The “natural look” is trending at cosmetic practices across the nation. From breast augmentation patients choosing smaller implants to the “Meghan Markle effect” that’s inspiring women to use less makeup, it appears “natural beauty” is everyone’s favorite aesthetic ideal at the moment. And Kylie Jenner’s thinner lips may be the most convincing evidence that the “overdone” look is out.
Jenner’s famously plump pout spurred the popularity of lip injections, but most patients are now seeking subtler enhancements. From my perspective, I have always strived to create results that look natural while still meeting the patient’s cosmetic goals, so I’m a fan of this trend.
Getting Natural-Looking Lip Fillers
I encourage my patients to think realistically about how they want their lips to look after getting injections. Do you want people to notice that you had lip augmentation or do you just want them to think something’s different—and attractive—about your appearance?
And that perspective holds true for other filler treatments, too. The less-is-more approach is one I tend to take with fillers because there is a fine line between creating a smoother, more youthful look and appearing like you had “work” done.
Which Lip Filler Is Best?
Not all lip fillers are the same, and it’s important to have someone with expertise recommend the product that’s best-suited for your specific lips and cosmetic goals. Once upon a time, collagen was the only option. Those days are gone. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, I advise my patients on the smorgasbord of products now available for lip enhancement.
One product can create a more pillowy look with more volume, while another is best for patients who don’t want their lips to be the focal point of their faces. VOLBELLA®, a JUVÉDERM product, is great for women who want both lip augmentation and to reduce the appearance of lines around the mouth.
I will add that it’s never a good idea to choose the least expensive option because that typically leads to disappointment.
What If You Don’t Like Your Results?
An advantage of lip fillers is that they’re made using hyaluronic acid, a molecule that’s naturally produced by the body. The results can be reversed using hyaluronidase, an enzyme that melts hyaluronic acid rapidly and safely.
Keeping Your Lips Plump With Touch-Ups
It’s also important to remember that maintaining the results requires periodic touch-up treatments because fillers don’t last forever. Depending on the filler used, the results can last between 6 and 12 months for lip injections.
If you’d like to see more results produced for actual patients, you can visit my photo gallery of before and after pictures. I also encourage you to follow my Instagram account to see additional photos and videos of various treatments.
This post was originally published in August 2018 and updated in June 2023.