Lip Augmentation

Full, soft, and sculpted lips are signs of youth and beauty. Board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Houtan Chaboki provides lip augmentation in Washington, DC, using dermal fillers and fat transfer for patients from Arlington, VA; Bethesda and Chevy Chase, MD; and other nearby cities seeking fuller, sculpted lips. He also enhances the lips with a surgical upper lip lift.

Lip Augmentation
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Lip injections with filler in young woman

Filler injections for the lips can enhance the upper, lower, or both lips. Each patient is unique and filler injections are customized for each patient. Most start with one injection and then build as appropriate for further lip augmentation. Relaxer injections (ex. Botox, Dysport, etc) and skin peels can be combined with filler i... Read More
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Lip Augmentation using Dermal Fillers to enhance the lips in a younger female

Fuller, soft lips are frequently requested in a plastic surgery office, as full lips are a universal sign of youth and beauty for men and women. Lip enhancement with hyaluronic acid fillers (ex.Juvederm®) are the primary method to replenish lip volume. Most patients are potential candidates for lip enhancement with non-surgical lip rejuv... Read More
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Lip filler injection in young woman

Lip augmentation with filler injections. Dermal fillers are soft gels made of hyaluronic acid, a substance normally found in the skin. Fillers are commonly used in the lips for enhancement. Lip fillers can also be combined with Botox, as part of a lip flip, for even further enhancement.Patients see lip filler results immedi... Read More
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Fat Transfer with lip and cheek augmentation to rejuvenate the face of a middle-aged woman

Bright eyes, rosy cheeks, and a radiant glow!This patient was referred to Dr. Chaboki's Washington DC plastic surgery practice to review potential aesthetic options to enhance her appearance. She had been to other cosmetic surgeons for help correcting complications from filler injections performed at another office. She had suffer... Read More
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Upper Lip Lift to enhance lip volume in an older woman

After the eyes, the lips play a major role in aesthetic facial rejuvenation. Facial filler injections are the most common treatments to enhance one's lips. However, facial plastic surgery may be a better option for appropriate patients.An upper lip lift is an office procedure to remove excess skin and wrinkles of the upper lip. The lip... Read More
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Dermal Filler injection used to enhance the lips of an older woman

Thin lips develop to various degrees with the aging process, while some women have always naturally had thin lips all their lives. Lips become flatter and lose some of their youthful shape. Washington DC office lip enhancement with facial fillers (Restylane®, Juvederm®, Belotero®) are popular options to replenish lip volume or reduce wrinkles... Read More
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Lip enhancement with filler to augment the lips of a younger woman

As a universal sign of femininity and fertility, lip enhancement is primarily performed with facial fillers (i.e.. hyaluronic acid gels). Lip enhancement with facial fillers is a very popular treatment for Washington DC women who want temporary improvement of their lips. Some women refer to these fillers as "lips... Read More
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Neck liposuction with fat transfer to tighten and sculpt the face and neck of a middle-aged woman

Washington DC facelift candidates often ask plastic surgeons if alternatives exist for a traditional facelift. While nothing yet replaces face lift surgery for its rejuvenating effect, non-surgical options have been developed that can improve one's appearance without the downtime of traditional facial cosmetic surgery. Part of the reason non-... Read More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Lip Augmentation With Dermal Fillers

Hyaluronic acid filler injections are Dr. Chaboki’s preferred method of lip rejuvenation. Results are immediate and last for several months.

After Lip Filler Injections, How Long Does the Swelling Last?

Recovery after lip injections is quick and relatively painless. Swelling typically lasts 2 to 3 days, but experiences vary. You can apply ice as directed to help the swelling dissipate faster.

Houtan Chaboki, MD

Double Board-Certified
Facial Plastic Surgeon

Houtan Chaboki, MD

Certified by both the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Chaboki has extensive knowledge of the intricacies of the face and neck. When you choose him for your procedure, you’re choosing one of the most reputable facial plastic surgeons in DC, as well as a nationwide leader in preservation rhinoplasty.

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Fat Transfer to the Lips

Instead of using fillers, Dr. Chaboki can perform fat transfer for natural augmentation of the lips. Men and women with thin lips or a long upper lip or those seeking fuller lips are usually good candidates. Be aware that fat transfer involves swelling, bruising, stiffness, and chapped lips for a few weeks, while filler injections involve a few days of swelling. Because Dr. Chaboki is a facial plastic surgeon, many people combine rhinoplasty or other cosmetic procedures with their lip enhancement.

Lip Implants vs. Injections

Lip implants and filler injections each have pros and cons when it comes to lip enhancement. Both add volume to the lips and provide natural-looking results when performed by an experienced facial plastic surgeon. Other advantages of each option include:

  • Filler injections are better suited to reshaping the lips, can smooth away lip lines (smoker’s lines), involve minimal downtime, and can be reversed with hyaluronidase.
  • Lip implants last indefinitely and may save you money over having repeated filler injections.

Upper Lip Lift Surgery

The lips, especially the upper lip, develop excess skin and lengthen with age. An upper lip lift is a minor surgical procedure performed to remove this excess skin, which will help to restore a youthful lip. Upper lip lift surgery can be performed alone, or combined with other facial procedures, such as facelift or eyelid surgery.

Lip Enhancement FAQs

Does insurance cover lip enhancement?

Dr. Chaboki provides the finest in both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery at affordable prices, and participates with most insurance plans. Plastic surgery covers a broad area of medicine, which includes both reconstructive procedures and cosmetic procedures. If your procedure is medically indicated, some portion of the cost may be covered. The office accepts insurance in applicable cases and will, if you wish, contact your insurance company to find out if your procedure will be covered. Insurance coverage varies greatly for patients, however, plastic surgery may be partially or fully covered. 

How much time passes between the initial consultation and lip enhancement?

Nonsurgical procedures may be performed at the same time as the initial consultation. Select procedures may be performed at a later time. Generally, a minimum of 2 weeks are allowed from the consultation to prepare for surgery. 

Can I combine lip enhancement with other facial plastic surgery?

Yes, it’s generally preferred to combine procedures. First, by combining surgery, insurance may cover a portion of the procedure, and you may save money on fees. Secondly, tissue modified from one area may be used for another surgical area, such as fat transfer and face lifting. Lastly, the recovery process following surgery would only be once, and you minimize downtime by avoiding two separate procedures. Commonly combined procedures with lip enhancement include the following: 

When can I resume regular exercise after lip enhancement?

Strenuous activities or exercise after nonsurgical cosmetic treatments will increase the risk of bleeding, swelling, and bruising, until an appropriate healing time has been allowed. This restriction during the recovery period varies based on the cosmetic treatment performed and patient’s medical condition. Light activities, such as slow walking, may be performed soon after anesthesia. Heavy activity, such as aerobics, yoga, cycling, running, heavy lifting, or similar vigorous activities are allowed after 2 weeks from the procedure. Contact sports are generally allowed after 6 weeks from surgery. 

Will I need time off work after lip enhancement?

Most patients do not require any time off from work, and may even return to work on the same day. A longer period of recovery may be necessary for combined procedures. 

How long is the procedure?

Lip augmentation treatments are relatively quick cosmetic procedures. The length of treatment may range from 15 minutes to an hour. 

What is recovery like after lip enhancement?

Downtime after cosmetic procedures is usually a few hours to a day, depending on the specific procedure and areas treated. Office procedures are performed under local anesthesia, if any anesthesia is required. Most patients do not require any time off from work, and may even return to work on the same day. 

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