Lip augmentation plastic surgery aims to restore a fuller and plumper feel to your lips. This procedure may be completed via surgery for a long-lasting outcome or using non-surgical methods (dermal fillers) for a temporary solution.

Houston, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Balinger offers lip augmentation procedures to patients in Houston, Conroe, and surrounding Texas areas. The surgeon understands that your best self is connected to your self-confidence.

Working with a team of experienced clinicians, Dr. Christopher goes out of his way to make sure that each patient is comfortable, safe, and happy with their procedure outcome. The surgeon makes use of state of the art equipment and advanced surgical methods to achieve the best result while minimizing the risk of side effects such as scarring.

Can lip augmentation help me?

Lip augmentation – also referred to as lip enhancement – is a cosmetic treatment that increases the fullness of your lips through implants or lip injections. You may be an ideal candidate for this procedure if:

  • You are in good physical and emotional health
  • You have thin or asymmetrical lips 
  • You have wrinkles around the lips 
  • You wish to address lips that are flat or cosmetically unappealing 
  • You have a positive outlook and realistic expectations about the outcome of this procedure

Patients have different goals and motivations, and there really is no right or wrong age to have lip augmentation. Someone in their 20s may feel that they desire fuller lips and a better facial balance. Similarly, an older person may receive lip enhancement in order to address a blurry lip line, volume loss, or wrinkles around the mouth. When you visit Dr. Balinger for your Houston lip augmentation consultation, the surgeon will listen to you and examine your lips before recommending the best course of action.

Types of Lip Augmentation

Dr. Balinger offers several types of lip enhancement procedures to suit the needs of different patients.


This is a surgical option that also happens to be a popular choice for patients with thin lips. Small incisions are placed in the corners of the mouth to create a thin tunnel, where an implant is inserted and trimmed to the proper length. Lip implants are usually made from silicone or other sterile rubber-like materials. Many plastic surgeons use AlloDerm and GORE-TEX. Once the desired changes have been made, the incision will be closed and the treatment area covered. Lip augmentation with implants results in a full, plump look and requires about 10 days of recovery.

Fat Transfer

Lip augmentation may also be completed through a process known as fat grafting (fat transfer). In this type of procedure, excess fat will be removed from other parts of the body such as the thighs and abdomen, and then used to augment the lips. Since fat from the patient’s own body is used, there is no risk of allergic reactions. This type of surgical lip augmentation is a great option for patients who are looking to enhance their lips as well as get rid of unwanted fat from other parts of their body.

Lip Fillers

For patients who are looking to enhance the appearance of their lips but without undergoing cosmetic surgery, plastic surgeons use lip fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane. These are FDA-approved lip fillers that help improve the fullness and smoothness of your lips. Nonsurgical lip augmentation using lip fillers usually results in immediate results that can last as long as six months. You will need another treatment to maintain your results after this duration.

Dr. Christopher Balinger is uniquely positioned to recommend the best type of lip augmentation procedure for you. The surgeon will be happy to highlight the pros and cons of each method, as well as discuss its suitability for you.

Your Initial Lip Augmentation Consultation

During your first lip augmentation Houston TX consultation, Dr. Balinger will ask questions and examine the patient’s lips before moving forward to the next step. This initial consultation – which is offered free of charge at Dr. Balinger’s office – is an opportunity to learn more about what this treatment entails, and what you can expect from the procedure.

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Prepare for Your Lip Augmentation Surgery in Houston TX

Once Dr. Balinger creates a customized treatment plan for you, the surgeon will let you know how to prepare for the lip augmentation surgery. You will be asked to stop taking some medication and herbal supplements that can increase your risk of bleeding. Smoking is also forbidden in the weeks before the surgery because it can increase the risk of complications and impair healing. The surgeon will let you know what to do on the night before the surgery, and what supplies you need to have in place for a smooth recovery.

Your Surgical Experience

Lip augmentation is an outpatient procedure that is performed at Dr. Balinger’s in-office operating room or an accredited surgical facility. The surgeon will assess your lips and overall facial balance, then take pictures to determine symmetry and shape. Dr. Balinger will then determine what areas need to be fuller. The surgeon’s anesthesiologist will then numb the patient to ensure their comfort and safety throughout the procedure. Once the treatment is completed – in line with the selected surgical method – you will be allowed to go home almost immediately. Dr. Balinger’s team members are passionate about what they do and go out of their way to ensure an excellent patient experience.

Recovery After Lip Augmentation

How long it takes to recover after a lip augmentation depends on the type of procedure that you had. If you had lip augmentation surgery, you will need to take it easy. Bruising and swelling are common but tend to dissipate on their own with time. Dr. Balinger recommends that you apply ice packs on a regular basis at least during the first 24 – 48 hours. You will also be provided with anti-inflammatory products to minimize swelling. Make sure to strictly follow the surgeon’s aftercare instructions in order to ensure a speedy recovery after lip enhancement surgery. Recovery after nonsurgical lip augmentation (using lip fillers) requires almost no downtime. You will be able to get back to your daily routine within hours. Dr. Balinger’s office will be available to provide the support you need during your lip augmentation recovery. 

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Plan Your Procedure in Houston TX

The cost of lip augmentation depends on the type of procedure you had. Health insurers typically do not pay for lip augmentation because it is considered to be an elective cosmetic procedure. During your consultation visit with Dr. Balinger, the surgeon will provide more info and generate a cost estimate based on a personalized treatment plan developed for you. The surgeon offers financing options for his patients in Houston, Conroe, and surrounding TX areas.

Meet the Surgeon

Christopher Balinger, MD, brings keen professionalism to the operating table. With each patient, the surgeon creates a highly customized plan to achieve the desired procedure outcome while working to eliminate or minimize the risk of scarring and other side effects. Dr. Balinger is uniquely skilled to perform lip augmentation and a host of other cosmetic procedures. He works with a team of highly qualified support staff who are committed to the safety and well being of their patients. If you are looking for the best plastic surgeon in Houston for lip augmentation, get in touch with Dr. Balinger’s office today.

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Average Cost

Varies according the the procedure

Procedure Time

Same Day

Recovery Time

A couple of days


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Lip enhancement is a popular procedure for men and women who have thin lips, vertical lip lines, and other issues that make them feel self-conscious and less attractive. Dr. Balinger offers lip augmentation for men and women in Houston, Conroe, and the surrounding areas of Texas.


What is a lip augmentation?

Lip augmentation is a procedure that adds volume to the lips, and it may be used to soften vertical lip lines and correct asymmetry. Lip augmentation can be performed with silicone implants or dermal fillers. Full lips balance out your features and draw attention to your smile and eyes. Lip enhancement is often believed to be beneficial for women only, but Dr. Balinger recommends the procedure to men, as well.

How much does lip augmentation cost?

The cost is based upon the type of lip enhancement that you choose during the consultation with Dr. Balinger. We offer free initial consultations at our offices in Houston and Conroe, as well as financing options for our patients.

What are the benefits of lip augmentation?

  • Dermal fillers can be used to add any amount of volume to sculpt the lips
  • Facial fillers soften vertical lip lines
  • Silicone implants are long-term solutions for thin lips
  • Dermal fillers can be used to try out a new lip shape and size before getting silicone implants

How is lip augmentation performed?

For silicone lip implants, Dr. Balinger makes an incision inside the lip or along the outer lip line. The implant is inserted through the incision and positioned to produce the desired look. For lip augmentation with facial fillers, Dr. Balinger carefully sculpts and shapes your lips by making several injections.

What is recovery like after lip augmentation?

Lip augmentation with dermal fillers requires no downtime. You may notice some swelling and tenderness at each injection site. If silicone implants are used for your lip enhancement, expect to have swelling, tenderness, and bruising for the first week or longer.

How long will lip augmentation results last?

Lip augmentation with dermal fillers lasts for several months or longer, depending on which fillers are used for the procedure. Lip implants are permanent, yet you can have them removed or replaced.

Sagging, severe wrinkles, and facial folds can be corrected with a mini or full facelift. Dr. Christopher Balinger offers facelift surgery for men and women in Houston, Conroe, and the nearby communities in Texas. Contact us today to schedule a free facelift consultation at our office in Houston or our office in Conroe.

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