Lip Lift or Collagen Injections for Thin Upper Lip?

I have thin upper lip and full lower lip. Should I have lip lift or collagen injections to even out the upper lip? What are the average price differences between both?

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Lip Lift or Lip Filler for Thin Upper Lip?

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Thank you for your question. There is a distinct difference between adding volume to the upper lip and lifting the upper lip. The answer as to which approach may be most appropriate for you depends upon exactly what you would like to accomplish.

Simple volumization of the upper lip may be accomplished using dermal fillers, fat transfer to the lips or lip implantation.

The Lip Lift procedure is performed to accentuate the size and/or shape of the upper lip by removing skin from the region just underneath the nose. As the distance is decreased between the nose and the lip, the red lip is 'lifted'. In appropriate individuals, shortening this distance may impart or restore a more favorable balance to lips and face. Although not the primary goal of the lip lift procedure, in some cases following a lip lift, there is some 'rolling out' of the upper lip which appears to add lip volume. This is most apparent in individuals with more full upper lips. 

Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Lip Lift vs filler injections

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Selecting the correct procedure would require thorough analysis of your lip.  Specifically lip length vs lip substance of fullness.  The surgeon will take into account your facial anatomy, your dentition and your smile to decide on the optimum result.  Often both lifting and filling is required.

Boris M. Ackerman, MD
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Lip Lift, Lip Fill or Both for a Sexier Upper Lip

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First determine if the lip is in its proper position with a hint of white incisors seen on smiling . There is NO point in filling a lip which covers the teeth (and requires lifting like a curtain) or which shows the gums (and requires gentle lowering with Botox). Once the position of the lip is secured in the proper place, the lip can be filled.

The lip is BEST filled with either Juvederm or Restylane for a soft, non-foreign body feeling, sexy result. The philtral columns (pillars) and the junction of the skin with the lip lining (White line) is filled for better accentuation. There is NO REASON why this should not be done tastefully without the over-done duck lips everybody fears having.

To read more about the artistry of Lip filling, follow the link below -

Dr. P. Aldea

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon


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Lip lifts will reduce the distance from the nose the the red portion of your lip. Fillers will enlarge the red portion of the lip. In some instances both are needed.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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A long lip will need a lift, a thin lip will need filler

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If your upper lip is thin but the distance from your nose to the red part of your upper lip isis NOT long, then all you need is a filler to plump up the lip.

If your upper lip is thin AND you have a long distance from the base of the nose to the red part of the lip OR your lip hangs down over your teeth and your incisor teeth are not visible when you part your mouth slightly, then a lip lift is in order. Ideally, you should see at least 3mm of the upper incisiors when your lips are parted slightly.

The cost for a lip lift is several thousand dollars as this is a surgical procedure. The cost of a filler is several hundred dollars, depending on how much filler you require.

Jonathan Hoenig, MD
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon

Lip Lift or Lip injections

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The first clue as to whether you need a lip lift or a lip augmentation is whether you can see any amount of teeth when your lips are completely at rest. If there is zero teeth show, then you would not want to augment, as the lips would simply move outward. This can result in a duck lip type result--not a good look.

The lip lift will remove the extra space between the bottom of the nose and the top lip to expose a slight amount of teeth. Raising the lip usually gives the appearance of a fuller lip--It's a great look.

Please watch my video on lip lift or lip augmentation. Feel free to ask questions at my blog!

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Dr. Rodriguez

Ricardo L. Rodriguez, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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