Which Way Should You Plump Limp Lips?

Long for luscious lips like Jessica Biel's? With hyaluronic acid injectables like Restylane, Juvederm and Perlane, your dermatologist or plastic surgeon can add volume and fullness to your lips.

Hyaluronic acid is a moldable, temporary soft tissue filler, and you can achieve significant volume with it. On average, when it is injected into the lips, it can last six months, sometimes longer.

Your own fat can also be used to augment thin lips. First, the fat is removed with a small needle or cannula from a fatty area, like the buttocks, before it's washed with saline and then reinjected into the lips (using local anesthesia or sedation).

Because fat is your own tissue, it cannot be rejected by your body or cause an allergic reaction; and fat grafting has a low rate of complications, like scarring and hardening.

Even though fat injections last longer than hyaluronic injections, the lips are in constant motion, so the fat can be partially reabsorbed by the body. Generally, 30% to 50% remains permanently.