Question: I would like shapelier lips without surgery. Are silicone injections the only option for lip augmentation?
Answer: No, silicone injections are not the only option for lip augmentation and in fact I would caution people against using silicone in the lips due to the fact that it does have a tendency over time to migrate into an area you may not desire and it can be very difficult to then remove. I do; however, recommend hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane since these are relatively easy to inject, they are a soft, clear gel, we can customize the treatment to reshape lips into a very youthful and sexy shape and the results are relatively long lasting, at 6 to 12 months. These injections can be performed in as little as 15 minutes and with the lidocaine that is incorporated into these newer fillers, this procedure can be performed with little to no discomfort. Ultimately, I always suggest that patients seek out a well-qualified injector since I think most patients have seen the results of bad lip injections and certainly do not want to have that happen to them.