Possible to Make Upper Lip Bigger and Mouth Wider?

My top lip is really small. also my mouth from left to right is small. Is there a procedure to fix these two problems?

Doctor Answers 7

Just plumping up the upper lip will dramatically improve your look overall.

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Plumping up the upper lip is so easy and will dramatically improve your overall look so much that you probably won't want or need your lips widened at all.  Lip implants are $1500-2000 for the upper lip and are easy to put in and natural looking. 

Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

Upper lip augmentation

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Augmenting a lip is an artistic endeavor.  It is not just a matter of pumping up the lip indiscriminately.  Rather, the doctor should consider which portions of the lip should be augmented.  As my colleagues have pointed out, increasing the actual width of the lip is not a good procedure to do for strictly cosmetic regions.  However, increasing the APPARENT width of the lip is routinely performed, generally by augmenting the lateral portions of the lip.

Many patients notice that their lips appear narrower than they did 10 or 20 years ago.  They are in fact not narrower at all, but deflated, and targeted augmentation of the lips is entirely possible. 

When augmenting a lip, the dynamic with the remainder of the area around the mouth, and of the face as a whole, should be considered.  It is often a poor idea just to augment the lip excessively and forget the remainder of the face.  It produces an artificial, ridiculous look that is not harmonious, believable or pretty.

For temporary augmentation, we prefer Juvederm XC.  For more permanent augmentation, we prefer autologous fat fascial grafts.

Brent Moelleken, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 194 reviews

Upper lip problems

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Certainly the upper lip can be improved ion terms of its volume. This can easily be accomplished with filler materials. 

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

Lip Augmentation

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There are several ways to enhance the size of the lip. These include injection of an off the shelf filler or fat or placement of an implant. This should not be overdone, as the upper lip is normally only two thirds the size if the lower. There is no way to cosmetically widen the lips, however.

Robert T. Buchanan, MD
Highlands Plastic Surgeon

Lip augmentation without duck appearance

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Augmenting the lips can truly enhance your aesthetic appearance with little downtime.  Fillers such as Restylane or Juvederm work wonderfully in this area.  A conservative approach is essentail to avoid a "duck" appearance.  Fullness, volume, pout, and definition of the border can be enhanced with injectable fillers.  Permanent lip augmentation requires a lip implant (typically made of silastic) or a lip lift.   Widening the mouth or lips is not a recommended procedure.

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

Upper lip aesthetics

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It is easy to add fullness to the upper lips especially with fillers like Restylane.  Widening the mouth would necessatate scars which you wouldn't want to have.  As Dr. Aldea said, these procedures are usually reserved for reconstructive cases like burns where the mouth has been injured and the opening is smaller than ideal.

Upper Lip Fullness

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The Upper lip can be made fuller with a variety of fillers and implants - with a variable degree of success. Widening the mouth is an unusual request. It is usually done in reconstructive surgery as correction for burns affecting the corners of the mouth. It is possible but on close inspection will be functional but far from cosmetically pleasing.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon

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