Lip Augmentation: Different Techniques for Different Shapes of Lips?

I have petite Cupid's bow lips. Is there a certain technique for injecting fillers with my shape of lips that proportionally enhances my lips as opposed to others? E.g. Targeting specific areas of lips, such as central vermilion border as opposed to outer vermilion border (excuse me if I'm mistaken in such vocabulary). I would assume most would like to look as natural to their given shape as possible.

Doctor Answers 11

Lip Augmentation Customized For Each Individual

Any experienced, well-trained injector (who should be a board-certified dermatologist or facial plastic surgeon) should be able to customize the treatment to meet your needs and your lip anatomy. As mentioned by another physician, there is no one way to inject the lips. Every individual's lips have their own unique anatomy and an experienced injector will know how to augment lips according to the anatomy and the patients' desires.



New York Dermatologist
4.1 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Different techniques are available for desired lip shapes

Restylane and Juvederm are clearly the best fillers for the lips. What is done with them is based on what you and your board-certified injector decide. It really takes a face-to-face consultation to see what you need as the treatment plan is (or should be customized) for each patient.

Injections along the vermillion border typically enhance the projection or pout of the lip. It can also partly obliterate small fine vertical smoker's type lines. Injections in the body of the red lip enhance red lip volume. Depending on your specific anatomy, a combination of injection techniques will be used.

With respect to "central or outer," I typically inject more centrally than laterally on a relative basis. This is because overzealous injections laterally can make your lips look very unnatural and almost sausage-like. I'm sure you've seen the pictures of celebrity lip enhancements gone bad. Regarding your specific question around the cupid's bow, one should be careful the curve is not obliterated through injection technique since this can also look unnatural.

In sum, go to someone to a board-certified injector with experience in this area and whose explanations resonate with your desired end result. Have a great day.

Michael M. Kim, MD
Portland Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Individually tailored lip augmentation

  I agree with the last doctor.  I think that lip augmentation can be tailored to fit your desires when using injectable fillers.  There is no right or wrong way to inject.  The good doctor will listen to the patient's desires and adjust his/her technique accordingly.

Lawrence Kass, MD
Saint Petersburg Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 134 reviews

Experts Treat Each Set of Lips Differently

No two set of lips is identical and therefore there is no injection technique that would work for everyone. That's why the consultation is such an important part of your treatment by a board-certified dermatologist. He or she will look at the anatomical structure of your lips plus learn about the effects you would like to produce with a dermal filler such as the hyaluronic-acid-based Juvederm. 

Their knowledge of aesthetics and anatomy allows them to determine where the injections should go and how much product to use. Ideally, the overall effect should look very natural and be in harmony with the rest of your face. Please consult a board-certified dermatologist who has expertise in lip augmentation for the best and most natural-lookng results.

Douglas Wu, MD
San Diego Dermatologist
4.9 out of 5 stars 47 reviews

Techniques Used For Lip Augmentation

Yes, different techniques are used depending on the shape and size of one's natural lip. A well trained injector will know which technique to use that will enhance the natural lips that you already have. I recommend having a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon. Good luck to you.

Edward E. Dickerson, IV, MD
Fayetteville Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 120 reviews

Lip injection techniques

Everyone's lips are different, both in shape, size and volume. So every lip injection has to be differently tailored to the patient.  A competent injector will spend time evaluating your lips and surrounding skin, then formulate a plan to augment your lips and give them the fullest, most natural lips possible.  If you feel you are getting the "one size fits all" treatment, look elsewhere.

Matheson A. Harris, MD
Salt Lake City Oculoplastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Lip augmentation techniques

The technique used for a lip augmentation really depends on the individual circumstances of the patient.  For filling the lips, I like to use Juvedem. It is very soft, and yields a great looking and natural result.  A physician who is experienced with filler will be able to tailor the procedure to your individual needs.  I would recommend choosing a board certified physician that has a great deal of experience. Thank you and I hope this helps.

Paul S. Nassif, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 47 reviews

Different techniques for Lip enhancement

Dear Julia,

Everyone has different asymmetries in their lips from left to right, and upper to lower.  A great injector listens to their client and can advise what your lips can look like if you put the filler within the locations of your concern.  I frequently inject more or less filler depending on where it is needed.  Our goal is to make your lips look great and natural because you are our walking advertisement.  Try a consultation to get all of your specific questions answered.  I have found that lip enhancement has one of the highest satisfaction rates when done properly.


Nima Shemirani

Nima Shemirani, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 74 reviews

Techniques for lip augmentation

Juvederm or Restylane are the best choices for lip augmentation. They can be used to replace lost volume, define the vermilion borders and create a more youthful curl, elevate and lift the corners of the mouth, and correct vertical wrinkle lines. Either filler can restore the natural contour of the upper and lower lip and enhance the Cupid’s bow area. You need to carefully express your desires and remember your results depend upon the skill and experience of your physician injector. The video link below shows me injecting my wife’s lips with Restylane!

Mitchell Schwartz, MD
South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Lip Augmentation: Different Techniques for Different Shapes of Lips?

 Using fillers to shape the lips or the face properly requires an understanding of the proper aesthetics of facial (and lip) beauty for the creation of a naturally, more attractive face and lips.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.