Everything You Need to Know About Lip Rejuvenation Techniques

smiling woman with beautiful lips wearing red lipstick looking up

Our lips are a critical part of who we are.

Our lips allow us to eat and drink, speak, smile and frown. They're considered an erogenous zone. Full lips can make women (and men!) more attractive - which is why lip fillers are so incredibly popular right now. Kylie Jenner is living proof!

And when we talk to people, we focus on their face - especially the area from their eyebrows to their LIPS.

But as we age, our lips start to thin . . .

We lose the dental and bone support in the lower part of the face (because of osteoporosis).

The edges of the mouth start to turn down.

The distance between the nose and the upper lip lengthens. Lips start to lose volume.

Fine lines (called vertical lip lines) appear around the edges of the lips.

Marionette lines (from the corners of the mouth down to the chin) and nasolabial folds (smile lines from the nose to the mouth) show more and more.

To learn more about these age related changes, read our blog post, The Aging Face | How Juvederm Voluma Restores Lost Volume.

So Lip Rejuvenation Became Popular Very Quickly . . . But the Techniques Took More Time to Develop

Partly due to Kylie Jenner's obvious lip fillers, lip rejuvenation became very popular, very quickly. And like many things that happen quickly, not all lip fillers were done well.

The most aesthetically pleasing proportions for lips weren't yet defined - so there were no guidelines for injecting lip fillers.

Women got fillers that were unattractive and exaggerated. We started hearing about "duck" lips. Some women's lips were so overfilled that they had trouble speaking!

As time passed, it became apparent that lips looked better when subtle techniques were used. So the medical aesthetics community worked to develop better methods of lip rejuvenation. They studied the shape of lips in young women and followed them as they aged.

Closeup of woman's face with arrows pointing to and naming the different kinds of wrinkles
Image courtesy of Allergan.

Injectors realized that the teeth and facial bone structure add a great deal of support to the lower face. Learn more in our Braces Affect Bone Structure, Health & Beauty post.

They learned that faces look better when the areas around the mouth were restored at the same time as the lips. A natural look could be achieved while adding volume to lips - as long as - the upper lip was slightly smaller and didn't overhang the lower lip. And injectors started to keep lip size in balance with the rest of the facial features and even the patient's body.

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers Are the Best Choice for Lip Rejuvenation.

Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in our bodies. It is slowly absorbed over time - which means you'll need more injections to maintain the look.

Commonly used HA fillers include Juvederm, Restylane and Restylane Lyft (formerly called Perlane). They are approved by the FDA for soft-tissue augmentation and can last a year or more. Presently only Juvederm Ultra XC, Juvederm Volbella, and Restylane Silk are approved for lip rejuvenation techniques – even though it’s one of the most common off-label uses of hyaluronic acid fillers.

When compared with bovine (cow) derived collagen injections, HA fillers eliminate the need for skin testing, last longer, and have a more natural and aesthetically pleasing result – with fewer adverse events.

Permanent fillers are not a good choice for lips. When the face ages, skin sags. Permanent fillers don’t move naturally with your face. Over time they can create a very distorted appearance.

Additionally, permanent fillers have been shown to cause granulomas (a non-allergic inflammatory reaction) as long as 2 years after injection.

In this video, Dr. Jon Perlman, Extreme Makeover Plastic Surgeon from Beverly Hills, gives advice to patients considering lip enlargement. He discusses the importance of avoiding an overenlarged look and the aesthetics of a good lip augmentation procedure.

Unlike permanent fillers, the most common side effect of HAs is swelling. Application of ice usually makes the swelling subside within hours. Another advantage of hyaluronic acid fillers is that they are long-lasting yet can be removed or adjusted with an injectable enzyme, hyaluronidase.

Many med spas and dermatology offices will use Juvederm with lidocaine for lip injections. If you prefer more correction of wrinkles around your mouth, micro-needling can be done. When combined, these procedures have an outstanding result.

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Amy Takken, RN

Amy Takken is a registered nurse with 20+ years of experience helping people improve their health. Her in-depth skincare articles have been featured on Nazarian Plastic Surgery and The Palm Beach Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery. She's also been quoted on Dermascope.com.

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If you liked this post, you'll LOVE these:


https://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/581219  Techniques for Lip Augmentation and Rejuvenation

https://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/588145  A 25-Year-Old Woman Seeking Subtle Lip Enhancement

https://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/578228  Lip Augmentation

https://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/579610  Lip Injection

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/721924_1  Non-infectious Granulomatous Diseases of the Skin and their Associated Systemic Diseases: An Evidence-based Update to Important Clinical Questions

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4366708/  Foreign Body Granulomas after the Use of Dermal Fillers: Pathophysiology, Clinical Appearance, Histologic Features, and Treatment



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