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Lip Contouring

Lip Definition     Lip Volume    

Many women desire more sensual or voluptuous lips.  Additionally, many women and a growing number of men are looking for more lip definition.  In either case, advanced dermal fillers (sometimes in combination with BOTOX®  are the leading option for non-surgical lip enhancement. 

Most medical professionals choose soft hyaluronic acid fillers like  Juvederm®, Restylane® or Perlane® for lip enhancement procedures.  Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring substance found in the body that provides the skin with volume and hydration, providing a nice, natural lip enhancement.

Lip Definition

While some individuals are born with less-defined lips, many other individuals lose definition over the years, as the lips and nasal  philtrum (the ridge area between the nose and lips) tend to flatten out.  Even individuals who do not want plump, voluptuous lips can make subtle, yet definitive changes in their appearance by adding definition to the ridges of the lips and nasal philtrum.

To regain definition, medical practitioners will generally place advanced dermal fillers into the vermilion borders of the lips and perhaps into the ridges of the Lip Enhancement Before and After Picture nasal philtrum.  (The vermilion border is the upper ridge of the upper lip and the lower ridge of the lower lip.) 

In addition to dermal fillers, BOTOX® may be used to help roll the lips outward.  BOTOX® placement can help add definition and make thinner, flatter lips look more appealing.  BOTOX® is usually placed at or slightly above the upper vermilion border and at the lower vermilion border.  Dermal fillers and BOTOX® also help with lines and lipstick bleeding around the lips and mouth.


Lip Volume

To make lips more voluptuous, healthcare professionals will use a variety of techniques, depending Lips Before and After Picture upon the patient’s particular facial attributes and goals. 

If the lips need more definition, then the medical practitioner will likely perform some or all of the procedures discussed in the Lip Definition segment above.  In a few instances, these procedures may be all that is necessary to give the lips a more sensuous look. 

Sometimes, however, medical practitioners will not place dermal fillers in the upper vermilion border because the dermal filler can weigh down the upper lip and pull it down (when the intent is to essentially roll the lip up and Fuller Lips Before and After Picture out a little).  The choice whether to place dermal fillers in the upper vermilion border can also depend upon the patient’s facial structure and desired outcome. 

To add volume to the lips, healthcare professionals will most often place dermal fillers such as Juvederm® Ultra Plus or Perlane® on the inside of the upper and lower lips, or mucosa. This augmentation procedure not only bulks the lips, but can moderately elongate the lips – a further benefit for those whose mouth area has become puckered. 

Some patients want their lips to look more fleshy or pouty.  In these instances, medical practitioners will usually place a Lip Enhancement Before and After Picture greater amount of the dermal filler towards the corners of the mouth.  BOTOX® may also be used to roll the lips out somewhat, which can accentuate the results.  If a patient already has full, shapely lips but desires a poutier look, then some doctors may use BOTOX® without dermal fillers.

The lips, perhaps more than any other facial feature, are an area where the medical practitioner’s artistry comes into play.  It is advisable to select a medical professional who has performed at least hundreds of dermal filler procedures because techniques are often refined over time.  Mark M Hamilton MD Botox Glabella Before After Picture

A medical practitioner who is more experienced in these procedures will be far more likely to achieve better, more pleasing and enduring results, which means you are getting more for your money. We have determined a number of medical practitioners nationally who have extensive experience or training with dermal filler medical procedures.  To see a list of experienced healthcare professionals in your area, or to receive a special discount on your procedure, click here.


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*This web site is designed to educate individuals about dermal filler and botulinum toxin procedure options being used by various physicians in the U.S. and abroad.  The information is not intended to be medical advice or endorsement of any particular procedure or product. Consult your physician for medical advice. Companies who manufacturer FDA-approved dermal fillers and botulinum toxins typically do not seek FDA approval for all procedures and facial areas. Many of the procedures  discussed on this site are "off-label", yet widely used by plastic surgeons, dermatologists and other physicians in the U.S. and abroad. Dermal Filler News is not affiliated with any medical device manufacturer.