I love doing fat grafts.Buttocks, thighs, breasts, scars, cheeks, temples, you name it. I have even done fat grafts on feet! But there is something about the lips... I just don't have consistent results with fat grafts on the lips. Perhaps it is because the lips move almost constantly and the fat micrografts are never stable enough for blood vessels to grow into them. It is always worth a try because you get some take, but it is the only case of fat grafting where I tell people they may need a second injection.
How Long Does Fat Transfer for Lip Ehancement Last?
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Fat transfer to lips
Fat should stay permanently after the initial resorption. Best of luck. Dr. Michael Omidi
An in-person exam with a board-certified plastic surgeon is the best way to assess your needs and provide true medical advice.
Fat Transfer to lips yields long-lasting enhancement
Although no study has conclusively answered this question, it appears that autologous fat transfer (from your own body) yields long lasting lip augmentation, and 4-5 years of enhancement is not unusual. There is a good chance that a small percentage (perhaps 15-20%) might actually survive permanently.
Fat is certainly longer lasting than any hyaluronic acid product (eg. Juvederm) and safer than more permanent injectable products that should never be injected into the lips (eg. Radiesse, Silicone). It also feels completely normal and when performed correctly is devoid of any lumps or bumps. Fat yields great results.
Even so, I first suggest an in-office lip augmentation with Restylane to my patients before jumping to fat. I want to make sure that they like the appearance and feel of their lips with more volume. Then, only if they like their enhanced lips, do we proceed with fat transfer about 8-10 months later (after the Restylane is gone).
Other lip procedures include the lip lift and the permanent lip implant, so make sure you talk with your doctor about ALL your options for lip enhancement and decide which is best for you!
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