Julia Roberts and Kim Basinger are beautiful women. They have attracted our attention in movies such as “Pretty Woman” and “Batman.” They each have had many leading roles in popular movies both for their superb acting ability as well as their sex appeal. Women have come into the office wanting full sensuous lips like Kim Basinger. Why? the answer is obvious. But, can we create larger, more attractive lips? Yes, lip enlargement can be performed on both the upper and lower lips. After all, a pleasing smile with just the right amount of pout and fullness is very desirable.
Patients with thin weakly defined lip-skin margins, and aging and thinning lips will usually get the greatest benefit from lip enlargement procedures. As with most things, there is no one perfect or ideal operation to create larger, more full lips. Each procedure or option has its drawbacks. Collagen injections tend to last from several weeks to several months requiring repeat visits for repeat injections. Flap operations are more invasive, often requiring more follow-up and even secondary operations.
Usually patients opt for the less invasive methods of augmentation cheiloplasty (lip enlargement) which consists of either fat or collagen injections. Filler materials like collagen, or one’s own fat can be injected to increase the bulk of the lips. Some investigators have placed materials such as Gore-tex in the lips to augment the lips. Deeper portions of skin, dermis, or even muscle coverings (fascia) can be placed to enhance the lip. These procedures usually take little more than one hour and require very little post-operative care.
More involved operations like a lip lift or lip roll can be performed to increase the fullness of the lips. These cosmetic procedures can be performed at our state-of-the-art operatory facility. Most, if not all of these procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis. Our well trained medical staff will make your experience with us as pleasing as possible. Please call if you have any questions about these or other cosmetic plastic surgery procedures you are contemplating.