permanent lip augmentation in New York City

The Best Way to Achieve Permanent Lip Augmentation in New York City by a Lip Lift

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Although y2k and early 2000s fashion is making a comeback (and we can do nothing to stop it), there’s absolutely no reason why the circa 2012 duck lips trend needs to resurface. With that being said, we are all here for natural-looking lip enhancements that work to plump, smooth, and define your pout. We use techniques like the lip lift to reverse signs of aging on the lips!

For those who are new to lip enhancement procedures, achieving subtle yet permanent lip augmentation using filler is a fantastic goal. And for those who have enjoyed the benefits of lip augmentation through lip filler for some time, you may be looking for a long-term solution, like a lip lift. Either way, permanent lip augmentation in New York City may be just what you are looking for!

Pearlman Aesthetic Surgery offers the most sought after permanent lip augmentation procedures on the East coast. At our New York City practice located on Park Avenue, you don’t have to worry whether you’re getting the absolute best care possible. Led by renowned facial plastic surgeon Dr. Pearlman, the entire team strives to achieve carefully customized results for each of our patients while always listening to your concerns and goals. 

What is lip augmentation?

Lip augmentation is the process by which a cosmetic medical professional enhances the size, shape, and appearance of your lips. The lips are a popular treatment area, as voluminous smiles are highly-coveted, and for good reason. 

Whether your lips are thinning from age, or you have naturally thin lips, adding volume can completely rejuvenate the appearance of your entire face!

What does lip augmentation treat?

  • Thin lips
  • Disproportionately small lips 
  • Non-visible red lip pigment
  • Fine lines around the lips
  • Asymmetry
  • Appearance of frowning
  • Dental hooding
  • Hooded corners of the lips

So, let’s get into the best permanent lip augmentation in New York City, and then we’ll discuss some other fantastic lip enhancement options.  

Permanent lip augmentation: The lip lift

If you’re looking for truly permanent lip augmentation in New York City, a lip lift is often the best treatment technique for long-term results! Let’s dive into our unique technique for a  lip lift by Dr. Pearlman at Pearlman Aesthetic Surgery. 

How it works

Dr. Pearlman’s lip lift procedure is a quick cosmetic surgery that shortens the space between the bottom of your nose and the top of your lip, creating a more youthful appearance. It also everts (rolls out) the top lip, revealing more of the pink lip structure underneath and creating a fuller, more voluminous pout.

The lip lift is the perfect permanent lip augmentation procedure for you if you are noticing natural signs of aging in the lips, like sagging corners of the mouth and a thinning upper lip, or if you use lip fillers already and want a natural-looking, more permanent solution.

Watch Dr. Pearlman discuss his unique lip lift method!

The process


Dr. Pearlman customizes your lip lift at Pearlman Aesthetic Surgery with your unique aesthetic goals and anatomy in mind. Before your procedure, you will sit down for a consultation with him to discuss the procedure at length. He will take a close look at your facial structure to determine the best route for your desired results.

Dr. Steven Pearlman conducting a permanent lip augmentation consultation at his NYC practice

Dr. Pearlman’s ultimate goal is to create a harmonious appearance for your face. He takes the care to guide you through the details of the procedure and answer any questions you may have.

Lip lift procedure

The procedure starts with a local anesthetic to numb the area completely. You should feel absolutely no pain at all during the process. 

Next, Dr. Pearlman makes a small incision just under the two nostrils. This technique is sometimes referred to as a bullhorn lip lift, as the shape of the incision mirrors the look of a bullhorn. The incision placement around the natural creases of the nose make for minimal scar visibility. 

Next, your medical team precisely excises the excess skin and pulls up the lip to render a plumper, fuller effect. Once Dr. Pearlman is satisfied with the results, he will close your incisions. The total time of the procedure is typically just under an hour. 


Because this is a surgical procedure, there is a bit of recovery time. You’ll likely experience significant swelling for the first few days, so you may want to take some “social downtime” until the swelling subsides. 

You may also experience slight discomfort for the first 72 hours, so we recommend taking it pretty easy for the first few days. Most patients return to work after 3 days. 

On days 4 to 6, we remove your stitches, and after 2 weeks you’ll notice a considerable reduction in swelling. You’ll achieve full results after 3 months!

During the entire process of your recovery, we are there as a support system every step of the way. We proudly offer check-in appointments at every milestone to offer recovery guidance and tips on maintaining your results. We are there with you from the beginning to the very last step when you are completely healed!


Patients report a gorgeous, newly defined upper lip and a more youthful appearance overall. Because the lip lift is a permanent lip augmentation procedure, you can enjoy your newly plumped lips for the long term! 


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Ideal candidates

As we age, the space between the bottom of our nose and the top lip lengthens, which causes the top lip to thin. An ideal candidate for a lip lift in New York City is someone who has noticed these signs of aging, or younger patients with a naturally thin upper lip interested in creating a permanently augmented shape!

Use our procedure match tool to see if you’re a candidate, and to receive expert treatment recommendations straight to your inbox.

Lip fillers

We can’t talk about lip augmentation without talking about lip fillers. Lip filler is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that enhances the size and shape of the lips through the use of non-permanent injectable dermal fillers. 

patients lips receiving lip filler treatment in NYC


Dermal fillers are often hyaluronic acid based, which is a natural fluid found in the body. Hyaluronic acid injections are FDA-approved for a variety of treatments, including lip augmentation.

How it works

After assessing the shape of your lips and discussing your aesthetic goals, our providers strategically inject your lips with dermal fillers to achieve your desired results. This helps add volume as well as smooth away wrinkles and fine lines. 

We utilize three different dermal fillers to achieve stunning lip filler results: Restylane, Revance, and Juvederm.

Commonly asked questions about lip fillers

How long do lip fillers last?

Typically, the results of your lip fillers last from 4 to 6 months.

Does getting lip fillers hurt?

Patients report slight discomfort at the injection sites during the lip filler procedure. Typically, we begin the procedure with a numbing agent.

How often can I get lip fillers?

You can return to get lip fillers as often as you would like. Typically, patients return for maintenance treatment between 4 and 8 months after initial treatment. 

Lip flip

The lip flip is another incredible lip augmentation option. Instead of utilizing dermal fillers to enhance the lips, this technique uses Botox. Botox is a neurotoxin that temporarily relaxes the muscle underneath the skin. 

For a lip flip, your provider strategically injects a small amount of Botox into the top lip. This relaxes the muscles of the top lip, allowing it to roll slightly upwards, revealing more of the pink skin of the inner lip and resulting in a pumper, fuller look without the need for filler!

If you’re interested in a lip flip, contact our office today to schedule an appointment!

Lip filler vs lip lift | Which one should you get?

Lip filler and a lip lift are both great ways to enhance the shape and size of your lips. 

We do, however, find that patients are better suited for one over the other depending on their individual lip anatomy.

Although filler can result in a gorgeous pout for some, if your lips are not the perfect anatomy or symmetry for fillers, you’ll be left with volume that doesn’t match the rest of your face for a balanced look.

With a lip lift, on the other hand, Dr. Pearlman uses the natural anatomy of your face to enhance the lip in a way that fits beautifully with your appearance. If you’re concerned about your candidacy for one or both of these treatments, schedule a consultation with us! We would be more than happy to discuss your concerns and make expert recommendations on which is right for you. 

Pairing buccal fat removal with lip augmentation

For entire lower face rejuvenation, pair your permanent lip augmentation with buccal fat removal. This increasingly popular cosmetic procedure provides breathtaking results that reduce the appearance of baby fat and contour your entire face. Buccal fat removal can even enhance the results of your lip lift, as it creates a more defined lower-face profile! 


We naturally have buccal fat pads located in our lower cheeks. For some, these pads of fat are more prominent than others, resulting in a baby face or square-shaped face. To remove these fat pads and produce a slimmer, more contoured profile, Dr. Pearlman at Pearlman Aesthetic Surgery simply removes these fat pads during a quick and pain-free procedure.

Ideal buccal fat removal candidates

Those who are ideal candidates for buccal fat removal are those who:

  • Have excess buccal fat in your cheeks
  • Are in generally good health
  • Have a healthy BMI level
  • Don’t smoke or consume tobacco in any form
  • Have realistic expectations about results
  • Maintain a healthy diet and exercise 

To learn more about buccal fat removal, schedule a consultation with us today! We would love to answer your questions.

Learn more about lip enhancement and permanent lip augmentation in New York City

Are you tired of repeating treatments for results? Do you long for a more youthful appearance, particularly in the lower face? Are you ready to achieve gorgeous, plump lips once and for all? Then contact our office today to schedule an appointment for permanent lip augmentation in New York City.

Dr. Pearlman and the team at Pearlman Aesthetic Surgery all share a mindset of compassion, patience, and precision to help you look and feel your absolute best. Our job is to empower you on your journey to your most beautiful self yet, and we can’t wait to help you on your lip augmentation journey!


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