As far as beauty trends go, the preference for plump, pouty lips seems to have staying power. Today’s lip enhancement techniques have moved way beyond color. There are plenty of ways to get full, sensuous lips. The number of lip plumpers, lip fillers and other lip-enhancing procedures is growing by the day. People use these methods for two main reasons: Either they want to even out what they view as uneven or asymmetrical lips, or they simply want a plumper overall effect.

Lip Augmentation

Lip augmentation creates fuller, plumper lips and reduces fine wrinkles around the mouth. Lips may be injected with collagen or with fat transferred from another site in the patient’s body. Both liquid collagen and fat are absorbed and repeat treatments are necessary to maintain results. Newer, longer-lasting options include implantable materials like AlloDerm and SoftForm.

Dermal Filler

Lip augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that can give you fuller, plumper lips. These days, an injectable dermal filler is the most commonly used method of lip augmentation. There are many types of dermal fillers that can be injected in your lips and around your mouth. But the most common fillers today are products that contain substances similar to hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the body. It helps increase volume in your lips.

These types of dermal fillers are sometimes called “hyaluronic acid fillers.”

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

Hyaluronic acid fillers can improve the appearance of your lips by adding:

  • Shape
  • Structure
  • Volume

The effects typically last around six months. After that more injections are needed to keep the volume of your lips.

There are several hyaluronic acid fillers on the market. Among them are these products:

  • Restylane, Restylane-L
  • Perlane, Perlane-L
  • Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra XC
  • Juvederm Ultra Plus, Juvederm Ultra Plus XC

All of these products are injected the same way and give you similar results. And they all contain lidocaine, a local anesthetic.