Lip Augmentation, also called lip enhancement, can overcome genetics or aging causing the appearance of thin, nonexistent, irregular or protruding lips.
Several techniques are used in Lip Augmentation. Typically, a natural or synthetic biocompatible material, or the patient's own fat, is injected or implanted in the lips. Some procedures are more invasive, as actual surgeries, while other more temporary solutions simply consist of injecting various types of filler materials. Although you may want to avoid the surgical options in favor of the injections, Lip Augmentation surgery may be less expensive in the long run if you factor in the number of repeat injections you may need.
If you have thin lips, they have no fullness or definition, and often, the upper lip is a straight line with no cupid's bow. Thin lips are usually the result of your genes, but smoking can be a contributing factor. As people get older, lip tissue tends to break down and the lips become thinner.
Your upper lip may be significantly thinner than the lower lip. Augmentation can be done on the upper lip specifically, either with injections, a surgical procedure called a Lip Lift or a combination of the two to create a fuller upper lip.
With an irregular border, genetics may have given your lips an asymmetrical appearance either from right to left or top to bottom. For this case, augmentation of the deficient portion of the lip is recommended. Other causes may be scarring, injury or the remainder of a childhood repair of a cleft lip.
Although most patients for lip enhancement are looking for bigger lips, you may feel your lips are too prominent. Lips that are too large can be a result of a congenital problem or heredity. Rarely, too large or drooping lips may be caused by trauma. Very prominent lips are a feature associated with some ethnicities. If your lips are too large, you can undergo a lip reduction surgery. This surgery can adjust a drooping or hanging lower lip for a more appealing look or reduce the size of both lips. If your lips are too large due to previous lip augmentation or other surgery, the corrective measures will depend largely on the original procedure.
Is a Lip Augmentation Right for You?
Plumping your lips for a luscious pucker can improve self-confidence, sexual assuredness and a youthful aesthetic. If you feel your lips are too large, a lip reduction will help alleviate the self-conscious feelings you have.
Lip Augmentation may be an option for you if you have:
- thin, flat lips
- a thin or nonexistent upper lip
- an irregular lip border, size or shape
- lips you feel are too prominent
Dr. Ruthie will help you make the final decision on whether Lip Augmentation is right for you; however, the best candidates are in good health, emotionally stable and have realistic expectations about the procedure and how long the procedure lasts.
Your Visit with Dr. Ruthie
During your consultation, Dr. Ruthie will examine your lips, fat distribution and facial anatomy to determine if Lip Augmentation is right for you and which procedure would best match your appearance goals. Depending on which procedure is selected, you may also be tested for how your body accepts the fillers that may be injected.
You should come to the consultation prepared to discuss your medical history, including information about any medical conditions, drug allergies, medical treatments you have received, previous surgeries and any medications you currently take. Allergies are of particular importance for Lip Augmentation procedures, and you should discuss any allergies with Dr. Ruthie.