Should I Get A Lip Lift or Fat Injections?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I believe you are a real specialist in the matter of lips aesthetics and procedures and will greatly appreciate your advice if I should undergo a lip lift or fat transplant. Temporary fillers don’t work for me. I have attached some pictures from different angles for you to see the shape of my lips.

A: Thanks for sending your photos. I think they illustrate well your longer upper lip and you have always illustrated to some degree the effects of a subnasal lip lift. I think you are a good candidate for the procedure. I think with your vertical upper lip length that you are much better off  with a lift rather than fat injections. Also the result from a lift will be more predictable than with fat injections. Fat injections also will not shorten your upper lip length nor will they create a more prominent cupid’s bow. This can be done under local anesthesia in the office as I do many isolated lip lifts that way. The biggest issue is the fine line scar along the base of the nose but if well placed it fades very nicely and quickly. (a few months)