Which is Better for Lip Augmentation: Fillers or Fat Injections?

June 13th, 2016 / Back to Blog »

lip-augmentationChances are you may have seen pictures of lip augmentations gone wrong on television or in the tabloids. While it’s true that these things can happen, all the negative press surrounding these mishaps has served to sully public perception of what can actually be a very positive cosmetic treatment. In truth, the entire look and balance of your face can be enhanced by a well-performed lip augmentation.

Consider Your Options

With lip enhancements, there are a few different paths to reach your desired end. Let’s have a look at the two most popular ones:

Injectable Fillers: the use of fillers like Restylane and Juvederm is preferred by many for the sheer simplicity of the procedure. In just half an hour under local anesthesia, you can have artfully placed volume enhancements with minimal recovery time. The only downside to this method is that the injections must be repeated every 6-9 months in order to maintain your results. Fillers are good for “detail” work and can serve to highlight fine details of natural lip anatomy.

Fat Injections: the use of fat injections, by contrast to fillers, yields a much more permanent increase in lip volume and is believed by some to provide a more natural look and feel. Using fat harvested from other areas of your body, you receive the same expert placement of volume to accentuate your lips, however, this method requires a slightly longer procedure – about 1 hour – under IV sedation and local anesthesia and a longer recovery period. Fat is good if the lips lack overall volume, but can be a little problematic when it comes to adding fine detail to the lips.

One Size Doesn’t Fit All

In the end, the lip augmentation method that’s best for you comes down to two things: our assessment of your unique anatomy, and your own personal preference. If you feel you could benefit from a lip enhancement, call Knoxville experts Dr. Jason Hall and Brooke Nix, PA-C for a consultation today. We will take the time to understand your specific goals and create a treatment plan that’s just right for you.

Have questions about lip augmentation? Knoxville expert Dr. Jason Hall and his knowledgeable staff are here to help. Call us at 865.973.9500 for your consultation today.