Lip Lifts and Lip Fillers: What’s The Difference?

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Many people have turned to Lip Augmentation procedures to enhance their natural beauty. Two of the most popular Lip Augmentation procedures are Lip Lifts and Lip Fillers. While the two processes can produce somewhat similar results, there are some key differences such as type of procedure, recovery time, appearance, and how long they last. Read on to learn more.

What is a Lip Lift?

A Lip Lift is a surgical procedure to make your upper lip appear larger, creating a fuller-looking lip and symmetrical facial appearance. There are multiple reasons why a Lip Lift procedure is sought. Older patients might have a lip lift procedure performed to reverse the natural changes in the upper lip area caused by the aging process. However, younger patients can also take advantage of lip lift procedures to make their lips appear fuller.

A Lip Lift does not add volume but rather exposes more of the upper lip. For this reason, it does not result in the dreaded “duck lip” look.

Lip Lift procedures can combine with other facial plastic surgery procedures such as a Facelift or Rhinoplasty to enhance the overall beauty of the face.

What Are Lip Filler Procedures?

A Lip Filler procedure is a process through which volume is directly added to the lips to make them appear fuller. This is achieved by injecting a small amount of dermal filler into the lips. There are a few different types of lip fillers including:

  • Restylane – Restylane is an eco-friendly dermal filler that mimics the hyaluronic acid your skin naturally produces. Many people who are having their first procedures choose this type of treatment because Restylane can add a small, discrete enhancement and still allow your lips to keep their shape without the procedure becoming too noticeable.
  • Juvederm Ultra – Juvederm Ultra is a great choice for those who want to change the thickness and shape of their lips. This type of dermal filler spreads horizontally in order to increase the fullness of your lips.
  • Juvederm Volbella – This type of dermal filler is a popular choice for filling laugh lines. However, it can create a subtle volume in the lips. Many people use Juvederm Volbella to make their lips more rounded and full.
Lip Lifts and Lip Fillers

What is the Difference Between Lip Lifts and Lip Fillers?

A Lip Lift is a permanent, surgical Lip Augmentation whereas Lip Fillers are non-surgical injectables that will slowly dissolve over time. Unlike fillers, a Lip Lift does not add volume and thus does not increase the size of the lower lip. However, because no fillers are involved, a Lip Lift does not carry the risk of filler migration or “duck lips.”


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Frequently Ask Questions

If fillers are done with a lip lift I recommend injecting the product one week after the lip lift (when the stitches come out).

Avoid topical products such as Tretinoin (Retin-A), Retinol, Retinoids, Glycolic Acid, or any “anti-aging” products. Avoid waxing, bleaching, tweezing, or using hair removal cream on the area to be treated. Do start taking Arnica two days prior to the procedure.

  • Apply ice to treated area.
  • Stay hydrated – drink plenty of water.
  • Focus on eating healthy foods like fresh fruits & vegetables. …
  • Avoid strenuous exercise and extreme hot temperatures for 24-48 hours post treatment.

Can I Put Vaseline on My Lip After Filler? You can apply vaseline or any mild moisturiser if your lips are dry following the procedure. Use a brush or your finger to apply a thin covering and avoid pressing down on your lips.

AVOID: Alcohol, caffeine, niacin supplement, high-sodium foods, high sugar foods, refined carbohydrates (you may eat fruit), spicy foods, and cigarettes 24-48 hours after your treatment. AVOID: Vigorous exercise and sun and heat exposure for 3 days after treatment. DISCONTINUE: Retin 2 days after treatment.

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