Our lips lose volume and definition as we age. Some individuals are born with similarly thin, poorly defined lips. Elegant, refined lips have complex curves, volumes and proportions. Dermal fillers such as Restylane® are an effective non-surgical treatment to increase the volume, fullness, and definition of the lips. However, lip enhancement requires a detailed understanding of anatomy to achieve natural, balanced results. Dr. Harmon is a fellowship trained facial plastic surgeon who focuses exclusively on surgical and non-surgical procedures of the face. He will work closely with each individual to develop a plan to maintain the delicate proportions and enhance the defining features of the lips.
Lip Enhancement Before & After
Am I a good candidate?
Some individuals have concerns about the volume and/or definition of the upper and/or lower lip. Young individuals are often born with these features and older individuals often develop these features as they age.
Most candidates for lip enhancement range in age from 20s to 70s. A consultation is recommended to determine candidacy for the procedure, because there may be factors that preclude this procedure for certain individuals. Reasonable expectations must be established about what lip enhancement can and cannot accomplish as with all plastic surgery procedures.
Recovery from lip enhancement is generally minimal and always specific to the individual. The duration of recovery will vary from person to person. There are no incisions made with lip enhancement.
Some swelling is expected after lip enhancement. Post-treatment swelling is usually significantly improved or resolved within 2 to 7 days. Post-treatment bruising is generally minimal and is usually significantly improved or resolved within 5 to 7 days.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who performs all lip enhancement procedures at Harmon Facial Plastic Surgery?
- Dr. Jeffrey Harmon performs all lip enhancement procedures himself. Dr. Harmon has the detailed understanding of facial anatomy and the experience as a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon to provide the safest, most effective treatment.
- What type of anesthesia is required?
- Lip enhancement can generally be performed comfortably with topical anesthesia with or without injected local anesthesia.
- How does placement of hyaluronic acid filler in my lip differ from a lip lift?
- The red portion of our lips thins (loses height) and loses volume as we age. Some individuals are born with thin, deflated lips. Lip filler can address some of the deflated volume of the lips beautifully. However, lip filler cannot increase the height of the red lip without projecting it, potentially creating a “duck-lipped” appearance. In addition to the red lip, the area of the lip between the red lip and the base of the nose lengthens as we age. This length can be worsened by overfilling the lip with hyaluronic acid. The lip lift can be an excellent option to improve the height of the red lip while preserving the architecture of the lip that imparts beauty as well as the length of the lip between the red lip and base of nose.
Disclaimer: Some treatments and statements have been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Other treatments may be used off-label as defined by the Food and Drug Administration. Specific information on whether a treatment is considered off-label by the Food and Drug Administration can be obtained at Harmon Facial Plastic Surgery.