What Is the Difference Between Lip Implants and Lip Fillers?

Having fuller-looking lips is all the rage today. Both men and women with thin lips crave fuller, voluptuous lips. Lip enhancement with either lip implants or lip fillers is a quick same-day procedure with satisfactory results and speedy recovery time. Having a deeper understanding of each procedure w ill help you select the procedure that is right for you.

Before and After Lips

What Are Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers are injectables that shape and give the lips a plumper look instantly. They are a commonly preferred procedure and enhance natural beauty by restoring volume to facial features. The filler (a gel-like liquid) is injected directly to the lips on specific areas that need plumping.


The amount and type of filler used depends on your cosmetic needs. Typically, a syringe or two is enough to give the desired fullness. The most commonly used substance in lip fillers is hyaluronic acid. It’s a naturally occurring compound in the skin that attracts hydration and promotes the production of collagen.


A doctor will check your facial composition and asymmetry then advise on the type and amount of filler to use. The process takes a maximum of 20 mins and can be carried out in the doctor’s consultation room. Local anesthesia can be applied to numb the lips. Patients experience little to no downtime and can resume their normal routine almost immediately.


Since the results are not permanent (usually lasts 12 to 18 months), treatment must be repeated periodically to maintain results.


What Are Lip Implants?

The use of lip implants is a more permanent option. The process is carried out surgically by a qualified surgeon. Usually, a lip-shaped form-stable silicone implant is inserted into the lips below the lip fat and above the lip muscles. The procedure takes between 60 to 90 minutes.


You may need from one to two weeks of recovery time. The procedure produces dramatic results that usually last for years. In most cases, you will never need to go through another lip implant procedure. Typically, lip implants have a higher upfront cost compared to lip fillers.


Are Lip Implants or Lip Fillers Better for You?

Whether you are considering having lip fillers or lip implants, your choice will primarily be dependent on your unique attributes and specific goals. During your initial consultation, your surgeon will discuss your options and carefully evaluate your facial features to determine the best course of action.


Interested in Learning More?

For beautiful, natural-looking results, make sure you work with a provider with immense skill and experience. Dr. Corbin is a board-certified plastic surgeon who can help make your wishes of attaining fuller and plumper lips a reality. Contact us or fill our online form to schedule your consultation.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.