The Truth About Lip Injections


There’s no question that we have a love-hate relationship with lips. We love the perfect picture of Angelina Jolie’s naturally full lips. We cringe at the not-so-realistic attempts at reproducing them (hence the terms “duck lips” and “trout pout”). We criticize 18-year-old Kylie Jenner for getting her lips done at too young an age, but may secretly harbor resentment because her results look, well, fabulous. (Do you expect anything less from a Jenner?).

The fact is, there are many layers to lip augmentation — especially when it comes to getting it right. Not everyone can pull off Angelina or Kylie lips. There are individual limitations to lip enhancement that are determined by your natural lip contours, both in shape and in size. If you don’t work within yours, the risk is obvious. Just Google “duck lips.” You get the picture.

So let’s put aside all the media-driven ideas of lip augmentation with fillers and talk reality. The reality is a lot of women (a growing number of men too) have lip injections for different reasons. What’s more, you’d never guess it because the results are very natural. There is a science to creating natural-looking fuller lips based on anatomic lip “zones” to guide the injector.

I have patients of all kinds who come in for lip enhancement who feel like their lips are too thin or have noticed that they have changed (drooped, lost volume) with age. But it’s not just for those reasons. Lip fillers can also be used to minimize a gummy smile or to correct downturned corners of the mouth.

The takeaway here is this: One size does not fit all when it comes to lips, and a good injector will actively advise you so that you get a result that compliments you as an individual.

Dr. M

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Shrewsbury Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon