My preference for lip enhancement is to use injectible fillers. My two favorite fillers are Juvederm and Restylane.
I like these products because they are easy to use and they last a pretty long time, at least 1 year. Either can be placed in the office under a local dental block and it usually only takes about 15 to 20 minutes. I also like that the products give a 1:1 correction. In other words, when we inject the lip and plump it, what you see is what you get, which increases patient satisfaction. This way the patient can hold a hand mirror and make sure she gets exactly what she wants. In the past, with some of the collagens, we had to over-correct anticipating some absorption so our results were less certain.
There are permanent implantable lip plumpers but these have historically been plagued with palpability, extrusion, and infection problems. Personally, I prefer to stay away from these.
Fat is also a good filler choice. A small amount of fat can be harvested from your tummy or thigh and then re-injected. This is a very good technique and I think you will find some plastic surgeons who prefer this and others who prefer the Hyaluronic Fillers. Both are good.
Lee Corbett, MD
All posts on this blog are authored by Louisville Restylane expert, Dr. Lee Corbett.