Women who wish to have plumper, fuller lips may consider lip augmentation. This is accomplished with the use of injectable filler inside the lips to add volume and shape. Our Sarasota cosmetic surgeons recommend fillers, such as Restylane and Juvederm, are great options for the lips and can last up to a full year. A fat transfer, which uses fat from the patient's own body to fill in the lips, can also be used. All of these lip augmentation methods offer nice results and can be discussed in detail during the initial consultation.
Lip Lifts are a small surgical procedure to elevate the lips. There are 2 kinds. One that lifts the corners (oral commisures) of the mouth when they appear down turned. Our doctors refer to this as "lip darts" or Lip Lift. This is performed by placing two small incisions at the corner of the mouth. The other procedure is to lift and reduce a long upper lip. This incision is placed just under the nose. Neither of these procedures reduce wrinkles around the mouth. Those wrinkles are either reduced with fat, dermal fillers such as RestylaneSilk or laser treatment.
Lip Enhancement Options
- Injectable Filler: This is a popular way to enhance the lips in a nonsurgical manner. Fillers are made from substances that are found naturally within the body such the hyaluronic acid or collagen based solutions. The result is realistic and looks and feels natural. Fillers produce beautiful results, however, they are considered short-term and reinjection is advised every 6-9 months.
- Fat Filler: Also known as fat transfer, fat deposits are harvested from the patient’s own body by means of liposuction. These collected fats are purified and reinstated with tiny syringes into the lips. The doctor will take the extra measure of reinstating the fat tissues, slowly layering the filler to reshape the lips to meet the patient’s aesthetic desires.
The surgical technique employed with lip augmentation depends on the type of material used.
For injectable fillers, incisions are not necessary. The substance will be injected using a small, fine needle directly into the lips. During this process, the doctor manipulates the shaping of the filler by putting pressure on the lips where it is needed.
Lip Augmentation Reviews
"Will Continue to Do It... Juvederm and Botox Make Me Look and Feel Younger - I have had juvederm and botox done for years now and I love it. I bruise easy so that is the only bummer. I don't want to go around looking like someone punched me but that is the price we pay!I had juvederm in my lips and it has lasted a long time. I usually go every six months for botox. It is true...the longer you use it, the less you need it!"- 1. / RealSelf / Apr 12, 2010
"Sarasota Plastic Surgery has the best reputation in town, and my experience there only proved that very fact. Dr. Engel performed my surgery, and he is absolutely amazing! He is very informative and gave me numerous options from which to choose regarding what was best for me. He is extremely knowledgeable and educated me so I could make the best decision for my surgery. He is a perfectionist, so I felt entirely comfortable leaving the decision of implant size in his hands. I could not be happier with my results!! Dr. Engel is a truly gifted surgeon. He does excellent Botox injections that you hardly feel. The staff is very competent and extremely caring. The P.A., Bridgette, does outstanding injections and made my lips look perfect while still being extremely natural in appearance. I am extremely dedicated to the practice due to their stellar reputation. I receive excellent service I every time I visit them, which is why I will continue to have procedures there. I would never consider going to any other plastic surgery practice because I have so much trust in Sarasota Plastic Surgery. They are absolutely fantastic!!!"- J.G. / Yelp / Mar 19, 2016
"Will Continue to Do It... Juvederm and Botox Make Me Look and Feel Younger I have had juvederm and botox done for years now and I love it. I bruise easy so that is the only bummer. I don't want to go around looking like someone punched me but that is the price we pay! I had juvederm in my lips and it has lasted a long time. I usually go every six months for botox. It is true...the longer you use it, the less you need it!"- SO / RealSelf / Apr 12, 2010
"These Trough and Mouth/lip Area Filler - Sarasota, FL - Wonderful caring and skilled Plastic Surgeon. - - I recently had Restylane injected into my tear troughs, mouth corners, lip lines and upper lip. I had pretty deep hollows under my eyes and wanted a few of the lines around my mouth softened and the corners of my mouth lifted. Because I needed more than one vial, I opted to have a little injected into my top lip. Being 65 years old, my lips are disappearing. I had a lot of bruising on the corners of my mouth and had a couple of black eyes in spite of icing diligently. Also, had "chipmunk cheeks" for close to a week because the tissue under the eyes is so sensative it caused a lot of swelling. I was not at all comfortable with the way I looked for at least a week. Now that the bruising and swelling is gone, I am very happy with the results . I will probably do this again but will carve out a week of down time to recover. I do tend to bruise and swell more than most people so my experience may be a little extreme and not the norm. I wanted to post this so if anyone has the same experience just be patient and give it at least a week for the results. Also, I think it goes without saying that going to the best board certified plastic surgeon you can find who is skilled in this procedure is a must."- 5. / RealSelf / May 21, 2016
"Dr. Derby is by far the best Plastic Surgeon in Sarasota! He put fillers in my lips last year and they look phenomenal - i get compliments on them all the time. His attention to the individual detail of each patient is without compare, with his unparalleled due diligence he was able to accentuate my lips in all the right places achieving an optimal and natural look. His professionalism and..."- K. / RealSelf / Sep 05, 2017
Injectable fillers require no anesthesia, however, a local numbing medication is usually used. After the procedure, the lips will be swollen and there may be bruising present. This will go away after a few days and the patient will instantly see results of the treatment. It may take a few more weeks for the best results to show.
Lip Augmentation FAQs
Which Fillers Should I Use?
This often depends on the patient's concerns and goals. The patient's size and shape of the lips before the procedure, and the doctor's or patient's preference will all determine which injectable filler is used.
How Real Will It Look?
Lip augmentation performed correctly should not look fake or altered, but rather enhance or restore the beauty of the lips.
Can I Have It Removed?
Fillers go away naturally over time as the substance is absorbed by the body, although a minimal fraction may be retained and may take a while before fully absorbed. There are injections that can be performed to make the fillers dissolve more rapidly.
Plan Your Procedure
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- Average Procedure Time
- 10-15 Minutes
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