lip augmentation houston

The lips play an important role in balancing a person’s facial features. But factors like age and genetics can cause a person’s lips to look out of sync. They can appear too thin, with a noticeable lack of volume, causing them to become the subject of unwanted attention. The imbalance of the lips may also inhibit certain activities like speaking and eating. Worse, they can significantly affect a person’s self-confidence and self-esteem.

Lip augmentation is a cosmetic surgical procedure that helps create harmony between a person’s facial features. There are several different methods to approach lip augmentation, but each has the same goal: to enhance or alter thin lips to give them added texture, shape, and volume.

Patients who undergo lip augmentation in Houston experience a number of benefits, such as:

  • Revitalized thin lips with a more youthful appearance
  • Reduced fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth
  • Restored drooping corners of the mouth
  • Repaired damage or defects caused by injury or genetics

Our team of facial plastic surgeons at Memorial Plastic Surgery, led by Dr. Tyler McElwee, are qualified specialists who perform hundreds of lip augmentations each year. We use a variety of minimally invasive techniques that do not require significant downtime.

We take the time to understand each patient’s individual goals and desires carefully, using this as a basis for developing the best treatment plan for them. The long-lasting results we deliver have helped patients of different ages experience renewed confidence.


The ideal candidate for lip augmentation is any person who wants to plump up thin lips or achieve a fuller appearance in and around the mouth. Individuals at least 18 years old may undergo this procedure. And if they suffer from uneven or overly thin lips, they can significantly improve their shape and volume through lip augmentation.

The procedure also helps achieve the following goals:

  • More rounded and curved lips
  • A younger appearance of the lips, mouth, and surrounding areas
  • The symmetry of the lips

As with any surgical procedure, candidates for lip augmentation should be in good overall health, with no pre-existing medical conditions that could be affected by the procedure; they should not smoke and have realistic expectations of the procedure’s outcome.


Lip augmentation is an individualized procedure. The custom treatment plan for each patient is determined after an initial consultation with one of our surgeons.

During the consultation, our doctors will examine your lips, determine which areas need to be made fuller, explain your treatment options, and make a recommendation based on your goals. Our surgeons will also suggest alternative or complementary procedures to help you achieve optimal results. Multiple sessions may be required to achieve the desired results.

Surgical lip augmentations take between 30 minutes and 1 hour, while non-surgical techniques require only 15 to 30 minutes.

Incisions or injection sites are marked with a surgical pen, depending on the type of procedure you will be getting. Then, you will receive a local anesthetic with sedation to numb any pain. The appropriate incisions are then made in the operating room. The lip implants are inserted through the side of the lips and along a tunnel created by the surgeon.


We offer three lip enhancement options for our patients, whether they’re looking for semi-permanent or more natural results.

Perma Facial Implants

Perma Facial Implants are made of soft, firm silicone elastomer and have a smooth, non-porous surface protecting them from cracking or leaking. During lip augmentation, the implants are inserted into the lips through small incisions at the corners of the mouth.

These are semi-permanent implants; their results last up to ten years or more. To ensure that they meet the goals of each patient, these implants also come in different sizes.

Lip fillers are a non-surgical option for lip augmentation offered at The Memorial Spa. These procedures involve injecting fillers into the upper and lower lip. Products such as Juvederm, Restylane, Voluma, and Perlane can be used to fill in the lips. They effectively correct the appearance of wrinkles and fill thin lips with a shorter procedure and recovery time. The results of dermal fillers are visible immediately and last for at least a year.

An alternative procedure to artificial fillers and lip implants is the use of a patient’s tissue for lip augmentation. In fat transfer lip augmentation, fat cells are taken from another area of the body through liposuction and then injected into the lips. No incisions are required for this procedure.

The results of fat injections can last for years and are often the preferred option for patients who want a more natural result, although they are more subtle than if implants are used.


The final cost of lip augmentation in Houston will depend on several factors:

  • The lip augmentation technique that will be used
  • The cost of the operating room
  • Anesthesia fees
  • The number of procedures required to achieve the best result
  • Surgeon’s fees, which vary from one doctor to another

A more accurate estimate will be provided after the initial consultation with our surgeons, where the treatment plan for each patient will be determined.

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All lip augmentation surgeries are outpatient procedures. Surgical results generally last 10 – 15 years. Filler results can last between 1 – 2 years before a follow-up treatment is required to maintain results. Below is an estimated recovery timeline:

Application of cold compress 24 hours
Swelling and numbness 1 – 2 days
Diet of soft food and soup 1 week
Work 24 hours
Make-up use 1 week
Light activities (chores, mild exercises, etc.)  1 – 2 weeks


What is lip augmentation treatment?

Lip augmentation refers to a series of procedures that can make a patient’s lips look bigger and plumper. Surgical and non-surgical treatments are used to improve lip shape and fullness, whether through the use of fillers, implants, or fat to enlarge the lips.

Lip augmentation effectively enhances the appearance of the lips through different types of surgical and non-surgical procedures that patients can choose from depending on their specific goals.

For first-time patients interested in lip augmentation, it is essential to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience in various techniques involved in the procedure. During your consultation, a treatment plan will be developed based on the results you desire.

Lip fillers can produce very natural results that simply enhance what is already there, but the results are not always permanent. On the other hand, implants provide semi-permanent results that may need more downtime before they settle in.

Lip reduction surgery is a procedure that minimizes the size of the lips. It can be done to the upper, lower, or both lips. Lip reduction alters the posture of the lips by removing some of the excess tissue that makes up their volume, reducing any protruding appearance. It differs from lip augmentation, which enhances the lips by adding more volume.

It usually only takes a day or two for the swelling to go down after lip augmentation. After your procedure at our clinic, our surgeons will provide a set of post-operative care instructions to ensure that your recovery goes smoothly and that swelling is kept to a minimum while you recover at home.

Inflammation is a common side effect of lip injections, but it should subside after two days and be completely gone in 1 to 2 weeks. It is important to monitor the inflamed area to ensure it is not an infection but just a natural result caused by the number of lip fillers used in the area.

Depending on how well you recovered after the first procedure, you may have additional fillers injected into your lips. Usually, there are no complications other than minor bruising. Our surgeons set a schedule for some patients to have additional fillers injected to achieve the desired result.

The swelling, which often occurs after lip augmentation through dermal fillers, may make the lips appear uneven for a short time. This does not necessarily mean that something has gone wrong; it may simply take some time for the product to settle and the swelling to subside after a few days.

Postoperative care after lip augmentation includes icing the areas around the lips to reduce inflammation. Applying ice in increments of ten minutes helps control swelling.

Lip augmentation refers to the surgical procedure in which a silicone implant is inserted into the lips through an incision on one or both sides of the mouth. This procedure can also be done through lip fillers instead of an implant. These dermal fillers are injectables; they are less invasive than implants but do not offer the same long-term results as surgery would. Which procedure you choose to undergo depends mainly on the outcome you want to achieve as well as the recommendation of our surgeons.

Juvederm is the longest-lasting lip filler and lasts up to a year. However, with proper skin care and good overall body health, you can maintain treatment results for a year or even longer regardless of the filler you use. Our surgeons are experts at finding the right filler for your goals.

*The content and images on this page are provided with the sole intention of educating potential patients on the procedure discussed above. Results vary per individual and are dependent on our doctor’s consultation prior to the procedure. We strongly recommend undergoing a formal consultation with a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon prior to scheduling and undergoing any surgical or non-surgical treatment.