The relationship between the size of the lips and perception of beauty is an interesting one. In the 1980s thin lips were fashionable whereas in the 90s big lips were the in thing and now we are back to a more natural look. If you are taking the decision to increase the size of your lips you may therefore want to think about going for something that is either temporary or at least reversible.

The simplest way to increase the size of the lips is with the injection of a dermal filler. Dermal fillers are gel like materials which are injected under local anaesthetic to fill out the lip, increasing the size and improving the shape of the lips. There are a number of dermal fillers although we only use hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane or Juvederm. These fillers offer the longest lasting result with the highest safety profile currently available.

Patients who request lip augmentation typically fall into two different groups. The first group is the younger patient who simply wants to add volume to their lips, to enhance their pout. The classic technique for doing this involves injecting filler into the border around the lip. This can however produce an unnatural ‘ducky’ appearance and we therefore prefer to inject into the vermillion, or the red part of the lip, to create a more natural appearance.

The second group of patients is the older group who wish to recreate a more youthful appearance that they have lost with age. As we age the lips not only get thinner, but the shape of the lip also changes. The lip gets flatter, the cupids bow loses definition and the corners of the mouth turn downwards creating a sad expression. In a lip rejuvenating procedure we therefore try to correct not only the volume loss, but also focus on reshaping the lips creating the illusion of a lip lift.

Following the treatment the lips can be very swollen. This is often reported to last only a couple of days however in reality it can often take up to one week to settle down fully and it is best to plan this procedure for a week when you do not have much on. The lips may be bruised for a few days and complications of the treatment, like all dermal filler treatment include allergic reactions to the product, infections, granuloma formation and necrosis. Most of these complications are uncommon and each is discussed in full at your initial consultation.