Many women start noticing lip wrinkles and thinner, less full lips in their 30’s. Unfortunately, this cosmetic problem usually continues to worsen over time as part of the “aging process”, to the dismay of many women. Fortunately, we have a solution to this problem that will help you enhance your lips to a more beautiful state.

Lip augmentation is performed by using facial fillers. I usually use Juvederm because it is clear and can fill thin lines and outline the borders of the lips in a thin line. It can plump up the lips and smooth the lip lines and wrinkles to create young full lips. Thus it can reverse the changes that age can inflict on the lips.

Before augmenting the lips, I like to anesthetize the lip so the procedure does not hurt. A very thin line of filler is then placed along the border of the lips where the lips meet the skin (also called the vermillion border). The filler thus turns the pink portion of the upper lip upward, lessening the distance from the pink lip to the nose. In addition, this pushes the lower lip outward, creating a more cosmetically appealing and plumper lower lip. Once outlined, the filler is injected further within the lips to plump them up, according to the woman’s desires, and create the young full lip.

However, overfilling is not a good idea, in my opinion. This creates what some people would call “duck lips” and is not very appealing. However, some people like this and I can do this if they like. My usual preference is to us a technique that enhances and beautifies the lips, rather than just makes them larger.

Using fillers is a nonsurgical method of enhancing the lips. It is performed in our office using only a local anesthetic. After the injection, we recommend putting ice packs on the area for one to two days, to decrease the swelling and bruising. Another method to decrease bruising is to take Arnica tablets every few hours.

The lips are not only made fuller, but they are sculptured to give them a more beautiful look. Cupid’s bow is enhanced, which is the part of the upper lip in the middle of the lip that is curved. Age tends to flatten this and age tends to give us the wrinkles and flattened look of the lips over time. Pursing the lips and smoking worsens these problems. Â Lip Augmentation helps reverse these effects.

There are also surgical options for enhancing the lips. These include fat injections, lip implants, and lip surgery.

Fat injections are performed by first harvesting some fat from another body area such as the inner thighs or the love handles. The fat is treated and then injected into the lips to plump and fill them. Fat injection works well but there is prolonged swelling and worse bruising following this method. Multiple injections are necessary to produce an adequate effect since 50% of the fat will dissolve. It can take three to six months for the final result to be seen,

Lip implants are small, soft and pliable tubes of flexible plastic-like material that look like small long balloons. The results of lip augmentation with lip implants can be excellent and are permanent, unlike fillers. However, implants pose a risk of rejection by the body. If rejection occurs, the implants need to be removed and significant scarring and deformity can result.

A third surgical procedure is called a lip lift. With this surgery, small flaps of the mucosa (pink tissue in the mouth) are bunched to push the lip outward and up. The procedure is done on the inside of the upper lip so no visible scar is seen. Results can be excellent and the lack of a visible scar is important.

In today’s world, full looking, plump lips are considered an ideal component of facial beauty. Many women pattern their concepts of beauty on certain movie stars, such as Angelina Jolie, who have naturally large, shapely and beautiful lips. Many women want to emulate this beauty and thus we see the popularity of doing lip augmentation.

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