How Can I Get Fuller Lips?

lip plumpers sold at the beuaty counters are not making my lips poutier. What is recommended? Injections? Implants?

Doctor Answers 21

Use a temporary injectible before considering permanent lip augmentation

I do a large number of permanent lip augmentation using the patient's own tissue (most ofter concurrently with a facelift).  However, for patients who see lip enhancement only, I would recommend that they try a temporary filler first to make sure they like the results.  If so, then these can be repeated or a permanent solution can be undertaken with the knowledge that the patient will definitely like the result.

Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Lip Plumpers, Lip Augmentation, and Facial Fillers

Most plastic surgeons will agree that the safest and most predictable treatment choice for lip augmentation are the hyaluronic acid facial fillers including juvederm and restylane. These products are safe and have a very low allergic profile.

In many cases, Restylane and Juvederm are used to augment the upper lip elements and the lower lip. Juvederm is extremely safe and is used in my own practice to highlight upper lip anatomic elements and add volume to the upper and lower lip.

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 90 reviews

Dermal fillers are good to plump lips

If over-the-counter products are not providing you with adequate results, the next step would be a dermal filler such as Juvederm. I would recommend against having any implants or permanent lip fillers (such as silicone) placed, since these can be very difficult to remove if you do not like the results. Good luck with your injections.

David Shafer, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 72 reviews

Juvederm injections are your best bet

We have found that Juvederm injections are the best treatment for getting beautiful full lips. We like Restylane as well, but it can feel slightly lumpy, and Juvederm is fantastic for the lips. It looks natural and it is soft, so nobody else has to know what you have done. The amount of product varies, but most patients are happy with one syringe, and some want two syringes. As with anything, the person injecting it is the most important factor in your quest for fuller lips.

Stella Desyatnikova, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

Lip fillers are a safe, natural way to increase lip size.

The best way to achieve fuller lips is with hyaluronic acid gel filler injections. HA fillers are safe and effective, and if you don’t like how it looks for any reason they can be dissolved. My recommendation is to visit a board-certified dermatologist for a consultation to discuss your goals and come up with the best treatment plan to get you the lips you want.

Douglas Wu, MD
San Diego Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

HA fillers are great for fuller lips

Fuller lips can often be achieved successfully with hyaluronic acid gel fillers such as Restylane or Juvederm. When injected by a skilled, board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon, filler injections can plump the lips in a very natural looking manner. I recommend visiting a skilled injector for an in-person consultation to find a custom treatment plan for your goals.

Mitchel P. Goldman, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 15 reviews


The best and safest way to get bigger lips is by using fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane. These are not permanent procedures because the FDA has not approved of any permanent filler for the lips area yet. Depending on how many cc’s are injected price can vary.

Lip enhancement with hyaluronic acid based fillers

Lip enhancement with a hyaluronic acid based filler can help you achieve an improvement of your lips. Results are temporary, which is good because you can alter the results achieved on subsequent treatments to accommodate changing preferences. In addition, results can be reversed if you don't like them with a simple injection of hyaluronidase.  

Fuller lips

We usually start out with a hyaluronic acid based filler, (i.e.; juvederm, restylane). It usually gives soft, kissable, natural results. Best to see a few experienced injectors and see what they offer. 

Jeffrey J. Roth, MD, FACS
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

Lip Augmentation and Fuller lips

Lip augmentation is a procedure that encompasses all age groups and both genders (that’s right, men too!). Juvederm is the most popular option for lip augmentation for 2 reasons: cost and temporary duration.  Many women who have lip augmentation for the first time are afraid of how their lips will look in the long term and prefer the shorter duration so not to look like a ‘duck’ or many other poorly augmented women on TV and magazines.  It’s usually after they become accustomed to this augmentation and have found a plastic surgeon they trust and is consistent will they usually allow their augmentation performed with permanent implant. We use a perma lip implant that feels natural and looks natural. It’s made up of a silastic material that provides a naturally smooth feel; it's a material that has been used as an implant material for decades and is tried and true. The advantage to permanent implants is the lack of maintenance once placed. The disadvantage is the innate fear in many individuals to have a permanent fix. In our practice, both procedures are very popular. If we are augmenting the face during a facelift with fat then we will also augment the lips with fat to provide a 2-3 year improvement unless the patient desires a longer lasting alternative. We specialize in natural procedures which is our niche and lip augmentation is no exception. Lips augmentation should be age-appropriate, natural, and well -defined without appearing large or unbalanced. 

Mike Majmundar, MD
Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

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