I am looking for a way to get fuller lips because mine have always been very thin. What sort of options do I have?
The standard options are fillers of some kind placed into the lips. The problem is that fillers are temporary. However, I developed an operation approximately 15 years ago where I take dermal fat grafts from the lower abdomen above the suprapubic area and place it into the lips themselves. This is a little more extensive operation than just putting an injectable filler into the lips, however the results are permanent and I have patients who are five and seven years out from the surgery who still have lips that are more than twice their original size.
The only drawback, again, is that it involves a reasonable amount of surgery, your lips are swollen for approximately three weeks post-operatively and there is a small scar above the hairline in the suprapubic area but it is the best way to get permanent lips short of an injectable and all the injectables that are safely used in the lips are temporary in nature.
Posted by Richard Galitz, MD, FACS