The length of our lips is approximately one third the width of our face. The upper lip is slightly more accentuated than the lower lip when viewed from the side. The appearance of the lips is meant to be harmonious and proportional to the rest of the face.

Thickening and sculpturing the lips is divided into 2 groups.

The first group includes those who wish to have their lips thickened with filler materials, with the ultimate desire of achieving lips that are more full and sensual. In a simple manner and within the clinic setting, it is possible to perform injections of filler material via a small syringe. Recovery is nearly instantaneous, side effects are minimal, and the complication rate is extremely low. This treatment is performed with a topical cream anesthetic (EMLA). Before starting treatment, the doctor will carefully examine the overall shape of the lips and face, including the jaw and teeth.
Any asymmetry is noted. One must remember that it may not be possible to achieve the desired thickness or appearance seen on someone else. Thickening of the lips can be performed via usage of absorbable filler material, such as hyaluronic acid. This filler material is temporary only, and its effect may last only between 3 to 6 months. Filling can be performed with non-absorbable material as well, such as medical silicone. This kind of treatment is performed more gradually, over a longer period of time and over several treatment sessions – during which each time a small amount of filler material is injected so as to minimize any possible complications.

It is recommended to stop any anticoagulation medication at least one week before each treatment. Furthermore, those with a history of Herpes virus outbreaks are advised to take prophylactic oral Zovirax before treatment.
Thickening of the lips is suitable for anyone with narrow and thin appearing lips. Given the fact that the lips, like the rest of the face, achieve its final maturity appearance only after puberty, it is recommended that lip thickening treatments be performed only after the age of 17-18.


Filling material made from natural adipose tissue (fat) for lip thickening is becoming increasingly popular.
During the first few days after treatment, one may suffer from local bruising, redness, irritation, and swelling. These signs disappear within 2 weeks time, sometimes even earlier.
Complications from lip thickening and filling are very rare, and may include:

  1. Local bruising
  2. Local infection and Herpes virus outbreak
  3. Formation of lumps under the skin (extremely rare)

The other group of lip thickening and sculpting consists of those who are not expected to achieve the desired result with injected material alone. These patients frequently present with exceptionally thin lips, with an exaggerated distance between the nose and upper lip. The surgery involved can be performed under local anesthesia. In this surgery, excess skin is removed and the upper lip is drawn in the upward direction. The incision line is incorporated within the natural lines of the face – near the level of the nose bottom and nostrils. The recovery period is short-lived, and return to normal daily activity is quick. After surgery, one may experience local swelling, redness, and bruising. These signs disappear within one to two weeks. Stitches are removed one week after the surgery.

Lip sculpting surgery is also suitable for those with cleft lip, either before or after corrective surgery, who are interested in improving the appearance of their face and lips. Furthermore, those who have undergone excessive injections with non-absorbable material can have surgery done to reduce the size of their lips (or have any filler material removed). These kinds of procedures are performed via an incision within the mouth, and therefore any scarring is significantly concealed.

The complications of these surgeries are very rare, and may include:

  1. Local bleeding and bruising
  2. Local infection and Herpes virus outbreak
  3. Scarring (mostly hidden)
  4. Non satisfactory aesthetic results
  5. Temporary loss of sensation in the area operated on
  6. Necessity for an additional surgery

Further details regarding this treatment will be made available during the pre-surgical consultation with the physician.