3 Options for Fuller Lips (implant, lip lift, dermal fillers)

If you were born with thin lips, watched your lips thin over time, or your lips seem out of proportion to one another, you may be thinking about options for getting fuller, attractive lips. You’ll be happy to know that there are several choices available to improve the appearance of your lips.

At MedWeight, Lasers & Wellness Centers, we can help you decide among implants, a lip lift, or dermal fillers, depending on your goals. Each treatment has benefits and drawbacks, so understanding how they work and what to expect is the first step in deciding which is likely to work best for you.

Lip implants

Lip implants are made from either a biodegradable substance or from a pliable silicone rubber, and they create a noticeable change in your lip volume. They are a semi-permanent lip enhancement, and last for many years without much maintenance.

The procedure is generally done with local anesthesia, so you are awake. It’s also an in-office procedure, so you don’t need to stay in the hospital. Recovery time is usually between one and three days.

Another advantage of lip implants is that it is possible to have them removed, unlike some other procedures used to create fuller lips.

A lip lift

A procedure that is becoming more popular is the lip lift. For quite some time, lip lifts have been done at the same time as face-lifts. But now younger patients in their 20s and 30s who have no interest in face-lifts are opting for the procedure.

When you have a lip lift, the distance between your nose and your top lip, which is called the philtrum, is shortened. By removing a carefully chosen sliver of skin from your philtrum, we can make your lips appear fuller. Your provider can also slightly change the shape of your cupid’s bow, altering the look of your lips.

Over time, the length of your philtrum increases, as gravity pulls your lips downward. Your top lip may also begin to curl under somewhat, and fillers don’t address that curling. Adding a filler on top of a curled-under lip can result in the dreaded duck lip look; sometimes a lip lift is simply the best treatment for the situation.

There are benefits to having a lip lift compared to other procedures. It’s permanent, so you don’t have to worry about maintenance, and it can address that curled-under problem.

On the downside, a lip lift requires some recovery time. You’ll likely feel a pulling sensation for a few days and have some swelling for a couple of weeks.

Dermal fillers

Dermal fillers are by far the most popular method of achieving plumper lips. Fillers can help smooth lines that sometimes form around your lips and result in better-shaped lips as well as fuller ones.

Hyaluronic fillers are the most-used type today. The results from hyaluronic acid fillers are more consistent than fat injections and safer than collagen injections.

We can use fillers to improve the shape and structure of your lips, in addition to providing increased volume. They usually last about six months.

Dermal fillers are quite safe, and allergic reactions are extremely rare. There’s also very little downtime associated with the procedure, and if you decide you don’t like the way your lips look,  you can simply stop getting the injections.

If you’re looking for a way to get fuller lips, learn more about your options. Book an appointment online or by phone for a consultation at MedWeight, Lasers & Wellness Centers today.

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