Full and defined lips are considered an attractive and youthful feature. As we age, the red portion of our lips becomes less visible. Some people were born with thinner lips. Either way, if you have thin lips, you may feel that your face lacks balance. Non-surgical lip fillers are the most common way to enhance the lip contour and volume. If longer-lasting results are desired or there are issues with the proportion of the perioral area, surgical lip augmentation can improve the size, shape, and proportion of the lip area. In some cases, lips may be disproportionately large compared to other features, and lip reduction may be desired.
Lip Procedures Can…
- Increase the size of the lips
- Improve the shape of the lips
- Create defined lips
- Reduce the length of the skin portion of the upper lip
- Reduce the size of overly prominent lips
Surgical lip augmentation candidates should be in good health and have realistic expectations about their results. People seeking lip augmentation have naturally thin lips or lips that have lost volume over time. Surgical lip augmentation is designed to treat patients who desire a long-term improvement in the appearance of their lips.
There are various surgical lip augmentation procedures available, and the one used for your procedure will depend on your anatomy and needs. Dr. Elizabeth will evaluate the shape and proportions of your lips and determine which technique is most suitable for you.
Soft Tissue/Dermal Graft
These grafts are ideal for patients who wish to restore a more plump lip appearance and are having other facial surgery that can serve as the source of the graft material. Incisions are created along the corners of the mouth. A dermal-fat graft is positioned under the lining of the lip, adding volume and shape.
The vermillion advancement is designed for patients who wish to increase the surface area of their lips. These patients usually have small lips and want to make them more prominent and defined rather than plumping their volume. The vermillion advancement is performed by creating an incision along the colored outer border of the lips. A strip of skin outside the lips is removed. The colored portion of the lip is adjusted upwards, increasing the surface area of the lips.
If the skin portion of the upper lip is overly long, it can be reduced and the red portion of the lip lifted with an incision camouflaged underneath the nose. This can not only increase the perceived fullness of the lips but also improve facial balance.
Shaped synthetic implants can be used to augment lip size and shape. With a wide variety of profiles offered, implants are the most permanent way to gain the lip definition you desire. Small incisions are placed on the inside corners of the mouth. Implants are inserted and positioned through these incisions.
When lips are overly prominent compared with other facial features, the red portion of the lip can be reduced by making incisions along the lip margin. The definition of the lips can be maintained, but the fullness is reduced, improving facial balance.
You will experience bruising and swelling following your procedure. With surgical lip augmentation, you may be restricted to a liquid-only diet for one to two days. Most patients return to work and other normal activities within a few days to a week after their surgery. You can resume vigorous activities after two weeks, and swelling may persist for up to six weeks.
Non-surgical augmentation with injectables can improve lip shape and volume and may last up to a year. Surgical lip augmentation provides patients with longer-lasting results and achieves the lip shape they desire that improves their facial appearance for years. It is important to properly follow your recovery instructions to ensure the best results possible.
If you are interested in lip augmentation, Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker can provide you with all the information you need. You can schedule your consultation by calling 678-888-3223 (FACE) or by filling out our online contact form.