Lip augmentation and lip lifts are procedures designed to give you fuller, plumper lips. Lip augmentation can be performed with injectable dermal fillers or fat injections. A surgical lip lift subtly shortens the space between nose and the upper lip, making your lips more pronounced. Either of these treatments can give you a fresher, plumper pout.
Who is a Candidate for a Lip Lift or Lip Augmentation?
If you would like to add plumpness or volume to your lips, you may be considering a lip procedure. Whether your lips have always been thin, or they are thinning due to the aging process, lip augmentation using dermal fillers can add shape, volume, and definition to your lips.
Surgical Lip Lift
If you want to reduce the space between your nose and lips, a lip lift may be a more suitable option for you. This space increases with age and makes your lips look thinner. A lip lift will make the red part of your lip curl outward, making it appear fuller. Lip lifts can also be a good choice for younger people who want to increase the definition of their upper lip or feel that fillers make their lips look overdone. A lip lift adds height to your lips without adding volume. A small quantity of skin and tissue is removed beneath the nose to elevate the lip structure and reveal more lip structure for an exceptionally lovely, natural-looking lip enhancement.
What is the Difference Between Lip Augmentation and a Lip Lift?
These procedures are performed to make your lips appear fuller. Depending on your circumstances and your goals, one may be more suitable for you than the other. Most lip augmentations are done using dermal fillers, whereas a lip lift is a surgical procedure. Each procedure has its own benefits:
Lip Augmentation Using Dermal Fillers:
- Adds volume to lips with a quick and non-invasive procedure
- Results are temporary and the amount of filler injected can be varied each time
- Makes your upper lip look larger and more defined without adding volume
- Suitable for patients with droopy, thin lips due to aging
- Results are long-lasting and repeat treatments are not needed
- Can be performed in combination with dermal lip fillers
Your Lip Procedure
Lip augmentation using dermal fillers is a quick and straightforward procedure requiring no downtime. You may experience some discomfort during injection, but any pain is typically minimal. Results are visible immediately and usually last for six to twelve months.
Lip lifts are usually performed using local anesthetics, as the procedure is minor. Dr. Sofonio will remove a small strip of skin between your upper lip and your nose and lift your upper lip.
Following your surgery, you should plan to rest for the first 24 hours and avoid strenuous activity for the first few weeks. Any swelling and bruising typically resolves within two weeks.
Why Choose Dr. Sofonio?
Dr. Sofonio is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon in the Palm Springs area who is passionate about helping you lead a happier, more confident life. His treatments are customized and never assembly line, and he strives to exceed your expectations. Using the best aesthetic technology available worldwide, Dr. Sofonio works with you personally to achieve your aesthetic goals.