The position, shape, and size of lips on men and women are typically different. Men’s lips tend to be thinner than women’s lips, with fuller, plumper lips being associated with a more feminine look. The distance between the opening of the mouth and the base of the nose is usually longer in men, causing the male lip to appear “flatter” and thinner. Whereas the female lip is usually higher and closer to the base of the nose and fuller in appearance, with the upper teeth slightly exposed.
Feminizing the lips involves several options for procedures – or all three – depending on your features, age, or desired outcome. Lip feminization is often performed as a part of a facial feminization surgical process. Your surgeon will outline your options and explain the advantages and disadvantages of each procedure. You may need several procedures depending on your desired result and existing facial features:
- Lip Lift (Upper Lip Reduction): lifting the upper lip to a more feminine and youthful position.
- Lip Augmentation (Lip Filling): filling the lips so they appear fuller, “plumper” and more feminine. Lip augmentation may be done either through the use of injectable fillers or fat transfer injection.
- Corners-of-Mouth Lift: Often less of the red part of the lips shows near the corners of the mouth so the corners-of-mouth Lift is done to improve the ratio of the natural “sweep” of the lips and increase the visibility of the red portion.
An upper lip lift (upper lip reduction) lifts the upper lip to a more feminine and “open” position to improve the visibility of upper teeth. A lip lift makes the lips – and the entire face – look more feminine by shortening the upper lip, improving the visibility of the upper teeth, and creating a more youthful appearance.
Filling the lips so they appear fuller and more feminine can be done either through the use of popular injectable fillers such as Restylane®, or fat transfer injection using your own fatty tissue – the most natural and longer lasting method.
The corners-of-mouth lift is performed to improve the ratio of the natural “sweep” of the lips and increase the visibility of the red portion of the lips. This procedure focuses exclusively on lifting the corners of your mouth and does not affect lip movement, which is necessary for the expression of your full range of emotions.
There are several ways to plump and feminize the appearance of your lips to achieve your facial gender confirmation goals. Your surgeon will outline your options and explain the advantages and disadvantages of each procedure. You may need several procedures depending on your desired result and existing facial features.