About this procedure
Full and shapely lips can provide a look of health and youthfulness. Extremely thin lips, especially ones with lip lines or wrinkling, may cause a person to appear stern, severe, or even old.
The lack of lip fullness is usually an inherited trait. However, trauma, tumors, and congenital defects can also cause localized lip deficiencies. Age can also play a role in lip atrophy, lip lines, and wrinkles.
There are a number of soft tissue augmentation procedures designed to provide people with the plumper lip they want. The best and most lasting results are achieved by using the patient’s own tissues.
In the past, local flaps from the inside of the lips were advanced to give the lips a fuller appearance. More recently, a wide variety of products have been promoted, including cadaveric, or non-living tissue, synthetic implants, and injectable fillers. These various lip plumpers vary in longevity.
Injectable fillers are convenient, but they are not permanent, and may be more expensive over a long period of time. Though less convenient, surgically harvested tissue from the patient themselves will provide a better, and longer-lasting result.
The lips are largely composed of voluntary muscle. The grafting of a patient’s own fat or muscle within various tissue planes of the lips has proven to be quite successful. This allows for not only an aesthetically pleasing result, but also a functional one, and the fact that it is living tissue provides for a lasting result.
Dr. Grant A. Fairbanks’s top goal is to create a pleasing, natural look for his patients. He doesn’t want patients to look like they’ve had surgery, and take every measure to ensure our results exceed our patient’s expectations.