Beverly Hills Lip Augmentation
Achieve a Confident, Radiant Smile with Full Lips
Cosmetic surgeons have practiced lip augmentation (also known as lip enlargement
or lip enhancement), since the 1960s; however, the popularity of the surgery
has skyrocketed in recent years, as the surgical techniques and materials
have improved, leading to better results and overall safety of the lip
augmentation procedure. Unlike some plastic-surgery procedures, nearly
anyone can be a candidate for lip augmentation, and patients choose lip-enhancement
procedures not only to enlarge their lips but also to correct asymmetries
Beverly Hills lip enhancement procedures can resolve the problems of patients
with the following problems in the lip region:
Irregular Border: the right side of the upper or lower lip (or both lips) is larger or
smaller than the left side.
Thin, Flat Lips: a result of genetics and aging
Insufficient Upper Lip: augmentation can be performed on the upper lip, and a surgical procedure
called a “lip lift” can be combined with lip augmentation
to maximize results
Insufficient Bottom Lip: although rare, occasionally, the lower lip is significantly thinner than
the upper lip
Macrochelia (overly prominent lips): Although full lips are currently desirable, excessively prominent lips
may interfere with oral function
High Lip Line (gummy smile): the smiles of patients with a high lip line expose too much of the gum
tissues—lip surgery can rectify this problem
Lip Lines: fine lines around the mouth, resulting from natural aging
Lip enhancement treatments at our Beverly Hills plastic surgery are relatively
quick and simple ways to achieve the plumper, more symmetrical lips you
desire. With today’s technology, lip augmentation is a comfortable,
safe, and predictable procedure that
Dr. Gabbay will customize to meet your individual needs and aesthetic goals.
Lip Augmentation Options
There are many options to consider when deciding to undergo lip augmentation
Dr. Gabbay will go over all of these options with you during your consultation, ensuring
that you select the best option for your specific aesthetic goals. During
the lip augmentation procedure, lips are injected with collagen or with
the patient’s own fat that has been transferred from another region
of the body. Both liquid collagen and fat are absorbed by the body, and
repeat treatments are necessary in order to maintain the results.
Lip augmentation procedures range from a simple 20-minute office visit,
requiring no anesthesia or recovery time, to a surgical procedure, requiring
general anesthesia and a longer recovery time. No matter the cause, if
you are unhappy with the way your lips look it may be time to consider
lip enhancement from
Gabbay Plastic Surgery. If you would like more information about lip augmentation surgery, please
contact our Beverly Hills plastic surgeon and we will be happy to answer
any and all of your questions and schedule an initial, complimentary consultation
with Dr. Gabbay. You may also click the link below to read a more in-depth
description of the lip augmentation procedure.
What Makes a Great Lip?
The goal of lip augmentation is to keep the lip size in the correct ratio
relative to rest of the face. Although standards of lip attractiveness
may vary somewhat by individual preference, in general, attractive lips
have the following qualities:
- The bottom lip is roughly 75% larger than the top lip. On profile, the
upper lips ideally project approximately 2mm beyond the lower lip, which,
in turn, projects 2mm beyond the most forward portion of the chin.
- Slight upper tooth show is desirable when the lips are parted.
- The top lip, although smaller vertically, protrudes slightly further than
the bottom lip, creating an attractive “pout”.
- A defined philtrum (the vertical groove on the surface of the upper lip,
below the septum of the nose) adds the appearance of youth and attractiveness.
It can also cause a lifting effect on the top lip enhancing the top lip
pout as well as affecting the number of teeth that will show. When the
philtrum is undefined, it creates a flat, elongated appearance of the
skin between the nose and upper lip.
- A healthy uniform surface with good hydration
- A distinct “Cupids Bow” and a defined “Vermillion Border”
- There is a 4mm depression between the lower lip and chin.
Your lips are a tactile organ with an essential role in human anatomy and
function. The lips are responsible for the intake of food and fluids,
facial expression and speech enunciation. Age, sun exposure, personal
habits (such as cigarette smoking) and the pull of gravity cause the philtral
columns (two parallel thickenings of skin extending from the lip up to
the base of the nose) to change. As a result, vertical lip lines become
noticeable, and lip volume diminishes.
The lips swell easily when bruised, hit, or cut, and the soft tissue of
the lips is constantly subjected to stress due to high muscle activity
and pressure from the environment. The lip mucosa does not retain water
in the same way other skin tissue does making it susceptible to dehydration.
Unlike your eyes and nose, your lips have no solid structure to attach
to, making your lips the most variable feature on your face, and a very
delicate area to treat.
The areas of the lip that can be enhanced include:
The Vermillion Border: The vermilion border is the junction between the white and red part of
your lips and it is the most common area treated for lip augmentation.
By enhancing this area, it is possible to define the lips and outline
the borders to make them more distinct.
Cupid’s Bow: The Cupid’s bow or the “V-shaped” area in the center
of your upper lip can be enhanced to make the V more pronounced. If augmentation
is performed in conjunction with the philtrum, it can improve the overall
shape of the upper lip.
Vertical Lip Lines: Diminishing vertical lip lines creates a more youthful lip appearance.
Oral Commissures: The oral commissures are located in the corners of your mouth–filling
this area turns the corners of the lips up, creating a more aesthetically
Philtrum: The philtrum consists of the two lines in the center of your upper lip
that connect to the nose. By enhancing this “double-ridge”
it is possible to give the upper lip more shape and curve.
Is Lip Augmentation Right for You?
plastic-surgery procedures, nearly anyone can be a candidate for lip augmentation. Many patients
choose lip-enhancement procedures not only to enlarge their lips but also
to correct lip asymmetries or crookedness. Lip enhancement treatments
at Gabbay Plastic Surgery are a relatively quick and simple way to get
the plumper, more attractive lips you desire.
Lip enhancement can benefit patients who have lip problems including:
Irregular Border: Occurs when the lip shape is asymmetrical–to correct this, augmentation
of the deficient portion of the lip is recommended.
Thin, Flat Lips: In this case, the lips are thin and do not have fullness or definition.
The upper lip often presents as a straight line with no Cupid’s Bow.
Very Thin Upper Lip: For this problem, augmentation can be performed on the upper lip, and
a surgical procedure called a lip lift can be combined with the augmentation
to create a fuller upper lip.
Very Thin Bottom Lip: Although rare, the lower lip is occasionally significantly thinner than
the upper lip, which can be rectified by augmentation of the lower lip.
Prominent Lips: Although full lips are currently desirable, excessively prominent lips
may interfere with oral function. This problem can be corrected with lip
Gummy Smile: A normal smile shows all of the white teeth and only a small amount of
gum tissue, the High Lip Line case shows an excessive amount of gum tissue.
Lip Lines: Fillers can be used to smooth out lip lines caused by age or smoking.
During your consultation at Gabbay Plastic Surgery, Dr. Gabbay will examine
your lips, fat distribution, and facial anatomy to determine if lip augmentation
is right for you. He will look at your lips and philtrum and consider
your chin, nose, and cheeks when determining what lip size and shape would
best suit your individual face. You should arrive at your consultation
prepared to discuss your medical history, including information about
any medical conditions you may have, allergies, previous surgeries and
the medications you are currently taking (allergies are of particular
importance for lip augmentation procedures). Dr. Gabbay will listen to
your concerns and ask what you want to change about your lips before determining
will tell you which procedure would best match your appearance goals.
Temporary Lip Enhancements
The most common type of lip enhancement is injectable filler. There are
numerous types of injectable fillers that work by stimulating collagen
to plump up the injected area (Juvederm, Restylane, Belotero, Perlane,
etc.). Temporary injectable fillers last from a few weeks to over one
year, depending on the product used. Fillers can come from animal sources,
donated human sources (fat or tissue) or can be completely synthetic.
Some of the risks associated with lip fillers are lumpiness, firmness,
inflammation, and migration of the material. Depending on the extent of
your treatment, the process can last between 15-60 minutes. During the
procedure, a syringe will be used to inject the dermal filler into the
dermis at several points along the targeted area. After the injections,
the volume beneath your skin will increase, restoring a more youthful
We also offer fat transfer lip augmentation, during which Dr. Gabbay will
withdraw the fat from a discreetly located donor area of your body (such
as the stomach or buttocks) using a syringe. The extracted fat is processed
by simple centrifugation prior to re-injection into your lip area. The
duration of the fat injections varies significantly and can be long-lasting
Permanent Lip Enhancements
For those patients who want permanent lip enhancement, Dr. Gabbay offers
lip implant surgery, which generally lasts 30 mins-2 hours. The implants
he uses are composed of saline or silicone, which cannot rupture, deflate,
or degrade over time. The implants are available in a variety of diameters
and lengths to create customized results. Lip implant surgery is more
invasive than lip augmentation with injectable dermal fillers, and local
anesthesia with IV sedation is the typically preferred anesthesia source.
For this procedure, Dr. Gabbay will make a total of four incisions at
each corner of your mouth. He will then insert the implant into the lip
through the incisions, before suturing the incisions closed with dissolvable
sutures and dressing the wounds. Lip implants do not shrink, are never
absorbed into the body and never shift in place. Although they are designed
to be permanent, lip implants can be removed if your aesthetic preferences
change over time.
If a patient’s upper lips are too long, or the patient is displeased
with the appearance of their thin lips, they may be a good candidate for
a lip lift. This procedure is usually accomplished with minimal sedation
in an outpatient setting and involves the removal of excess skin and the
tightening of corresponding lip muscles.
Recovering from Lip Augmentation
When performed as a stand-alone procedure, most non-surgical lip augmentations
are considered a “lunchtime” procedure, meaning that you can
resume your normal routine immediately after your treatment, although
you may experience some swelling and bruising, which can last an average
of 3-7 days. Surgical lip augmentation procedures require 1-2 days off
work, and 2-3 days away from exercise and vigorous physical activity.
Following surgical lip augmentation, temporary swelling, bruising and
numbness are usually resolved within a week, however, some residual swelling
may last several weeks. Lip movement, including talking, chewing and laughing
should be limited for the first week following surgery. Keeping your head
elevated during recovery will minimize swelling, as will icing your lips
the first 48 hours after surgery.
Although lip augmentation is considered a very safe procedure, potential
complications include numbness, swelling, tightness, asymmetry, bleeding,
infection, scarring, unnatural movement when talking, implant migration,
tip hardness, allergic reactions.
At Gabbay Plastic Surgery, our team of dedicated plastic surgery specialists
is committed to providing a world-class service experience and results
that make you feel more confident than ever. Call us today at (310) 928-2558
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