Plump Thin Lips


Plumping Thin Lips with Fillers and Beyond.
We all love beautiful lips. Gorgeous looking lips have great proportion, volume and shape. Many patients are interested in improving or rejuvenating their lips, and we can help them by offering different treatment options tailored for specific needs. The final goal is a beautiful and natural-looking result, not simply large or overdone lips.

What is a Lip Augmentation with Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are ideal solution for increasing lip volume, reshaping the lip edges and improving fine lip wrinkles. Fillers also can change the lip shape in different ways, such as enhancing the natural shape, or creating new shape and lip projection. Filler injections are non-surgical procedures done in a few minutes in the office with topical anesthesia and little downtime. Hyaluronic acid fillers (Restylane, Juvederm) are the most common used fillers for lip augmentation. They are absorbable and reversible, and can be repeated as needed. Most lip fillers last for 6-12 months.

What is a Lip Augmentation with Fat Transfer?
Lip augmentation may be also performed by using the patient’s own fat, a process called fat transfer or fat grafting. We will remove a small amount of your own fat using a very fine cannula, and then the fat is prepared and injected into your lips as a “natural” filler to create fuller and plumper lips. Fat transfer requires local anesthesia and a little more downtime, since there is a little more swelling and bruising than with dermal filler injections. Fat transfer has a permanent result for most people.

What is the Main Difference between Lip Injections with a Lip Lift ?
A lip lift is a procedure performed on people who have a longer and flat upper lip. As we age, the upper lip tends to get longer and flatter, with less projection and less vermillion show. Injecting fillers into long and flat lips can create the “duck lips” appearance and an overdone look. A lip lift can improve not only the upper lip shape but also the overall facial aging by revealing more of the upper lip, increasing upper teeth show when smiling and balancing the lower face proportions. The procedure can be done under local anesthesia and involves a small cut under the base of the nose. The cut is hidden in natural creases beneath the nostrils, leaving no obvious scarring.

Can Perioral Peels Improve my Lips?
Medium and deep peels are great options to improve “lipstick lines” or “smoker’s lips” by smoothing the skin in the perioral area, resurfacing several layers of skin and stimulating collagen production. It results in a permanent improvement of skin texture and lessening of deep lip lines.

If you are interested in plumping your lips, in improving the lip shape, or even in having a mild improvement of the lip contouring and fine lines, come see us for a consultation and it will be a pleasure to evaluate you and define the best treatment for your goals.

GABRIELE C. MIOTTO MD, MEd., is a Brazillian-American plastic surgeon specialized in aesthetic surgery and minimally invasive procedures, specially of the face, eyes, nose, breast and liposuction.

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