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Lip Enhancement

When you smile you reveal one of the most gorgeous qualities of your personality and no we are not talking about your looks, we are talking about your warmth and ability to spread joy. A smile is the best way to spread some sunshine in everyone else’s lives. 

But what if your lips are too small, or too flat then would your smile still look that gorgeous? What if your lips are sagging due to age and this doesn’t allow you to smile fully? 

Nobody wants their smile to be hidden due to smaller, flatter or droopy lips. Now there is a solution in sight for this problem. It is a simple minimally invasive cosmetic procedure called Lip Augmentation. Dr Santosh Bhatia, a Board-certified Plastic Surgeon and the Director of Vanity Cosmetic Clinic performs Lip Augmentation safely and effectively at his Mumbai clinic. 

This page covers all the details about Lip Augmentation/Lip Enhancement procedures. It will give you an in-depth understanding of the procedure, risks, recovery and possibilities. 


Lip Enhancement Information Capsule

Synopsis of the surgery Lip Enhancement is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that can be performed using different techniques to give fuller, plump lips.
Length of process 30-40 mins(may vary depending on the technique)
Anaesthesia Local anaesthesia with intravenous sedation (depending on the technique)
Recovery 2 days to recover and rest 1 week for the swelling to subside completely
Alternative name Lip Augmentation, Lip fillers, Lip lift etc.

What Is

Lip Augmentation/Lip Enhancement Surgery?

Lip Enhancement or Lip Augmentation is a cosmetic procedure which can be performed only by a Board-certified Plastic Surgeon that results in the patient gaining plump and fuller lips. 

This cosmetic procedure is widely popular all across the globe. It is a minimally-invasive procedure that makes the patient look good and feel good about themselves in no time. 

What are

The Different Types Of Lip Enhancement Procedures Performed At Vanity Cosmetic Clinic?

Vanity Cosmetic Clinic in Mumbai offers different options for Lip Enhancement procedures. 

The different types of Lip Augmentation procedures are: 


One of the most popular types of Lip Enhancements is the injectables procedure. Under this procedure, Dr Santosh Bhatia augments the lips using Fillers or Fat Grafting.  

  1. Fillers: Dermal Fillers are synthetic bio-compatible materials that imitate bodily fat in your lips. Hyaluronic acid, Juvederm, Restylane, Voluma, and Perlane are some of the most commonly injected fillers for fuller lips. 
  2. Fat Grafting: This involves extracting fat from the body using liposuction and injecting it into the patients’ lips. This makes the lips plumper and looks 100% natural. 

Surgical Lip Enhancements

Dr Santosh Bhatia, the Director of Vanity Cosmetic Clinic specialises in contouring lips to look bigger, curvier and plumper all while ensuring the final result looks natural and proportionate to the rest of the face. 

Following are the types of Lip Enhancement Surgeries at Vanity Cosmetic Clinic: 

  1. Dermal Grafting: Dermal grafting is a technique where the surgeon removes dermis from the underside of the skin along with the fat and places it inside the lips through an incision. Dermal grafting moves the lips forward and makes them look plumper too. 
  2. Vermillion Advancement: In this procedure, Dr Santosh Bhatia removes a strip of skin from around the lips increasing the surface area of the lips. Then the vermillion skip is pulled outward and reshaped. This procedure increases the area of the lips and makes them look bigger and aesthetically beautiful. 
  3. Lip Lift: This is a simple anti-ageing cosmetic procedure that eliminates the problem of droopy lips. 

All of the above-mentioned Lip Enhancement Procedures are performed by Dr Santosh Bhatia, a Board-certified Plastic Surgeon at Vanity Cosmetic Clinic. Our patients have seen stunning results and live their lives with big, happy smiles!

Who Is

An Ideal Candidate For Lip Enhancement?

Lip Enhancement is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that can be performed on patients who fit into the following criteria:

  • An overall healthy person.
  • A person who is unhappy with the appearance of their lips and wants to enhance them
  • Candidate has realistic expectations from the procedure

It is important to note here that candidate could be either male or female since this procedure is gender-neutral.


Consultation With Dr Santosh Bhatia?

Dr Santosh Bhatia’s one on one consultations are deep, detailed discussions where he asks the patient about their expectations, desires, goals, understands their medical history and explains the procedure and risks to them. 

You will be shown the different options for lip enhancement and after understanding your expectations Dr Santosh Bhatia will take a call on what process will work the best for your case. Pictures will also be taken of your lips from different angles as part of your case papers.

Our consultations also involve noting down your medical history and any allergies that might affect the surgery. We end the consultation only after the patient and Dr Santosh Bhatia are on the same page and there are no doubts in the mind of the patient.

Dr. Santosh Bhatia
DR. SANTOSH BHATIA, MS, MCh.(Plastic Surgery)


Lip Enhancement Procedure?

Since Lip Augmentation is a minimally invasive procedure there aren’t too many preparations necessary before the surgery from the patient’s perspective. Dr Santosh Bhatia may ask you to undergo a couple of routine blood and urine tests in order to establish basic parameters for the surgery. 

But other than that, no special preparation is required from the patient’s side.

How Is

Lip Augmentation Surgery Performed?

The process for lip augmentation will depend upon the type of augmentation chosen for the patient. 
Following are the details for each type of procedure:

  • Fillers : In the case of fillers based lip enhancement, the doctor will simply inject the dermal filler into the patient’s lips. This will make the lips fuller and plumper in no time. Filler based lip enhancement has zero downtime and is often referred to as a “lunchtime procedure” which means a patient can get lip fillers during their lunch hours and resume work immediately.
  • Fat Grafting : In the fat grafting procedure, the doctor will extract fat from other parts of the body using liposuction. This fat is then collected injected into the patient’s lips. Many patients prefer fat grafting based lip enhancement because bodily fat is a natural substance and will be accepted by the body without any allergic reaction.
  • Dermal Grafting : Dermal Grafting for Lip Enhancement is a slightly complex process because it involves removing dermis from one part of the body and inserting it into the lips. Dr Santosh Bhatia will administer local anaesthesia and may give you intravenous sedation. Tiny incisions are made near the stomach or hips. The dermis along with the fat is removed from the marked region. Next, incisions will be made on the inside of the lips where this dermis will be attached layer by layer. Once Dr Santosh Bhatia has carefully layered the lips the incisions will be closed. Dermal Grafting pushes the lips outward and makes them fuller too.
  • Vermillion Advancement: For a vermillion advancement procedure, Dr Santosh Bhatia will administer local anaesthesia and intravenous sedation to the patient. The next step is to make an incision along the vermillion border, and then, remove a predetermined amount of facial skin above or below the lips being reshaped. Then the vermillion is grasped and pulled outward and into its desired new position. Finally, Dr Santosh Bhatia will suture the stretched vermillion to meet up with the facial skin.
  • Vermillion Advancement: For a vermillion advancement procedure, Dr Santosh Bhatia will administer local anaesthesia and intravenous sedation to the patient. The next step is to make an incision along the vermillion border, and then, remove a predetermined amount of facial skin above or below the lips being reshaped. Then the vermillion is grasped and pulled outward and into its desired new position. Finally, Dr Santosh Bhatia will suture the stretched vermillion to meet up with the facial skin.
  • Lip Lift : A Lip Lift is performed under local anaesthesia and some intravenous sedation is given to the patient. Once the effect of the anaesthesia takes place, Dr Santosh Bhatia makes an incision right above your lips. Excess fat and tissue are removed from this area. Next the lips are repositioned higher and the incision is closed. This surgical procedure has a permanent effect and once the lips are lifted the patient’s face looks youthful and the lips appear plumper.

Dr Santosh Bhatia performs all of the above-mentioned procedures with panache and bearing in mind the importance of patient’s safety at all times. 

How Is

The Recovery Process For Lip Enhancement Procedures?

Step 1

Lip enhancement or lip augmentation procedures are minimally invasive procedures. Hence, their recovery process is simpler and almost pain-free.

Step 2

In case of filler based lip enhancement, there is zero downtime. The patient can immediately resume work and other activities. 

Step 3

Similarly, for fat grafting lip enhancement, a couple of days is sufficient time to recover and get back in action. 

Step 4

For other lip augmentation surgeries, i.e Dermal Grafting, Vermillion Advancement and Lip Lift - 1 week of recovery is more than enough. The patient can resume their normal routine within a couple of days, but physically strenuous activities need to be avoided for the first week. 

Step 5

After you undergo any type of lip augmentation, you will notice swelling and bruising around the lips. Dr Santosh Bhatia will prescribe a topical antibiotic and may also give you some oral medication. Regular use of ice packs will help in reducing the swelling. Generally, the swelling subsides within a week’s time. 

what are

The Risks Associated With Lip Enhancement Procedures?

Even though Lip Enhancement is a straightforward cosmetic procedure, it does have risks. It is vital that as a patient you are aware of the risks before you make the choice to undergo the knife. 

Following are the rare risks that may arise out of Lip Augmentation procedures:

  • Severe and prolonged swelling or bruising lasting one week to 10 days
  • Lip asymmetry (parts of lips are different sizes)
  • Lumps and irregularities in the lips
  • Infection
  • Development of hematoma or seroma.
  • Injection into a blood vessel, causing tissue loss
  • Ulceration, scarring, or stiffening of the lip
  • Allergic reaction causing redness, swelling, or itching around the lips

Chances of patients actually suffering from these risks are very low because Dr Santosh Bhatia puts patient safety as a top priority on his action plan. 

If you are wondering whether or not you are an ideal candidate for Lip Enhancement we invite you for a consultation with Dr Santosh Bhatia at Vanity Cosmetic Clinic in Mumbai where he will provide you with his expert guidance and clear all your doubts!


Book Appointment for a Consultation

Start here, by booking an appointment with Dr. Santosh Bhatia. Dr Bhatia is available for consultations at two convenient locations in Andheri (West) and South Bombay. Please select your preferred location to see Dr. Bhatia’s availability and book your appointment online. If you prefer to book your appointment on the phone please call Vanity Cosmetic Clinic at +917043477777.

Click the button below to Book Appointment at your preferred location.

Your consultation includes:

  • 30 min 1-1 session with Dr. Bhatia.
  • Discuss your concerns and surgical goals in a completely non-pressured environment.
  • Dr. Bhatia will in turn explain the options available to you, likely outcomes, any risks or potential complications, and recommend a course of treatment with the associated cost.
Dr. Santosh Bhatia
DR. SANTOSH BHATIA, MS, MCh.(Plastic Surgery)

Meet the Doctor

Dr. Santosh Bhatia

Dr Santosh Bhatia is Mumbai’s most-sought-after Plastic Surgeon. Founder and Director at Vanity Cosmetic Clinic, Dr Bhatia is also associated with some of the best hospitals in Mumbai such as Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Breach Candy Hospital. 

Dr Bhatia has a vast global experience working with Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery hospitals in New York, Toronto, London, Chicago, Miami, Pune, and Mumbai. 

Dr Santosh Bhatia’s focus lies in performing minimally invasive, state-of-the-art plastic surgeries that yield natural-looking and gorgeous results. He is a cosmetic surgeon with the vision of an artist. Dr Bhatia pays keen attention to details which makes the patient’s transformation graceful and aesthetically pleasing. 

Dr Santosh Bhatia has happy patients including celebrities, socialites, and everyday women from all over the world. His surgical skills, experience and high-regard for safety has earned him a reputation not only in Mumbai but all over the world.

“Surgeon’s skill and experience, quality of care, infrastructure and facilities, and your comfort with the surgeon are just as important as the final cost of the surgery"

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