What Doctors Want Their Patients to Know About Getting ‘Celebrity Lips’


When it comes to lip enhancement, statistics show that the procedure has had such a boom that it has—wait for these serious numbers—seen a 50-percent jump in the past two decades. 

To break it down even further, Encino, CA plastic surgeon George Sanders, MD offers up this mind-blowing math: “In the U.S., a lip augmentation procedure is performed nearly every 20 minutes.”

Credit it to the celebrity culture or social media, whatever the case, Saddle Brook, NY dermatologist Dr. Frederic Haberman says patients typically come in with a “set goal” already sorted out in their mind. 

“Many patients often point to celebrities they would like to emulate such as Kylie Jenner,” he says, adding that any celeb who has openly discussed having a lip enhancement also tends to hit the top of the list. “Love Island star Laura Anderson and Geordie Shore star Marnie Simpson have admitted to trying lip injections and lip fillers, and patients remember that.”

“There are many different options to enlarge or enhance the size and shape of your lips—including fat injections, filler injections dermal grafting, vermillion advancement, lip implants, lip flip and lip lifting,” says Dr. Haberman. “These nonsurgical procedures can drastically change the look of anyone’s face.”

Besides the ever-popular Jenner-Kardashian request, Davie, FL dermatologist Marianna Blyumin-Karasik, MD says Angelina Jolie, Keira Knightley and Megan Fox are three celebs patients seek to emulate in the “lip look.” 

One caveat that Nashville, TN plastic surgeon Daniel A. Hatef, MD stresses is important to note: “When patients say that they want their lips to look ‘done’ or use Kylie or Kendall Jenner as their main goal, they have to understand that what they’re asking for is a process that takes more than one syringe, and more than one visit.”

“For that formula, I like to use a thicker filler like Teoxane RHA 3 or Juvederm Ultra to define the white rolls using a cannula, then use the picket-fence technique using something soft like Teoxane RHA 2 or Restylane Kysse to bring volume to the red portion of the lip.”

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