Lip Augmentation (Cheiloplasty)
Written by Dr. Julian De Silva
Lip augmentation is ideal for patients who have thin lips or disproportionate lips. Augmentation can be accomplished with surgery or the use of filler injections. The transfer of fat is an good method of enlarging and creating a more attractive lips, and is advantageous over the use of filers as it is long-lasting. Other injectible fillers (Juvaderm or Restylane) have an instantaneous effect, however they last for an average of 6 months. There are other fillers that can be used such as Alloderm, that have a long-term effect. Dr. De Silva will not inject silicone into the lips as there have reported risks associated with this technique.
The lips gradually thin as we age, with atrophy of the soft tissues and underlying teeth. Younger people have plumper lips that often have a natural S-shape to their lips with a sharp vermillion border (junction between the skin and lips) and central cupid’s bow. Aging of the lips results in a loss of volume, curvature, loss of cupid’s bow and increased vertical lines. Facial aging of the lower third of the face includes volume loss of the cheeks and gravitational decent. The smile lines are called nasolabial folds and run from the side of the nose to the corner of the mouth. Often thin lips occur in association with other changes in the face. In facial aging there is often loss of volume in the surrounding soft tissues and this may lead to a down turning of the lips (increasingly sad appearance). Lip augmentation should be considered in relation to the proportions and harmony of the face. Dr. De Silva will advise you whether other procedures may enhance the result of lip augmentation.