Kim Kardashian is on the cover of the February issue of Glamour magazine, and there's some speculation that she may have had work done. In the cover photo, her lips look a bit larger than usual. According to hollywoodlife.com, Dr. Adam Schaffner, Director of JUVA Plastic Surgery in New York City said, "In my opinion Kim's lips have been augmented, likely using an injectable filler material such as Restylane or Juvederm."
There are several different lip augmentation procedures that Kim would have available, ranging from injections to implants. Many women turn to their aesthetic physician for the perfect pout and many options are available with a range of permanency.
- Lip Implants: Implants such as the Perma Facial Implant permanent lip implant from SurgiSil can dramatically enhance your lips. "Until this product came along, plastic surgeons just settled on using temporary fillers, that needed to be redone every 6-9 months," says Dr. Matthew Schulman of Matthew Schulman Plastic Surgery in Manhattan, NY. He says this implant on the other hand is permanent and the procedure is fairly simple. "It's done in my office, local anesthesia, takes about 20 minutes, and people go home the same day." He does caution that there is some swelling following the procedure, so you may not want to go out for about a week.
- Fat Transfer: In a fat transfer procedure, your doctor removes fat from one area of the body, such as the stomach, hips, or thighs. The fat is refined and then injected in the lips for a fuller appearance. Patients are even having this done to fill out other areas of the body such as the breasts and buttocks.
- Dermal Fillers: Injectable fillers such as Radiesse or Restylane can be used as well to restore fullness to the lips. Different fillers last for varying lengths of time, so follow up visits will be necessary. Discuss with your physician which facial filler is best for your desired outcome.
- Cupid's Bow Surgery: The arch of the upper lip is often referred to as Cupid's Bow. A simple surgical procedure known as Cupid's Bow surgery or the V to Y advancement surgery, consists of v-shaped incisions in the upper lip which are then stitched together to push the tissue forward, creating a more defined Cupid's Bow and fuller upper lip.