Toronto, ON

Lip Lift vs Lip Augmentation | What’s the Difference?

Contact Us

By Jerome Edelstein, MD

Our physical beauty can be enhanced through procedures targeting various areas of the body, including the face, breasts, arms, buttocks, and abdomen. With respect to facial features, the lips are a very popular treatment area for women who wish to create fuller lips. The two most popular lift enhancing techniques are lip lifts and lip augmentations.

Lip augmentations

A lip augmentation uses injectable dermal fillers to plumpen thin lips. The dermal fillers used to target the lips are also used for filling deep facial lines to reduce wrinkles and add volume to the face. There is a wide selection of lip fillers available on the market, however only a handful of formulas stand out in terms of their quality and popularity. The most common lip fillers use hyaluronic acid as the main ingredient. Popular brands include Restylane, Juvederm, and Teosyal.

Similar to other cosmetic augmentation procedures, physicians performing lip augmentations inject the lip fillers into different spots of the lips to achieve the desired results. This procedure is a good cosmetic option for patients looking for a temporary solution for thin lips. The price for this treatment ranges from $600 to $1000 depending on the amount of work needed to reach the patient’s goals.

Lip lifts

A lip lift is a minor cosmetic surgery that provides a permanent fix to thin lips. Unlike lip fillers, a lip lift can alter and/or enhance the natural positioning and symmetry of the mouth. The surgical techniques used will vary between patients depending on the results that they desire.

The Bull-Horn Lip Lift

This lip lift procedure is also known as a subnasal lip lift and involves the removal of skin tissue from underneath the nose to create a slight lift in the upper lip.

The Gull-Wing Lip Lift

The Gull-Wing lip lift, also known as the direct lip lift involves the removal of the tissue above the upper lip line border. The end results are similar to those achieved using the Bull-Horn technique where the upper lip is slightly raised.

The Italian Lip Lift

This surgical procedure requires two incisions – one beneath each nostril. Some tissue is removed and as the incisions are closed, the upper lip is raised on each side.

Each of these popular lip lift procedures can be used in combination with a corner lip lift surgery to fix the corners of the mouth.Lip lift surgeries are usually recommended for patients who wishes to correct lip asymmetry, disproportionate lips or irregular lip placement. A lip lift procedure costs approximately $1200 to $3000 depending on the patient’s desired results and the areas that require surgery.

Both methods are great options for patients looking to improve the appearance of thin lips. In order to  determine which method is best for you, we recommend scheduling an appointment with our experts to discuss your individual goals and develop a personalized treatment plan.

Toronto's Leading Cosmetic Clinic

Schedule a consultation at Edelstein Cosmetic

If you’re ready to take the plunge into plastic surgery or our non-surgical treatments, the first step is a consultation. We look forward to helping you achieve your dream aesthetic.

Schedule a Consultation

Call Location Email Results