Lip Enhancement

Also known as lip injections and lip augmentation

The Basics

Having full, plump lips is often considered a sign of good health, beauty and youth. Whether you were born with thin lips or your lips are thinning due to the natural aging process, there are many ways to enhance them. Lip injections using natural or synthetic fillers can keep your lips plump for months at a time. Lip implants and other surgical procedures can also be performed for a more permanent solution. Other options include lip lifts, vermillion (lip) advancement and permanent makeup. Every year, thousands of people undergo successful lip enhancement and are pleased with the results.

When to Consider Lip Enhancement

  • Your lips have always been thin and disappears when you smile
  • As you age, your lips have become thinner and less full
  • You feel self-conscious about how your lips look
  • Having fuller lips will help balance out your face

Pros

  • Some lip injections are temporary and can be modified to your preference
  • Implants and surgical enhancement provide a permanent solution
  • Quick one-day recovery for injections and a week for most lip surgery

Cons

  • Temporary fillers will require injections every few months
  • Lip asymmetry is a possibility
  • Removal of implants is difficult

Am I a good candidate for a lip enhancement?

The following are some common reasons why you may want to consider lip enhancement:

  • Good candidates for lip enhancement want to plump up thin lips or create a fuller look. If you smile and your top lip or both lips disappear, you may benefit from lip augmentation.
  • Some techniques can improve uneven lips, the shape of your mouth and gum-show when you smile.
  • On the other hand, if your lips are too large and overwhelm your face, speak to your plastic surgeon about lip reduction surgery.