Throughout the many cultures depicted in the works of famous artists, full and sensuous lips are considered a key element of what we consider beautiful.
There are a variety of procedures designed to address your problem. Some of these procedures last longer then others. Fat Transfer (your own), Collagen, Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse and other soft tissue fillers are injected in your lips under local numbing medication, preferably a nerve block. Collagen injection is more rapidly absorbed by your body and requires a touch-up at least every 2-3 months to maintain your look. Fat injections are more lasting but are more time consuming because they require extraction of fat from another area of your body. Also they have the peculiarity of either lasting a long time with a very satisfied patient or complete absorption occurring in a very short time. Hyaluronic Acid (Juvederm, Restylane) injections as body fillers are more promising and lasting and are rapidly gaining in popularity, although, they also require multiple treatments. For more information on soft tissue fillers see SOFT BODY FILLERS (click on Laser and other Treatments).
In appropriate patients with perioral wrinkling and thin lips from aging, lip enhancement can be performed by lip lifts under local anesthesia. The incisions are placed along the junction of the white and red portion of your lip (called the vermilion border) or hidden at the base of the nose depending on whether you have significant wrinkles around your mouth. These procedures are more lasting than soft body fillers.