Question: I would like shapelier lips I’m not interested in surgery at this time but I am leery of silicone injections. Are silicone injections the best method at this time for lip augmentation?
Answer: Many patients desire more shapely lips. There are surgical and non-surgical options. The choice of injectable material varies greatly. The surgeon can choose between materials which are completely formed, such as silicone, or materials which have been derived from natural substances. Hyaluronic acid fillers can also be used and there are also many other injectable materials that can be used in the lip. The ability to choose the correct lip filler to reshape the lip depends on the exact analysis of the lips and what the patient’s aesthetic goals are. Once these are known, then the correct filler can be chosen. Fillers in the lip may be permanent or may be temporary. The great advantage of temporary fillers are that if the patient feels that the result that is obtained is not what they want, the fillers will dissolve since they are non-permanent and the patient’s lips will return to normal. The patient also has an opportunity to change the amount of shape in the lip. In summary, in order to change the appearance of the lips there are surgical and non-surgical options. There are many new materials that result in natural improvement in the lip appearance.