Lip Surgery

Lip Surgery in Los Angeles, CA

The lips are a very important part of facial aesthetics, and demonstrate youth, vitality, and sensuality. Natural aging causes the lips to thin out and produces vertical creases above and below the lip areas. Thinner lips give an older appearance and tend to age the face prematurely. Lip fullness and shaping is quite fashionable, and Dr. Bresnick is an expert in all types of cosmetic lip surgery. He is on top of current trends in lip aesthetics and performs lip surgery for many patients including those in the acting and modeling professions. Come in for a consultation and explore your options for lip enhancement in Los Angeles, CA.

What are your options for lip surgery?

Learn about some of our most popular surgical and non-surgical lip treatments below. Call our offices at (818) 981-3333 to learn more or to schedule a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Stephen Bresnick.

Lip Augmentation

Lip augmentation can create fuller, more voluptuous lips. During the procedure an implant, filler, or natural tissue is placed in the lips to add fullness and volume. 

Various types of implants or tissues can be used to enhance the lips including:

  • Natural Reshaping of the Lips with the NaturaLip Procedure: This procedure uses the skin of the inner lip area (next to the teeth), to roll out the upper lip and create a fuller, more pouty shape to the upper lip. Dr. Bresnick invented this procedure and is the expert on the technique.
  • Soft Tissue Implant: A human soft tissue implant, known as AlloDerm, can be placed in the lips to create additional fullness. The lips achieve a full and soft result. Patients love that AlloDerm feels very similar to a natural lip. The AlloDerm soft tissue lip implant will slowly diminish in time. Most patients gain several years of lip enhancement with AlloDerm.
  • Permanent Lip Implant: A permanent lip implant known as the PermaLip Implant, can be surgically placed into the lips to enhance lip fullness. This implant is stable, safe, and removable if desired. These implants give a nice lip enhancement and are available in several different sizes, allowing us to customize the result.
  • Dermal Fillers: Injectable dermal fillers provide temporary lip augmentation without surgery. Soft tissue fillers, such as Juvéderm, are injected into the lips. This helps smooth away vertical lip lines and adds additional volume. The results are soft and natural feeling, but temporary. Most patients enjoy their results for about 6 months before a touch-up session is needed. With regular follow-up injections, results can be long-lasting. Dermal fillers require no downtime after treatment.
  • Natural Fat: Fatty tissue from the patient can be obtained through a small liposuction procedure under local anesthesia. This fat will be processed and injected into the lips. Over the next few weeks, a portion of the transferred fat will establish a blood supply, permanently becoming part of the lips. Patients often lose some of the transplanted fat, especially in the first few weeks, but once the fat is established, it offers long-lasting fullness to the lip area.

For fuller lips, ask us about our options for lip augmentation in Los Angeles, CA.

Lip Reduction

For patients with overly full lips or lip asymmetry, we offer lip reduction surgery. Lip reduction removes unwanted lip tissue, restoring a more uniform and balanced facial appearance. Dr. Bresnick often uses lip reduction to correct uneven lip lines and to treat lip abnormalities, including congenital deformities, damage from lip trauma, and unsatisfactory results from a previous lip augmentation. By restoring symmetry to the lips and bringing lip size into harmony with other facial features, we can improve your overall facial appearance.

We are pleased to offer lip reduction in Los Angeles, CA and the surrounding areas.

Lip Lift

The lip lift is a procedure in which a long, thin lip is lifted to gain a fuller appearance. As we age, the upper lip gets longer and the upper teeth show less when we smile. The lip lift reverses this shape by removing skin between the bottom of the nose and the top of the lip. The distance between the nose and lip decreases with the lip lift, which offers a younger look to the face. 

There are two options for upper lip lift, including an incision concealed in the crease under the nose or an incision placed in the natural line of the upper lip. These procedures offer dramatic lip shape changes but do require the trade-off for a scar. The scars fade in time, but the lifted lip maintains an improved appearance for many years. For patients with the desire to give a fuller appearance to the upper lip and do not require or desire the lip lift, The NaturaLip Procedure described below may be a great option.  

NaturaLip Procedure

Dr. Bresnick is the inventor of a procedure that gives a fuller, attractive, and poutier appearance to the upper lip. This procedure is known as the NaturaLip Procedure™. The innovative technique allows the skin of the upper lip from inside the mouth to be moved into the lip itself to increase fullness and contour. The procedure is easily performed under local anesthesia and gives permanent results.

Advantages of the NaturaLip Procedure™ are its permanence, no external scars visible on the lip or surrounding areas, ability to customize the shape of the upper lip, and the possibility of changing lip shape to better accommodate lip fillers. This is a wonderful option if you’d like to shape and contour the upper lip.

The NaturaLip Procedure™ has been performed on hundreds of patients with great results and a high degree of patient satisfaction. Dr. Bresnick has presented the results of the NaturaLip Procedure™ to hundreds of plastic surgeons at national conferences. We are excited to offer this unique approach to lip enhancement to patients in the greater Los Angeles area.

Which Lip Surgery Option Is Right for Me?

With so many options for cosmetic lip surgery, how do you choose the right fit for you? We encourage you to contact us and schedule a consultation. We’ll explore the options together, explain the pros and cons of each procedure, and help you find the right fit. Beautiful, shapely lips are possible with our surgical and non-surgical options.

For comprehensive rejuvenation, many of our lip enhancing options can be performed in conjunction with other plastic surgery treatments like a facelift or laser resurfacing.

Learn more about your options for lip surgery in Los Angeles, CA by calling our offices at (818) 981-3333 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bresnick.

Frequently Asked Questions About Lip Surgery in Los Angeles
Will my lips look natural?

Absolutely. Whether you are looking for a subtle change or something more dramatic, Dr. Bresnick will apply his skill and artistry to create natural-looking results. But don’t just take our word for it. Look at the before-and-after gallery of his actual Los Angeles surgical lip enhancement patients.

Can I have just one lip augmented or reduced?

Yes. If you have a full lower lip, you can choose to have just the upper lip augmented. You can also have only one lip reduced. That said, a small adjustment to the other lip is often recommended to keep the lips in balance. Dr. Bresnick will advise you on the best approach to get the results you are looking for.

Is lip surgery performed on both men and women?

Yes. Both men and women have lip surgery and lip filler injections. Plump, pouty lips give a seductive, feminine look in women. In men, a subtle volume boost can create a more masculine look. Lip surgery to correct asymmetry can improve the facial appearance of both men and women.

How long do lip augmentation results last?

Surgical lip augmentations, including the NaturaLipTM Procedure, are permanent. While your lips and face will continue to age, the boost in lip volume will not disappear with time. Augmentation with injections of filler is a temporary enhancement alternative. The material injected into your lips is gradually and safely metabolized by your body, typically over a few months. Depending on the filler used, your metabolic rate, and other factors, you should expect to have refresher injections every 4 to 6 months.

Learn more about your options for lip surgery in Los Angeles, CA by calling our offices at (818) 981-3333 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bresnick.

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