Fuller Lips Without Injections

i want my lips to look fuller but am scared if i use fillers that it will look unnatural? what is the best way to make fuller lips without the injections? thick veneers could maybe help ?

Doctor Answers 8

Fuller lips

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For some reason, society seems to be focused on the ‘fullness’ with a complete disregard for the other features that make beautiful lips. The result is that there are a lot of duck lips out there. If you feel like you would benefit from having fuller lips but are worried about fillers looking unnatural I would recommend considering either fat injections (for a softer, more natural look) or a lip lift (to reshape the cupid's bow and shorten the upper lip which can, in some cases, enhance the appearance of youth and fullness).

Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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Natural looking lip augmentation

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Lip plumping makeup can help give your lips a bit of a fuller look, but we have found that the result is very, very subtle. Veneers may help but they will also make your teeth more prominent.

It is possible to have a natural looking result, but make sure you express your expectations with your experienced injector before your treatment.

Subnasal lip lift

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A subnasal lip lift is one option to make the red lip look appear fuller.  The basis for this surgery is to decrease the amount of white upper lip by removing approximately 1/3 of it with a bullhorn shaped excision under the nose.  This increases the red to white lip ratio making the red lip appear fuller.  The actual fullness of the red lip often improves with this procedure.  Please see my website and link to my book chapter on this topic for further detail. 

Kevin Ende, MD
Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgeon

Fuller lips

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The only way to obtain fuller lips is to inject fillers or fat.  Lip advancement techniques may help make the lips fuller.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Achieving fuller lips

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There are only 3 methods of achieving fuller lips. Any of these can be overdone. The trick is to achieve a normal balance to the lip for your face. The first is an externally applied “plumper” that causes the lip to swell for a short time (hours). The second is lip elevation surgery. This only works in people with long upper lips and is most commonly used to correct the elongation of the lip that occurs as you age. It can be done just under the nose or at the skin-mucosa border of the lip. It shortens the lip and turns the mucosa out. The third is use of a filler. This can be one of the injectables or a surgically placed implant. The latter simply plumps the mucosal part of the lips permanently (depending on the implant). Injections can do this also for up to a year. They can also sculpt the lip back to a more normal appearance if you have lost the normal fullness with aging (or even surgery). They do not have to fill the mucosal part of the lip. Instead, they can be placed at the mucosal-skin border to return the normal roll there and under the skin just above the border to fill the area that age deflated. You did not state your age. If you are young, one of the fillers is your best bet, at least at first to see what you like. If you are older and have lost lip substance, then any of these could work for you. Either way, you need to discuss your desires and fears with an experienced surgeon. Do not just go in and say, “I want my lips plumped.” Instead, decide exactly what you wish to achieve, and express that when you arrive.

Robert T. Buchanan, MD
Highlands Plastic Surgeon

Lip lift

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Lip augmentation without injection can be achieved with a lip lift.  A small incision is made at the junction of the white and red portion of the lip and the red portion is advanced giving the appearance of a fuller lip with more pout.  The lip lift is permanent with a nearly invisible scar and gives a natural appearance.

Etai Funk, MD
Houston Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 69 reviews

Topical lip plumpers help to make lips look plumper but lasts only 2 hrs.

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Topical lip plumpers do help to make lips look plumper for 2 hrs then you have to reapply it every 2 hrs. 


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David Hansen, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

Fuller Lips without injections

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There are some topical ointments that can be used to give fuller lips. They basically cause some sweeling of the lip lining which makes the lip look fuller.

Jacob D. Steiger, MD
Boca Raton Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 71 reviews

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