Lip Augmentation

If you have thin lips or a large space between your mouth and nose, you may feel self-conscious about your appearance and wish to balance out your facial features.

Depending on your goals, board-certified plastic surgeon Patricia Berbari can perform lip augmentation using dermal fillers or your own fat. She also offers lip lift procedures.

Learn how lip augmentation or lip lift surgery at our Gatineau, QC, practice can improve your appearance.

How Does the Process Work?

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Dermal fillers or your own fat can be injected into the lips to add volume and give them a fuller look.

Why Choose Dr. Berbari?

Dr. Berbari is board-certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She is experienced in a comprehensive range of cosmetic procedures for the face, body, and breasts. Patients from Gatineau, Ottawa, and surrounding areas can schedule a free consultation to learn more about our surgical and minimally invasive treatments for the face or breasts–virtually any area you would like to enhance.

"No matter if you choose to undergo lip augmentation with injectables or your own fat, you can enjoy outstanding outcomes from a relatively simple procedure." - Dr. Berbari

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Lip Augmentation

In this video, Dr. Patricia Berbari discusses our three lip augmentation options and candidacy. Our lip augmentation options include hydrogenic acid injection, fat injection, and a lip lift. Anyone who thinks his or her lips are too thin is a good candidate for this procedure.

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A couple of month ago Dr. Berbari performed a smart liposuction on my chin. The results were excellent. The procedure was pain free and the recovery was fast. I followed her recommendations pre and post operation and had hardly any bruising or swelling.  I am posting this now after seeing the final results a couple of months after the procedure and am very pleased.
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I have had an amazing experience with Dr. Berbari. She was the first one in the region to do body contouring and fat transfer, including Brazilian butt lift! I did the procedure with her and am extremely satisfied. She was professional, kind and ethical, providing me with all the information in advance, the benefits, he risks etc. She was also superb during the follow up of my surgery, very kind and attentive. My results are what I expected, enhanced without being extreme, giving me nice curves.
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Your Lip Enhancement Options

Undergoing lip enhancement at our plastic surgery practice, serving Gatineau and Ottawa, can enhance your overall appearance and boost your self-confidence. Dr. Patricia Berbari will explain the unique advantages of each form of lip augmentation to determine the approach that is right for you.

Lip Augmentation with Injectables

Lip enhancement using an injectable dermal filler offers a minimally invasive way to highlight your lips. During treatment, which takes less than half an hour, we will inject a special material into your lips to increase their size. We can perform lip enhancement using hyaluronic acid, a natural compound found in human connective tissue that can boost the volume of lips for up to one year. Dr. Berbari will review the advantages of each dermal filler during your initial consultation to determine the type that can best achieve your goals.

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Lip Augmentation with Your Own Fat

If you are seeking the most dramatic, long-lasting cosmetic results possible, Dr. Berbari may recommend lip enhancement with your own fat. She is one of the few plastic surgeons in the Gatineau and Ottawa areas offering this treatment. The advantage of choosing fat transfer is that you can have a larger volume injected in one session, the feel is more natural, and results last longer. In addition, the result is more uniform because there is less risk of getting lumps or foreign body reactions.

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Before and after lip implants

Lip Implants

This facial surgery option involves the placement of lip implants and it is the longest-lasting lip enhancement option. However, many patients prefer fillers or fat transfer because these procedures offer more natural-looking results compared to implant surgery. In addition, the placement of implants requires a longer recovery period.

What Is a Lip Lift?

Many patients who visit our office describe cosmetic concerns that would be more easily addressed with a "lip lift." This surgical procedure achieves permanent results and is designed to minimize the space between the top of the upper lip and the nose. It can also create the appearance of a larger upper lip, so it is often preferred by patients who want to see more vertical height in their lip line but not necessarily more volume.

Preparing for Treatment

Dermal filler injections are less invasive than fat transfer, and do not require preparation or restrictions. However, patients undergoing the fat transfer procedure should avoid blood thinners like anti-inflammatory medication (Advil, Motrin, etc.), garlic, ginger, and alcohol to prevent bruising.

The Fat Transfer Treatment Process

Because fat must be harvested for this procedure, it involves more steps than lip enhancement with dermal fillers, which only involves administering an injectable.
The entire treatment process is performed under local anesthetic with minimal discomfort.
The entire treatment process is performed under local anesthetic with minimal discomfort.

Administer Anesthesia

Patients will first receive local anesthesia so they remain comfortable throughout the treatment process.

Harvest Excess Tissue

Fat is harvested from the abdomen through a tiny incision in the belly button.

Process the Fat

The fat is treated with an advanced washing and centrifugation process.

Create Incisions

Next, Dr. Berbari will make tiny incisions at the edges of your lips.

Apply Injections

Finally, the fat will be transferred and massaged into the lips to produce a fuller appearance.

Risks and Disadvantages

Lip enhancement is considered very safe. However, these forms of treatment do pose certain risks.


The risks of lip enhancement with an injectable include:

  • Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Bruising and even hematoma (excessive bleeding)
  • Soreness or aching, which typically dissipates quickly

Fat Transfer

The downsides of using your own fat include:

  • Infection
  • More expensive
  • More swelling that may last up to two weeks
  • In rare cases, the procedure needs to be repeated
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Dr. Patricia Berbari offers plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures to treat a variety of conditions. 
Our board-certified plastic surgeon is affiliated with a number of medical societies, including:

  • Collège des médecins du Québec
  • Association des spécialistes en chirurgie plastique et esthétique du Québec
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Canadian Laser and Aesthetic Specialists Society
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

To schedule a consultation, call us at (819) 243-7667 or contact us online today!

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