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Fat Grafting for Lips

Just like other facial features, our lips lose their volume and contour over time. Aging diminishes the full and luscious appearance of the lips and causes surrounding wrinkles to form as lips shrink and turn downward. Fat grafting is an excellent lip augmentation treatment for those who want a more permanent and natural correction to their thin and deflated lips. By harvesting and transferring fat deposits from your stomach, hips, or thighs, your lips can be restored to their most youthful and sensual state. While fillers provide temporary enhancement, fat grafting delivers more sustainable results that last for years in most cases.

The Most Natural Lip Filler In Cosmetic Surgery

Fat grafting involves removing unwanted fat from other areas of the body using liposuction. The fat is then purified by Dr. Spence before it is strategically and precisely injected into targeted areas of the lips. This dermal fat graft works to highlight the lip border and add fullness to the lips. Since this procedure uses a patient’s own tissues, it is a natural lip filler alternative that produces beautiful, long-term results. Patients can avoid the risk of synthetic fillers or other foreign implants, which is a considerable advantage for many.

Fat grafting is an outpatient procedure that is generally performed under local anesthesia. Depending on the severity of your concerns, multiple fat grafting sessions may be needed to achieve ideal results. Wrinkles above the lip line can be addressed with stages of fat grafting, with the first session achieving volume and the second treatment addressing lip contour. As with any procedure at Forever Faces Plastic Surgery, your cosmetic treatment plan is solely driven by your individual needs and unique goals.

If you want to augment and plump your lips while slimming your body, consider fat grafting for lips from Dr. Kenrick Spence in Raleigh. He has a keen eye for artistry and precision when it comes to sculpting beautiful lips. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for yourself or a family member.

Fat Grafting to the Lips FAQ

Can I have fat grafting to the lips under local anesthesia?
Yes. Fat grafting to the lips can be done under local anesthesia. This is done with the aid of nerve block to numb the lips to avoid distortions to the lips. Tumescent solution dilute local anesthesia is used to help in harvesting the fat which can be taken from the abdomen, flanks, or other areas of unwanted fat.

Can I have fat grafting to the lips and return to work the next day?
Unlikely though less intense then surgery that involves incisions. There is more swelling to the lips with fat grafting than with the use of fillers, and this swelling typically lasts longer. Dr. Spence typically advises patients to do the procedure towards the end of the week so they can have the benefit of the weekend to allow swelling to go down. It is important to be upfront with the patients so they can properly prepare their schedules.

Is there a limit to how much fat can be placed in my lips?
Yes. Though there is no physical limit, there is an aesthetic limit. Over filling the lips with any filler distorts the lips architecture and diminishes the benefits of the lips.

Will I get the result I like with one session of fat grafting?
Unlikely - While fat is a much more perfect natural end after filler it takes most patients 2-3 sessions of micro-fat grafting to achieve their result. Some fat will be absorbed with each session. Excessive over grafting of fat is not advisable.

Why should I get fat grafting vs. fillers?
Fat grafting lasts significantly longer than fillers and it produces a fuller softer lip, diminishing that age appearance of thinned atrophic lips. It is a long lasting natural look.

How long between sessions for fat grafting to the lips at Forever Faces Plastic Surgery?
Typically Dr. Spence waits 12 weeks in between fat grafting sessions.

What can be done about the swelling from fat grafting?
At Forever Faces Plastic Surgery, patients are advised to use cool compresses throughout the night and around the clock for the first 48 hours along with the use of anti-bruising agents such as Arnica cream to shorten the recovery period.