Lip Lift vs Dermal Fillers
Full, supple, plump lips are a major beauty ideal these days. Some women are looking for a boost to thin lips, while others who already have full lips want to plump up their pout for a more dramatic look.
Let’s explore two effective ways to achieve this desirable look — a lip lift and dermal fillers.
What are the Attributes of an Ideal Lip?
Beauty is subjective, but there are ideals that are commonly agreed on. Based on a study that polled 1,000 people in 35 countries, the most attractive lip was a symmetrical, 1:1 top to bottom ratio. Scarlett Johansson’s lips are an example of this look. The second most attractive lip, according to the poll, was a larger bottom lip compared to the top lip. An example of this is the look of Kylie Jenner’s lips. Both lips should have a defined edge, and an accentuated Cupid’s bow.
This ideal can be achieved with either a lip lift or dermal fillers.
What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers used for lip augmentation are most often composed of hyaluronic acid. Dermal filler injections are a short, easy injectable treatment that is applied to the lips to provide a full, supple appearance. Dermal fillers are expertly injected into several points of the lips. These are then gently massaged in to provide fullness, whether you’re going for a smooth, plump appearance or a dramatic, elegant boost.
How Long do Filler Results Last?
Lip fillers effectively provide stunning results for 12-18 months, but the treatment only takes about twenty minutes, and there’s no downtime.
Who is a Candidate for Lip Filler?
Almost anyone is a candidate for lip filler, from women with thin lips looking for enhancement to women with full lips looking for a more dramatic look. Women must meet the following requirements:
- 18 or older
- Not taking aspirin or any prescription blood thinners
- Reasonable expectations
- Not pregnant or breastfeeding
- Not allergic to the ingredients of the filler
Who is NOT a Candidate for Filler?
Typically, those with a long upper lip that hoods over their teeth are not a candidate for lip filler treatments. When filler is applied to women with a longer upper lip, the treatment can create a “duck lip”.
Interestingly, these are typically the best patients for a lip lift.
What is a Lip Lift?
A lip lift is a simple surgical procedure that is designed to provide a pleasing, enhanced shape to the upper lip. The upper lip is shortened slightly during a brief, in-office surgery, which brings the red part of the lip closer to the nose, and lifts and enhances the lip line. The lip shape becomes a clearer cupid’s bow, and a balanced, symmetrical appearance is achieved along with a fuller body, red portion, of the lip.
What can a Lip Lift Achieve?
A lip lift shortens the skin portion of the upper lip and puts the upper lip in proportion with the rest of the facial features and rolls out and plumps the body of the upper lip and accentuates the vermillion border. This creates a full, attractive shape, better symmetry, and fullness.
Are There Different Approaches to a Lip Lift?
There are a number of different approaches to a lip lift, including bullhorn/ subnasal and vermilion advancement.
During a bullhorn/ subnasal lip lift, Dr. Weber will make an incision along the base of the nose, which makes any scarring less visible. A small strip of skin is removed, and the center, right, and left of the lip are all pulled up toward the nose.
During vermilion advancement, an incision is made along the borders of the lip(s). A strip of the skin is removed outside the lip border, and the rest of the skin along the border of the lips is repaired to achieve shortening of the lip and increased fullness.
How Long Does a Lip Lift Last?
A lip lift is very long-lasting. You will be able to enjoy your beautiful results for 5-10 years or more.
Lip Enhancement With Dr. Weber
Dr. Stephen Weber is among the best cosmetic surgeons in the country, and he is a double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon and owner of Weber Facial Plastic Surgery, PC. Dr. Weber’s practice is focused on cosmetic facial surgery, laser skin resurfacing, and facial injectable treatments. He excels in facial rejuvenation surgery, taking meticulous care with each procedure he does, from your lip lift to a facelift. When it comes to injectables, Dr. Weber has extensive experience with all currently available injectable products. Additionally, he is a National Physician Trainer for Allergan (BOTOX, Juvederm, Voluma) and Key Opinion Leader for Merz (Xeomin, Radiesse, Belotero) and has trained dozens of injectors in Colorado, Michigan, Florida, and Oklahoma.
Whether you’re interested in lip fillers or a lip lift, Dr. Weber is an outstanding choice. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Weber to discuss your goals and determine the best treatment plan for you.