Lip Enhancement

Lip Augmentation – Injectables – Lip Reduction – Lip Lift

One of the most prominent features on your face is your lips. Having the appearance of full lips has become synonymous with sensuality making it very popular.

As we age, our lips lose fullness and may seem to disappear. Exposure to the sun and smoking can accelerate these and other signs of aging. There are several ways a cosmetic surgeon can help you enhance the appearance of your natural smile.

For example:

  • Lip Injections – using human, animal-based, or synthetic fillers to add volume to the lips
  • Lip Implants – a surgical way to permanently increase the size of the lips
  • Lip Lift Surgery – removal of excess skin between the nose and upper lip, lifting the position of the upper lip so that it is more visible
  • Lip Reduction Surgery – reduces the size of the lips when they are exceptionally large

The procedure that is most appropriate for you depends on your aesthetic goals and current circumstances. Your options can be explained in detail by an experienced cosmetic surgeon during a consultation.

Who Is a Candidate for Lip Enhancement?

  • A person who is in good health overall
  • A person who wishes to enhance the appearance of their lips
  • A person whose lips are uneven
  • A person who has realistic expectations about the results that can be achieved
  • A person who does not have any known preexisting allergies to the ingredients in lip fillers

Intended Results of Lip Enhancement

  • To improve the shape of the lips
  • To increase the size and fullness of the lips
  • To correct the symmetry of the lips
  • To reduce the size of the lips if they are very large

Procedure Description for Lip Fillers

  • A topical numbing agent or dental block may be applied
  • The filler will be injected with a needle or introduced with a cannula into the appropriate lip areas
  • The lips are enlarged instantaneously

Procedure Description for Lip Implant Surgery

  • Anesthesia is applied
  • Tiny incisions will be made in the skin
  • The implant is inserted into the lip
  • The incisions will be closed with sutures
  • The area will be dressed for healing

Procedure Description for Lip Lift Surgery

  • Anesthesia is applied
  • An incision is made beneath the nose or above the border of your upper lip where a strip of skin is removed
  • The lip is pulled up and incision will be sutured resulting in a lift of the upper lip

Procedure Description for Lip Reduction Surgery

  • Anesthesia is applied
  • An incision is made usually on the inside of the mouth
  • Excess fat and tissue is removed
  • The incision is sutured

Healing and Recovery for Lip Enhancement

  • It is important that you carefully follow your cosmetic surgeon’s instructions to ensure long-lasting results and avoid complications.
  • You may have some bruising, swelling, and discomfort immediately following lip enhancement procedures. After lip augmentation with fillers, these should dissipate after a few days to a week. With surgical procedures, recovery is usually 1-2 weeks.


The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.

Are you considering a Lip Enhancement? Visit our Find a Surgeon Directory to find a highly-qualified cosmetic surgeon near you.

Reviewed by Irene Gladstein, MD, FACS a board-certified oculoplastic surgeon and medical director at ENHANCE Aesthetic Arts with locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York.