Other Lip-Enhancing Options
While social media gurus obsess over lip fillers, there are other options on the market. Looking for something more permanent? Lip implants and fat transfer are two lip-enhancing methods for those who desire long-lasting results. Not ready for a trip to the doctor’s office for the plumped-up look? Topical treatments for temporarily voluptuous lips may be your new best friend.
Ready to go all in (and spend an average cost of $2,475)? Lip implants—made from soft, flexible silicone—come in different diameter and lengths, making the results more refined than lip fillers. However, Dr. Truong tells us that “results can vary depending on how the implants take to the patient. For both lip implants and fat transfer, the effect will increase or decrease with change in body weight.” Rare side effects include implant rejection or migration, infection or scarring. Dr. Diaz adds that lip implants are very appealing because they can provide permanent lip enhancement (in contrast to fillers, which need to be re-injected every couple of months).
If the idea of injecting fillers into your lips doesn’t interest you, fat transfer could be for you. It involves removing fat from one area of the body and injecting it into the lips. “Since the fat is removed from your own body, there is no chance of forming an allergic reaction to it,” says Dr. Diaz. The best part? The fat cells become incorporated in the areas injected and should last forever. However, it is possible, Dr. Diaz continues, that some of the fat can get reabsorbed, in which case repeat injections are needed to achieve the desired look. Plus, the price tag comes in hot with the average cost being $1,930.
If over-lining your lips with lip liner isn’t doing the trick and lip fillers aren’t your thing, get your hands on some lip plumpers for a subtle change without needles and side effects. Topical treatments are surgery-free ways of achieving healthy-looking lips by stimulating collagen and hyaluronic-acid production to create a fuller, softer look. Treatments usually come in the form of lip gloss and lip balms, which make getting the look a breeze!
Lip enhancements are growing in popularity for achieving the perfect pout. And while having full lips may give you a confidence boost, altering your look with cosmetic procedures is not for everyone. Many women simply add a swipe of lip gloss when they want a sexier pout. From temporary fillers to topical treatments to good old-fashioned au natural, it’s all about what makes you feel your best.