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Lips are probably the most important part of the lower face in conveying expression.

A sensual or appealing lip will have a combination of good volume, symmetry, an attractive shape and a well defined edge. Some people have naturally thin lips and this can suggest scorn or disapproval. As we age, lips tend to lose volume and the edge becomes thinner and less defined. This leads to a crankier, more aged look and as volume loss proceeds vertical lines form above the lip and lipstick will often bleed into these.


Lips can be revolumised and, to a certain extent, reshaped with dermal fillers. Dermal fillers can be injected into the body of the lip to provide volume and into the edge (vermillion border) to enhance shape and prevent lipstick bleeding.

A skillful injector will be able to ensure that natural symmetry between top and bottom lip and a balance between volume in the lip body and edge is maintained.  Therefore, treating just the top lip may distort this balance and create an unnatural result.

There is a limit to how much a lip can be reshaped with dermal filler but there is the ability to enhance the cupid's bow area or to preferentially add volume to the outer or inner part of the top or bottom lip. Generally a soft dermal filler will give a natural looking augmentation or rejuvenation. Newer products are longer lasting and give a very natural look, particularly in clients that wish to restore their lips “to their former glory”. Thicker fillers can also be used to give a more noticeable and less natural augmentation. 

Lips cosmetic treatment - beforeLips cosmetic treatment - after

Lip augmentation and rejuvenation is a popular procedure and can give very nice aesthetic result. It is important to have realistic expectations, avoid the temptation to overtreat and to have a skilful injector that appreciates natural balance and harmony. Sometimes bigger lips just don't look right on certain people and greater emphasis should be placed on shape and definition.

Longevity / Treatment Regime

Usually 1ml of dermal filler is injected each treatment session but some clients will require or prefer 2ml of product. Unfortunately, due to constant use and movement, fillers in the lip tend not to last as long as in other areas. Depending on the product used expect anywhere from 3 to 9 months and up to 12 months in some cases.

It is generally recommended to return for treatment before the filler completely dissipated so that, over time, longevity should improve.

Pain of injection is higher in this sensitive area but can be managed with nerve blocks (similar to what a dentist gives), numbing cream or ice application. Most of the products used are mixed with local anaesthetic to help reduce pain.


An appreciation of the anatomy of the lip can assist the injector in optimising results and reduce complications.

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