I Have Very Thin Lips, What Are My Options? (photo)

I want to get a natural look, but I have very thin lips and a small mouth. What filler should I choose? I'm 23 years old

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Options for thin lips

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Some type of hyaluronic acid (Juvederm, Restylane) would be simple and appropriate for improving your lip volume. It is important to remember that your doctor is not simply "blowing up your lips"-- There are very specific landmarks and highlights that are specifically augmented to give a nice attractive look for you. This is very easily done in the office with essentially no down-time.

Columbia Plastic Surgeon

Natural Lip Enhancement

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Hyaluronic Acid Fillers This is the most popular category of wrinkle fillers. Hyaluronic acid—found naturally in the skin, where it provides moisture, plumpness, firmness, and suppleness to skin—is the ingredient used in these fillers. Since your body produces less hyaluronic acid over time, these fillers can add volume back in the most natural looking way possible. Hyaluronic acid also attracts water to the surface of the skin keeping it fresh and supple. Some research also shows that repeated injections may help stimulate your own production of the skin-firming protein collagen.Restylane is used to add fullness and definition to the lips.The key is in the aesthetic eye of the dermatologist who is injecting each filler.

Lip Augmentation

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Thank you for your question. In my office I like to use dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane Silk for lip augmentation. These are hyaluronic acid fillers that can easily be dissolved with an enzyme known as hyaluronidase if you are unhappy with the results. I recommend having a consultation with an experienced and talented injector to determine the best treatment plan for you. Best of Luck! 

Hardik Soni, MD
Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
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Thin Lips and Options

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Based on your photos I would recommend starting conservatively.  Since you have naturally thin lips and want a natural look I would recommend that you start with a single syringe of either Restylane or Juvederm Volbella.  Each will give you a natural looking result and the key is to have the product injected into the "pillow" of the lips as opposed to the lip lines or borders which tend to look "duck" like. Please consult an expert in lip injections for the best cosmetic result. Best, Dr. Green

Dermatologist Will Choose Perfect HA Filler for Your Lips

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You don't have to worry in advance about which hyaluronic-acid-based filler to choose for yourself. This will be discussed and decided in your first consultation wth a board-certified dermatologist. 

The best options for the lips are the HA fillers such as Juvederm, Volbella and Restylane. Because your lips are thin, I would probably choose Volbella, Restylane Silk, or Restylane as they have thinner consistencies, are very smooth, and give a natural result. However, I'd have to see you in person to be sure which filler would give you the look you want. Please consult a board-certified dermatologist who has expertise in lip augmentation.

Options For Thin Lips

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If you have never had any cosmetic procedures to enhance your lips I recommend starting out with lip injections such as Belotero. Belotero is a dermal filler that contains hyaluronic acid, which is naturally found in the body. It binds with water found in the body which causes it to plump. It typically lasts around a year. If you are happy with the results of the dermal filler I would then consider a lip implant. This involves surgery but in the long run it is more cost efficient than returning for dermal fillers every year. I recommend that you find a board certified plastic surgeon with plenty of experience. 

Lip Enhancement Options

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For short-term volume enhancement of the lips, an array of temporary soft tissue fillers can be used: Juvederm is made of naturally occurring substance called hyaluronic acid. It is an injected filler that provides volume and hydration. Because hyaluronic acid is naturally found in the body, it does not cause allergic reactions.
 Restylane is also a hyaluronic acid filler. It maintains its shape by binding itself to water that is already present in the lips. 
Evolence is a new filler made of collagen that is designed to mimic the body's naturally occurring collagen. Because of this, the filler is able to join the current structure of the lips and support the existing collagen. It adds strength and volume to the lips for a natural, longer-lasting result. 

These fillers can last from a few months to a year.

Injectable Fillers in Thin Lips

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While injectable fillers is the most common method for lip augmentation, there are limitations to what they can achieve. Thin lips can not be made into full lips by any type of injectable fillers. They can be made better and somewhat fuller but care in injection must be done to avoid an over corrected look. Trying to use injectable fillers to make substantially bigger will create the well known and often described 'duck lip' look. But fillers are a good place to start so you can see what can be achieved. There are other more surgical lip augmentation methods available that can be explored if you find that injectable fillers do not produce satisfying results.  

I Have Very Thin Lips, What Are My Options?

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Aesthetically speaking, your lips are thin and the upper extremley thin.  Restylane or Juvederm can be used to fill out the lip however, due to the very thin nature of the lips IMO Alloderm Lip Implants would create fuller, more soft, supple lips.  Be sure the MD that does your Lip Augmentation understands and follows the proper aesthetics of facial beauty for the creation of naturally, more attractive lips.

Lip augmentation

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Filler materials that are absorbable like Perlane or Juvederm are great to augment the lips without overdoing it.

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