Subtle Lip Fillers: A Natural & Affordable Alternative to Lip Implants

Mar 10, 2023

Subtle Lip Fillers: A Natural & Affordable Alternative to Lip Implants


Lips are a bit funny. Like the eyes, we’re drawn to them as the center of personality and the focus of overall facial beauty. They define and bring out our inner selves. So much depends on their fullness, shape, and contour. You can tell a lot about a person’s youth through their lips.

That’s probably why lip implants have become so popular.

In fact, over 18,000 people underwent lip augmentation surgery in 2020, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

But traditional lip implants can be expensive – $2,000 to $4,000, on average. And because lip augmentation is purely cosmetic, the procedure isn’t typically covered by insurance. 

But with subtle lip fillers, you can achieve similar results without the need for expensive and invasive surgery. Instead of an implant, biodegradable hyaluronic acid fillers are injected into the lips to add plumpness and volume, as well as smooth out any wrinkles.

The result is rounder, beautiful lips that look younger and more attractive.

Traditional Lip Implants

In traditional lip implants, a board-certified cosmetic surgeon surgically injects silicone or harvested fat into the upper and lower lips. Typically, one of two types of silicone implants is used – Advanta Lip, a synthetic Gore-Tex material, or PermaLip, a solid silicone material that looks soft and natural.

Incisions are made in the outer corners of the mouth, with the implant inserted into the pocket. The incisions are made along the natural lip line to hide scarring.Traditional lip implants can also use fat deposits harvested from the patient’s own body through liposuction.

The fat transfer is collected, purified, and inserted into the lips through tiny needles.

Augmentation Through Subtle Lip Fillers

While lip implants have historically been surgical, subtle lip fillers offer a natural and affordable alternative that doesn’t require surgery or downtime.

Instead, biodegradable hyaluronic acid fillers are applied to the lips to bring out roundness, plumpness and shape. These injectable fillers are scientifically formulated to alleviate aging changes in the lips, including the loss of volume, color, and elasticity. 

Restylane Kysse and Juvederm Ultra XC are lip injections designed for lip augmentation. They bring shape and volume to the lips for a younger, more attractive smile. Both hyaluronic acid fillers contain lidocaine to ease recovery and enhance comfort following the procedure. 

Juvederm Ultra XC is an advanced dermal filler designed to smooth out the lips while adding volume and hydration for skin elasticity. It smoothes fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth, restoring contours and volume for fuller and more youthful lips. Its effects last up to a year. 

Restylane Kysse is a subtle lip filler designed with “XpresHAn technology” to bring flexibility and expression to the lips with natural-looking volume. It brings out lip texture and color with a rich, round fullness that’s expressive and natural. This lip enhancement filler alleviates upper lip lines (lipstick lines) while smoothing out the smile with a healthy fullness that’s young and attractive.

Subtle lip fillers produce beautiful results, but an ongoing treatment plan with injections every  12 months is encouraged to maintain youthful elasticity. 

Lip Augmentation as an Art Form

There’s a subtle art to lip augmentation. You want to enhance the youth and appeal of the lips with natural beauty. This can be easier said than done. Too much lip treatment creates an artificial, unnatural appearance that can impact natural lip movement. Smiles can seem fake or forced.

Lips have their own 3D structure comprising height, width, projection, angles, and curvatures. The lips must be augmented in perfect balance, sculpted to ideal definition, blending the best beauty characteristics. 

Dr. Hashemi is a leader in cosmetic dermatology and has the technical and aesthetic skills to create a fuller, younger, and rounded smile without the need for surgery.

She’ll utilize the latest and most advanced HA fillers in and around the lips in just the right combination to bring out the results you are looking for. The result is a plump set of lips with smooth vertical lip lines for a perfect smile and mouth.

It All Begins with a Personalized Consultation


First, Dr. Hashemi will begin with a personalized consultation that reviews your medical history and any conditions that might make lip augmentation unsafe or inappropriate. You may not be a good candidate if:

  • You are pregnant
  • You are allergic to lidocaine or hyaluronic acid fillers
  • You have inflammatory skin conditions such as rosacea
  • You suffer from bleeding disordersThe Difference Between Subtle Lip Fillers & Lip Implants

Next, Dr. Hashemi will study your facial expressions at rest and in motion. She’ll evaluate your facial symmetry and how it ties into the natural features of your lips. She’ll discuss your goals for lip augmentation and recommend a cocktail of injectable fillers specifically designed to your ambitions. She’ll discuss the procedure in detail and answer any questions you may have.

Dr. Hashemi is board certified dermatologist trained in the art of lip augmentation. If you are a good candidate, she can help enhance your natural beauty with youthful, rounded lips that bring out the inner you. Look years younger with lips that accentuate your personality and glow.

Schedule a consultation and discover your inner potential for a perfect smile. 


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