As we age, the lips and skin around the mouth may lose volume and develop fine lines and wrinkles. Lip augmentation via injectable dermal fillers is a non-surgical procedure that adds volume and fullness to smoothen and plump out the lips to achieve a more youthful appearance. Dermal fillers are an ideal solution for lip rejuvenation — especially for those patients who may have “lipstick lines” or “smoker’s lines” — deep lines radiating outwards from the lips into the surrounding skin. There are several ways to either plump or augment your lips. Your plastic surgeon or aesthetic nurse will outline your options and explain the advantages and disadvantages of each type of procedure.
- Restylane® for lips: is a non-animal lip filler that is very close to the hyaluronic acid found naturally in the body. Restylane® restores volume and fullness to the lips, lasting for about six months or longer. This filler is also reversible, making it a good option for those who are new to cosmetic rejuvenation. Read more about Restylane® here.
- Fat Transfer (Fat Injection): Fat transfer works to naturally ‘plump’ aging lips that may have lost volume over the years. This is a minimally invasive surgical procedure where your own body fat is ‘harvested’– usually from the abdomen — and then injected it into your lips to create a fuller and plumper appearance. Fat grafting for lips is very popular because it has advantages over lab-grown fillers, it’s very natural, and has a permanent result for most people. Read more about Fat Transfer here.
- Botox® and Dysport®: are safe and very popular options that work by relaxing wrinkle-causing muscles around the mouth. The treatment lasts 4 to 6 month but may last longer after repeated treatments. Read more about Botox® and Dysport® here.
- Dermabrasion and TCA chemical peel: works to erase superficial lines and may be used in conjunction with any of the above treatments.
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All injectable lip filling treatments are performed by Jennifer Fick, FNP-C, CANS, a Board Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist. You can read more about Jennifer here or on her own website. Dr. Deschamps-Braly is on hand to perform dermabrasion and fat transfer lip treatments and consult in more complex cases if necessary.
Can you massage lip fillers?
No, for up to 24 hours we advise patients not to press too hard throughout the area of lip injections, whether for wrinkle reduction or augmentation.
Are lip fillers permanent?
Dermal fillers used to enhance the lips are not permanent but can last many months before their results fade. For long-term enhancement, we offer fat transfer procedures for the lips that utilize your body’s natural fat cells to naturally “plump” your lips.