Lip Augmentation

Lip augmentation is a popular procedure performed to make the lips larger.  There are generally two types of patients who seek lip augmentation.  There are those patients who have lost volume in their lips during the aging process and wish to rejuvenate their lips by adding volume.  These patients would like their lips to return to the volume and shape they had when they were younger.  Another type of patient seeks lip augmentation to enhance their lips beyond their natural state.  These patients have always felt their lips were too small and would like a significant increase in size.

Lip augmentation is more complex than simply adding volume to the lips.  Balance and proportion are critical in lip augmentation.  The lips must be in harmony with the face.  In addition the upper and lower lip must be in the proper aesthetic proportion.  The lower lip should be larger than the upper lip.  A common mistake is to add too much volume to the upper lip and not enough to the lower lip causing the lips to be out of balance.

There are many techniques that may be used to enhance the appearance of the lips.  Some of these techniques are listed below.

Lip Injections: Injectable fillers, such as Juvederm, Restylane, or Belotero, may be added to the lips.  These lip injections do not require surgery and have minimal downtime.  Lip fillers may last from 6 months to a year.  Dr. David Bray, Jr. uses blunt tipped injection cannulas to place filler in the lips. The blunt tipped cannulas cause less pain and bruising than the traditional approach with needles.  The cannulas do not injure blood vessels and therefore reduce the risk of injecting the filler into a blood vessel.  Dr. Bray, Jr. is able to precisely place the filler to provide a symmetric and controlled lip enhancement.

Fat: Fat may be placed in the lips.  The fat is harvested from another part of the patient’s body and then transferred to the lips.  Blunt tipped cannulas are used for placement.  Not all of the fat will survive, but the fat that does survive can last for years.

Implants: Permanent implants may be placed into the lips.  Some implants are made of silicone.  These are placed through a small incision at the corner of the mouth.   The implants come in different sizes and can be selected based on the goals of the patient.

Lip Lift: Surgical techniques have been developed to create a more youthful appearance to the lips.  A lip lift involves incisions made along the base of the nose, and in some cases an incision is made along the corner of the mouth.  Skin is excised in order to elevate the lip.  During the aging process the lip will lengthen, lose volume, and turn down at the corner.  Lip lifting techniques help reverse this process and provide a more youthful appearance to the lips.

There are many techniques used to enhance the appearance of the lips. It is important to go to a board certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. David Bray, Jr., who is skilled in a variety of lip enhancement techniques.