Lip Implants

Latest update: April 19, 2024
Medically reviewed by: Jordan Frey MD


Injectable lip fillers are one way to plump and augment the lips. Lip implants are another option for patients looking for more permanent and longer-lasting results. This cosmetic procedure can enlarge the lips using implants made of silicone or expanded polytetrafluoroethylene.

One example of a silicone implant that is popularly used is PermaLip. This material can be customized to each lip and even removed if required. Expanded polytetrafluoroethylene is much softer than silicone. This helps to make the lips look more aesthetically natural.

Ideal candidates for a lip implant have fairly symmetrical lips and adequate tissues to cover the implant from within.

A typical lip implant procedure lasts 30 minutes and is usually done in a clinic. The surgeon will first clean the area and administer a local anesthetic for a more comfortable experience. They make an incision in one corner of the mouth and create a pocket using a special clamp. As they expand the clamp, they pull the implant through. After positioning the material, they remove the clamp and close the site with sutures.

Patients should not over-exert their mouth area for the next 1-2 weeks as it could complicate the healing process. The implant takes a couple of weeks to fuse together with the tissues. Patients may experience some swelling and bruising, which they can ease by icing or elevating the head. If the pain worsens, they can take pain medication to relieve the symptoms.

Like most surgical procedures, lip implants also come with some risks. These can include infections, bleeding and allergic reactions, but these are rare.

Alternative options for lip augmentation include tissue grafting or fat transfer.
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Lip Implants

Dr. Matthew Schulman, a plastic surgeon in New York, explains the options that can be used to achieve larger fuller lips. He focuses on fillers and talks at large about permanent fillers; lip implants. He discusses the implantation procedure and talks about the implants themselves. What option will Dr. Schulman recommend?