Having full plump lips has always been considered a sign of good health, beauty, and youth. It doesn’t matter if you were born with thin lips or if your lips are thinning out due to a natural ageing process.
As we age, a loss of volume at the sides of the mouth causes sagging, which gives some people a frowning expression. By adding volume in the right places, we can subtly lift the corners, which not only improves the shape of the lip but also create a happier, more youthful appearance.
Lip enhancement procedures come in many forms: lip injections using synthetic fillers, lip injections using fat grafting, lip implants, and lip lifts. Your surgeon might offer you options based on your aesthetic goals and recovery time frame. It might also be appropriate to have two or more of these procedures to achieve the right look for you.
Injections – Fat Transfer
In fat transfer, fat from your own body can be taken via liposuction from another area of your body and injected into your lips. This is the best way for lip enhancement as it gives a nice soft feel and natural results but may need to be repeated until you get the desired result.
Injections – Fillers
Fillers made from natural or synthetic biocompatible material act as a fat substitute to plump up the lip. One treatment is usually sufficient to produce the desired result. The results, however, may be temporary and require repeat injections.
Surgery – Lip Implants
Lip implants can be inserted through tiny incisions inside the corners of the mouth. There are many natural or synthetic implant options available. Your surgeon will discuss which option is best for you.
Surgery – Lip Lift
Removing extra skin and lifting the lips will help those with loose skin or those with a downward-sloping mouth. To increase the upper lip, an incision is made under the nose, and the skin is shortened to pull up the lips. Other lift techniques can shorten the upper lip to expose more teeth. To lift a downward-turning mouth, small incisions are made on the side of the mouth, and the extra skin is removed. Your surgeon will use thin sutures, removed four to five days later.
There are many different options to enlarge or enhance the size and shape of your lips: fat injections, filler injections, lip implants, and lip lifting. Injections and implants can physically change the plumpness and volume of your lips, while lip lifts can help change the shape of your lips.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this post is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your plastic surgeon or other qualified healthcare provider before starting any new treatment or discontinuing an existing treatment. Always speak to your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a procedure.