I've always felt like my lips were too small. I've spent quite a bit of time examining them and I think my main problem is with my upper lip. It's very small and 50% of it is hidden. I've used a Q-tip to pull it up just to see how it would look and it is significantly bigger. I'm only 18 years old so I've never had any work done. I'm wondering if maybe a lip lift would help to solve my problem? In the short term, would Juvederm make any difference? Or any filler for that matter. Thank you!
Suggestions on how to address upper lip? (photo)
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Solutions for a Thin Upper Lip
A lip lift would shorten the distance between the bottom of your nose and the top of your upper lip. The industry standard for an “ideal” upper lip length is between 12-15mm. There are two types of upper lip lift surgery. The first type removes excess skin from the junction between the top of the lip and the skin above. This approach is also called a lip roll because it repositions the top lip to roll slightly upwards. Unfortunately, this method can leave a visible scar. The second, more popular type of upper lip lift removes the excess skin from below the nose (called a subnasal upper lip lift). This way the scar is well hidden below the nose. This procedure is often used with older patients who tend to scar better because of the loose character of their skin.
Surgical procedures are a serious decision and there are many non-surgical options that can help you achieve the facial balance and symmetry you are looking for.
Dermal fillers like Restylane®, JUVEDERM®, and RADIESSE® can be used to provide volume to the lips as well as strategically fill in areas that need extra plumping to even out the appearance of the entire lip.
The other great thing about using fillers is that you can get an idea of the fullness you’d like to achieve without the commitment of a surgical procedure that will last forever. Lip augmentation using fillers typically lasts 4-6 months, so it could be a great starting point for you.
Lip Lift Or Fillers?
Dr Dhaval Patel Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Chicago Hoffman Estates Oak Brook
Nonsurgical Lip Augmentation With Volumizers & Fillers Can Restore Proper Proportions To The Lips
For lips to look natural, the upper lip, in side view, should project slightly more than the lower lip, in a ratio of approximately 1.5X more than the outward projection of the lower lip. In front view, the ratio is reversed. In vertical height, the ideal lower lip should be approximately 1.5X that of the upper lip. For the body of the lips, I generally prefer Juvederm UltraPlus XC.
The size and shape MUST be tailored to the size, shape and characteristics of each and every patient.
Unfortunately, all too many inexperienced injectors have created lips that in side view look
"duck like" or what has been called the "trout pout" and in front view appear like "sausage" lips. This comes from a lack of awareness of the appropriate and natural proportions of the lips in relation to each other and to the surrounding skin and that any exaggeration of these proportions can give rise to the undesirable results just described. The intent of treatment is not to have a person's lips enter the room before she does. You should seek consultation with a board certified core aesthetic physician with extensive experience in treating lips nonsurgically.
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Upper Lip Options
Injectable Filler Before Subnasal Lip Lift
You should try an injectable filler first into the upper lip just to see if it produces a positive improvement. But a subnasal lip lift appears to be the better permanent solution. But it is a good idea to do a reversible filler first to be sure.
Enhancement of Upper Lip With Juvederm
Lip enhancement can produce a wide range of outcomes depending on the placements of the injections. For example, many women opt for a very plump upper lip with a flattened cupids bow. However, the injector can also raise and accentuate the cupid’s bow. Here is a video of a patient before and after her Juvederm procedure.
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