Lip Augmentation

Lip augmentation or enlargement is one of our most requested procedures. Common options for lip enhancement include the injection of filler material such as hyaluronic acid or even fat. Another option for lip enhancement is the sub-nasal lip lift or the vermillion advancement. Dr. Waldman is considered an expert for lip augmentation both surgical and injectable.

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Am I a candidate for lip enhancement

What results can I expect from lip enhancement?

The intention of lip enhancement is to give you the fuller lips you desire. For some patients with very thin lips, the goal may be to have a more normal appearance and for other patients very thick lips are the goal. Some patients desire a defined edge to the lip or a return to their less aged lip is needed.

What is a sub-nasal lip lift?

In this procedure, a nearly undetectable incision is made at the base of the nose. The lip is then lifted, restoring fullness and recreating a more youthful appearance. If enhancement of the lower lip is desired, injectable fillers or lip advancement can be performed.

Is my own Fat an Option?

Yes. In this procedure, fat is harvested through mini-liposuction, and then re-injected into the lips on a routine basis. Alternatively, a large quantity of fat can be injected in a single sitting. In addition to the implantation of some fat cells, new collagen and fibroblasts are stimulated. Over the year, about 40% will become permanent.

“A couple of months ago, I realized that I needed to have lip surgery. Since this involved cutting out part of the area above my upper lip, I was extremely motivated to find the best plastic surgeon in the country. So, I began searching the internet for all the information I could possibly find and figure out where I needed to go to have it done. (When somebody is going to make incisions on your face, you REALLY need to make sure that they know what they are doing!) From the first moment I began researching plastic surgeons, I noticed that Dr. Waldman’s achievements were amazing. ”
- Real Patient

What injectable fillers are most commonly used?

Hyaluronic acid (Restylane, Juvederm) fillers are most commonly used. The duration of the material may vary from individual but most patients will return in 6-12 months.

Is there noticeable swelling?

With hyaluronic injections swelling is minimal and lasts only a day or two. The swelling from fat injections may last up to 2 weeks. There is minimal if any discomfort.

Are permanent injectables available?

Silicone has been used as a permanent material but has been “banned” by the FDA. While some still do silicone injections the risk of complication is high and we do not advise this treatment. We really like Radiesse in the laugh lines but not in the lips. Science continues to advance and new fillers may be available in the next few years.

Is there much pain from the injections?

No. We use a dental nerve block and strong topical gels to make sure that our patients are comfortable.