There are many features that make a face uniquely feminine – and of course, at the top of this list is the lips. Female lips are generally fuller, and there is a shorter distance between the upper lip and the nose than there is with men. That’s why lip reshaping is one of the most popular parts of facial feminization surgery. Lip lifts and lip fillers are the two techniques used for lip reshaping.
What Is the Difference Between Lip Lifts and Fillers?
A lip lift involves surgery to remove a small part of the skin below the nose to shorten the distance between the upper lip and the nose while also giving lips a fuller look. The corners of the mouth may also be lifted, which creates a more pleasant resting expression.
Lip fillers (also called “lip injections”) involve injection fillers, typically made with ingredients such as hyaluronic acid. Fat transfer, in which fat is taken from one part of the body and injected into another, may also be used to make lips fuller. Lip fillers are less invasive than a lip lift, and the procedure can be done quickly, but the results are not permanent.
Which One Is Right for Me?
Your doctor can advise you on which is better for you: a lip lift, lip fillers, or even both. Choosing one or the other can depend on several different factors, such as the distance between your lips and nose and how full you would like your lips. Some patients opt for lip fillers to see how they like the results before getting the more permanent lip lift procedure.
One factor in a patient’s decision may be the recovery time required for each. Because a lip lift is a surgical procedure, sutures are needed. There will be some swelling and bruising, and some downtime is needed for recovery. After lip fillers are injected, there will be some redness and swelling, but no downtime is needed and the results are almost immediately noticeable.
Lip reshaping can be an important part of the facial feminization process. Contact Del Rey Face at the office in Marina Del Rey, California, today for a consultation, at 310-823-4444.