What Is The Cost Of Lip Advancement Surgery?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in having the upper and lower lip advancement like the woman featured on your site who found that fillers did not make her lips large enough. I have this same problem. I am also interested in the price.

A: In thin lips, injectable fillers often produce unsatisfactory results as there is not enough vermilion (pink part of the lips) to fill. Without enough vermilion, the injectable filler material can only push outward rather than upward as well. This creates an abnormal looking often call ‘ducklips’. If one’s lips are very thin and injectable fillers have failed to produce a good look, the lip advancement procedure is an alternative. By physically moving the vermilion border up (upper lip ) or down (lower lip), the size of the lips is increased. Usually lip advgancements are done as an office procedure under local/oral sedation. The cost is $2,00 0 per lip or $3,500 for both lips. Because they permanently change the amount of exposed lip vermilion, they can have a powerful effect on the appearance of lip size. While lip advancements are the most effective procedure for making bigger lips out of thin ones, there are some minor trade-offs. There will be a resultant fine line scar at the junction of the skin and the vermilion which for most patients is barely perceptible. But it is important to know that there will be a residual scar, fine as it may be.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana