body. The fillers and supplements of this acid makes the skin more hydrated and removes fine lines while also being able to give the lip a fuller and plumper appearance.

  1. How can I make my lips fuller?

Lips can be made fuller by regular exfoliation, massage using a moisturizer, lip makeup that increases the volume of the lips and cosmetic treatment such as fillers and implants would give a permanent fuller lip.

  1. What is a lip job called?

Lip jobs are referred to as lip augmentation or lip reduction. Lip augmentation aims at making the lips fuller with the help of fillers and implants.

  1. How much does lip surgery cost?

Lip augmentation procedures such as fillers cost INR 15k and above. Lip reduction surgeries cost around INR 40k and upwards.

  1. What is lip surgery called?

Lip surgery is often referred as lip augmentation, lip reduction or lip lift depending on the end result that the procedure aims. Lip augmentation aims at providing a full and plump lip. While lip reduction aims at reducing the size of the lips and making it symmetrical. Lip lift is a surgical procedure that lifts the top of the lip to reduce the space between the nose and the lips.

  1. Can lips be reshaped?

Lip reshaping is a surgical cosmetic procedure that works on lifting and making the lips symmetrical while also working on removing fine lines and sagging of the lips. As a person ages the lips tend to elongate and loose the shape and volume, lip reshaping techniques would help in fixing these.

  1. What surgery makes your lips bigger?

Lip augmentation procedures make the lips bigger and fuller. The lips are given fillers or implants to make them appear big.

  1. How long does lip surgery take?

Lip augmentation procedures such as fillers can take about 30 minutes to one hour. Lip reduction procedures. Lip augmentation or reduction surgery can take about 90 minutes for completion.

  1. Does a lip lift leave a scar?

Lip lift procedures does not leave a visible scar. The scars are often not noticeable and does not impact the person’s face.

  1. What is lip flipping?

Lip flipping is a cosmetic procedure of lifting and rejuvenating the upper lip using botox injections. Lip flipping is a more affordable procedure than fillers or implants.

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