Lip Augmentation


At our practice in Newport Beach, lip augmentation also known as lip implant is a very popular procedure. Dr. Sundine’s extensive background in facial aesthetics and reconstruction is vital to his success when performing lip augmentation. If you are looking for a way to enhance the size, shape, and overall appearance of your lips, our team can provide you with beautiful results from your lip augmentation in Newport Beach.

slicked back hair -- lip augmentation -- Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Michael Sundine

What is Lip Augmentation?

Lip Augmentation creates fuller and plumper lips, while at the same time reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around your mouth. This is achieved using either dermal fillers or facial implants. Dr. Michael Sundine uses a special surgical implants that are FDA-cleared silicone elastomer facial implants. These implants are designed to never deflate or rupture to provide long-lasting results that look incredibly natural. The implants are made using a special injection molding process in order to create custom implants that look as beautiful and natural as possible. The implants can also be safely removed at any time.

Lip Augmentation -- Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Michael Sundine

What Are The Benefits

Of Lip Augmentation?

Our Orange County area Lip Augmentation patients have been able to reap the following benefits from their treatment:

  • Boost in self-confidence
  • Fuller and more defined lips
  • Improved symmetry
  • Long-lasting results
  • Minimal downtime
  • Natural look and feel
  • Reduced fine lines and wrinkles

Who is a Candidate

For Lip Augmentation?

Good candidates for lip augmentation using a lip implant should be unhappy with the thin or flat appearance of their lips or the shape and overall look of their lips. Candidates for lip augmentation should also have realistic expectations about the results that are possible through surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Sundine will go over the lip augmentation process, let you know what to expect during your recovery, and address any questions you may have about the procedure.

woman laying down -- Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Michael Sundine

What’s The First Step?

If you are interested in the SurgiSel Lip implant for fuller lips, your first step is to contact our office and schedule your consultation with Dr. Michael Sundine. When you come in for this appointment, you will be able to express your desires and concerns about the procedure and have a full examination of your lips by Dr. Sundine himself. He will discuss your options and what he recommends for you, as well as ask you certain medical questions to avoid unnecessary risks. Once the two of you agree on every aspect of your procedure, Dr. Sundine will create your treatment plan. You will then schedule your surgical date with our Patient Coordinator who will also provide you with some pre-op instructions, which can include:

  • Start Valtrex 500 mg, two times daily, starting one day before surgery. The purpose of this medication is to decrease your risk of developing shingles or herpes zoster after your laser treatment. This complication is painful and causes the highest risk of scarring, therefore, Valtrex is mandatory. You will continue this medication for 5 days following the procedure.
  • DO NOT take aspirin or ibuprofen products (ie. Bufferin, Anacin, Advil, Motrin, Anacin-free, Excedrin), 2 weeks prior or 2 weeks post-surgery. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is okay.
  • DO NOT SMOKE! Smoking can cause poor wound healing and may result in bad scarring.
  • Other medications prescribed are as follows: Keflex is an antibiotic to reduce your risk of infection after the procedure. Vicodin/Lortab is a pain medication to control any discomfort. Take these medications with food or milk to avoid nausea and/or vomiting.

What to Expect on the Day of Lip Augmentation

This procedure can be performed in a simple office setting under local anesthesia. The entire process can take less than 30 minutes, and normal activity may be resumed the following day. Dr. Sundine is widely regarded by his patients to offer the best lip augmentation Newport Beach and Orange County residents look forward to.

Dr. Sundine getting ready for surgery

Lip Augmentation


After your surgery, you will be able to return home where you should rest quietly for the remainder of your surgery day. You will be able to perform routine activities the very next day, but avoid bending over, lifting, or straining for 3-4 days, and avoid strenuous exercise for 2 weeks. You will need to sleep on your back with the head elevated using a pillow for 1-2 weeks.

For the next 3-4 days, eat foods that are soft and require minimal chewing, however, do not chew gum, salads, or tough meats, and stay away from hot or salty foods or fluids for 48 hours.

Smoking will inhibit your healing process so NO SMOKING for at least two weeks after surgery. AVOID opening mouth more than one inch wide to prevent incision separation (opening). You are also encouraged to use a small child’s toothbrush to brush your teeth and rinse your mouth after meals.

When maintaining your oral hygiene, you will clean the incisions at the corner of the mouth with diluted hydrogen peroxide ( 1⁄4 hydrogen peroxide, 3⁄4 water) then apply an antibiotic ointment (Neosporin, Polysporin) 3 times per day for 2 weeks. Take the antiviral prescription and antibiotics until finished. Cool compresses can be used for 24-48 hours to reduce swelling, but do not apply ice directly on your lips. You will also want to keep your lips moisturized for two to three weeks with Vaseline, Carmex, or a similar product.

About one-week post-surgery, Dr. Sundine will have you return for a check-up appointment, where he will gently verify that the implant remains centered at the top and bottom.

You will return about two weeks post-surgery where Dr. Sundine will discuss stretching exercises that should be performed two to three times a day, 10-15 times each for the next two to three months to help alleviate excessive scar tissue formation. Stretching exercises are to be started when sutures are gone and incisions have healed (usually by 2 1⁄2 -3 weeks Post-op) Exercises of stretching will include:

  • Opening mouth widely then back to a closed position.
  • Excessive smiling (pulling lips tightly against teeth) then back to a closed position.

*Any tightness that you might experience will start to dissipate once you begin these exercises. Continue these stretching exercises for 2-3 months even if you are not experiencing any tightness.

*Please do not massage your lips.

How Much Does a Lip Augmentation Cost in Newport Beach?


The cost of a Newport Beach lip lift can vary on a number of factors. Dr. Sundine individualizes all of his procedures for his patients—taking a tailored approach. During your consultation with Dr. Sundine, you’ll be able to go over your desired aesthetic goals. After Dr. Sundine’s thorough consultation, he’ll provide a full breakdown of the costs and his expert recommendations.

Why Choose Dr. Sundine?

With over 2 decades of experience in the plastic surgery community, Michael J. Sundine, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P. has been featured in Los Angeles Magazine as a Southern California Super Doctor for Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery and voted an Orange County “Physician of Excellence” by the Orange County Medical Association over half a dozen times. After training at the University of Colorado and obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in molecular biology and biochemistry, Dr. Sundine continued his education at the St. Louis University School of Medicine, where he graduated with multiple honors. He is board certified by both The American Board of Surgery (ABS) and The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).

Schedule A Consultation

We’re confident you’ll be very satisfied with your decision, as Dr. Sundine is known by his patients as the Best Newport Beach Plastic surgeon. To schedule a consultation and learn more about lip implants in Orange County, contact our office today at 949-706-3100 to set up your appointment. Having provided thousands of aesthetic surgeries over the last 25 years, you can trust Dr. Sundine for your Newport Beach lip implants.

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