Lip Augmentation


Lip augmentation refers to improving the visual plumpness or fullness of the lips. When considering lip augmentation, it’s important to know that there is no technique that is totally permanent, though there are some procedures that last longer than most.


For a minimally invasive lip augmentation, facial aesthetic fillers such as Juvéderm® are a great option. Results last anywhere from 4-9 months.



A surgical option is to use your own tissue. It is a procedure that transplants dermis, fascia and/or fat to the lips. Dr. Nitta prefers using a dermal fat graft for larger augmentations. Approximately 70% of the graft becomes incorporated into the lip, making it a more permanent solution. Fat injections can also be used, with a 50% incorporation rate. The grafts will eventually shrink with time. The lips lose fat before other areas of the face, so fat loss is to be expected with time and aging.

Note: Dr. Nitta does not place any type of artificial grafts such as Gortex or Soft Form into the lips. The lip is a mobile muscle, which is constantly changing. Anything artificial may become hard. When the lips lose fat or scar poorly, these grafts may become hard, immobile, and visibly unattractive.

Dr. Nitta is not only Board-Certified in Plastic Surgery, she also is Board-Certified in Otolaryngology/ Head and Neck surgery, providing her with the additional expertise and experience to provide a great healing experience and beautiful results.

For more information about having a facelift in Newport Beach, call our office at (949) 722-6644 to schedule a consultation with Double-Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Katharine C. Nitta today!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is lip augmentation?

Lip augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that enhances the size and shape of the lips using injectable fillers or surgical implants.

Who is a good candidate for lip augmentation?

Ideal candidates for lip augmentation are individuals in good overall health who are looking to enhance the volume, shape, or symmetry of their lips.

How long does it take to recover from lip augmentation?

The recovery period is generally minimal, with most patients able to return to normal activities within a day or two. It’s essential to follow Dr. Nitta’s post-treatment care instructions for optimal results.

How Do I Schedule an Appointment for Lip Augmentation?

To schedule a consultation for lip augmentation, you can call Dr. Katharine Nitta, a renowned plastic surgeon in Orange County, by calling (949)722-6644 or by filling out the “Request A Consultation” form on the website.

Where Can I Get Lip Augmentation near Orange County?

Dr. Katharine Nitta offers lip augmentation procedures in Orange County. Her expertise ensures that you’ll receive the best possible care and results.

Is Dr. Katharine Nitta's clinic easily accessible from Newport Beach?

Yes, Dr. Nitta’s clinic is conveniently located in Orange County, making it easily accessible for residents of Newport Beach and the surrounding areas.

Is lip augmentation covered by insurance?

Lip augmentation is generally considered a cosmetic procedure and is not typically covered by insurance. Consult your insurance provider for specific details.

What are the payment options for lip augmentation?

Various payment options are available, including credit cards and financing plans, to make the procedure more affordable.

What can I expect after undergoing lip augmentation?

After the procedure, you may experience some swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort. Dr. Nitta will provide specific post-treatment care instructions to ensure a smooth recovery.

When can I resume exercise after lip augmentation?

It’s generally recommended to wait at least 24-48 hours before resuming light exercise, and longer for more strenuous activities. Dr. Nitta will provide personalized guidance based on your recovery.

Can lip augmentation be combined with other procedures?

Yes, lip augmentation is often combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures like facelifts or rhinoplasty to achieve a more comprehensive transformation.

How long do the results of lip augmentation last?

The longevity of the results can vary depending on the type of filler or implant used. Injectable fillers typically last 6-12 months, while surgical implants can offer more permanent results.