Lip enhancement refers to the range of procedures aimed at augmenting the lips for a fuller, more defined, or balanced appearance.

Lip Augmentation & Enhancement in South Africa

What is Lip Enhancement?

Lip enhancement refers to the range of procedures aimed at augmenting the lips for a fuller, more defined, or balanced appearance.

This includes addressing volume loss, shape, contour, and even dehydration.

At Dr. Nerina Wilkinson + Associates, we utilise cutting-edge, non-surgical treatments to achieve beautiful, plump, and harmoniously shaped lips tailored to complement your unique features.

Learn about the types of conditions that may result in the need for lip enhancement and our range of treatments. Contact us to book your consultation today.

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Conditions Associated with Lip Volume Loss & Aesthetics

At Dr. Nerina Wilkinson + Associates, we specialise in identifying and addressing various conditions that lead to lip volume loss, gummy smiles, and general imbalances in lip proportions. We tailor our approach to meet the unique concerns of each patient.

With decades of expertise in aesthetic medicine, paired with cutting-edge treatments, we effectively tackle issues related to ageing, genetic factors, and environmental exposure. These factors often contribute to decreased lip fullness, increased gum visibility when smiling, and imbalances in lip proportions relative to the rest of the face.

Learn more about the types of lip conditions we treat below, and contact us to book your consultation.


Ageing impacts lip volume through the gradual decrease in collagen and hyaluronic acid, leading to thinner lips and fine lines. Our treatments are designed to effectively combat the visible signs of ageing and restore your lips’ natural fullness.

Lip Lines (Perioral Lines)

Perioral lines, or lip lines, emerge primarily as a result of ageing, repetitive mouth movements, and environmental factors, notably sun exposure. Our specialised treatments aim to
reduce fine lines and restore a youthful appearance.

Sun Damage

Sun damage accelerates ageing of the perioral area and the formation of fine lines around the mouth by breaking down collagen. Our treatments target these issues, restoring hydration and volume and counteracting the effects of prolonged UV exposure.

Gummy Smile

Gummy smiles, often the result of genetics, tooth alignment, jaw positioning, or hyperactive muscles, disrupt facial balance. Our targeted muscle-relaxing injections effectively reduce gum visibility, enhancing the aesthetics of your smile.

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Types of Treatments for Lip Enhancement

At Dr. Nerina Wilkinson + Associates, we provide a suite of advanced lip enhancement treatments tailored to each patient’s individual requirements.

Our expert knowledge of aesthetic medicine allows us to offer a range of options for enhancing the lips and the perioral area, including Dermal Fillers, Signature LIPStrobing and Muscle Relaxing Injections. Each cosmetic treatment is designed to achieve natural-looking results, ensuring our patients enjoy a fuller, more defined lip appearance that complements their overall facial composition.

Explore our treatments for lip augmentation and rejuvenation of the perioral area below, and contact us to start your treatment journey.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers allow patients to attain beautiful and harmonious results, fight and effectively delay signs of ageing, and treat other skin and aesthetic concerns.
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Muscle Relaxing Injections

Botulinum toxin treatments (Neuromodulators) help you attain a more youthful and relaxed appearance, and want to prevent the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.
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Signature LipStrobing

LIPStrobing is a type of lip filler procedure, however, it differs from traditional Dermal Fillers where the goal was simply to achieve “big lips”. With LipStrobing the focus is on beautifying the supporting features as well as the lips for a holistic effect.
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Frequently asked questions about conditions & treatments associated with lip enhancement

What causes a reduction in lip volume?

A decrease in lip volume can stem from ageing—as collagen production diminishes and hyaluronic acid levels drop, this can result in thinner lips. Other factors include sun exposure, smoking, and genetic predispositions. These influences can reduce lip volume over time, affecting the overall contour and appearance of the lips.

At what age do lips start thinning?

Lip thinning typically begins in the late 20s to early 30s, coinciding with a decrease in the body’s natural production of collagen and hyaluronic acid—key components for maintaining full, youthful lips.

The rate and extent of thinning are influenced by genetics, lifestyle choices, and environmental exposures, meaning this process differs significantly from person to person. Taking early preventive actions can mitigate the natural effects of ageing. For bespoke lip enhancement advice, we recommend contacting our team of aesthetic experts to book your personalised consultation.

How to restore thinning lips?

Customised aesthetic procedures offer a path to enhance lip volume and contours.
Treatments such as dermal fillers (for enhancing volume), LIPStrobing (for refining contours and facial harmony), and muscle relaxing injections (for relaxing lip lines and treating a gummy smile) can also be effective in enhancing your lips and the perioral area.

Consulting with an expert in aesthetic medicine can help you develop a personalised treatment plan to rejuvenate your lips and restore lost volume.

How does sun damage affect the lips?

Sun damage to the lips results in the accelerated breakdown of collagen, crucial for maintaining lip volume and moisture. This leads to thinning, increased dryness, and the development of fine lines around the mouth.

Prolonged exposure without adequate protection can severely reduce lip fullness and contour, emphasising the importance of using lip care products containing SPF to mitigate these effects.

Can you enhance lips permanently?

Permanent lip enhancement can be achieved with surgical methods, including lip implants, offering long-lasting results. However, a lip implant procedure is a more invasive surgical procedure that may not consider the surrounding areas and your overall facial aesthetics holistically, therefore it is not a procedure offered at our practice.

Non-surgical options, such as lip fillers (dermal fillers), last an average of 12 – 18 months depending on the condition of your skin, the application area, the amount of product injected, injection technique and lifestyle factors. They are often applied to the lips and the surrounding facial structures to create harmonious and natural-looking results.

Personal preference and a consultation with an Aesthetic Doctor can determine the best approach for achieving the desired results.

How to get fuller lips?

Several effective treatments are available to enhance the volume and shape of the lips as well as the perioral area. Each offers unique benefits and results. Some of the most notable treatment approaches for the lips and surrounding areas include muscle relaxing injections, dermal fillers, facial fat grafting and lip contouring.

A professional assessment and consultation are crucial to tailor the enhancement of your lips to your needs, ensuring natural and harmonious results.

How long do lip enhancements last?

The longevity of lip enhancements varies by the type of treatment. Dermal fillers and LIPStrobing typically show full results within 14 days, lasting, on average, 12 to 18 months. Factors such as skin condition, application area, the amount of product used, and lifestyle choices.

Muscle relaxing injections, another popular option, generally last 3 to 4 months. For sustained results, discussing the timing of follow-up procedures with your Aesthetic Specialist is crucial.

Is lip enhancement safe?

Lip enhancement, when performed by a qualified and experienced professional using approved materials, is generally considered safe. Treatments such as dermal fillers and muscle-relaxing injections are well-documented for their safety when administered by an experienced and qualified specialist.

However, as with any cosmetic procedure, there are potential risks and side effects, including allergic reactions, bruising, and infection. It’s crucial to discuss these risks with your provider and ensure you follow all safety, pre and post-treatment protocols.

How do I choose the right treatment for lip enhancement?

Always start with a professional consultation with qualified and experienced specialists for an in-depth analysis of your facial features and to reach a good understanding of your lip shape, concerns and goals.

Our unique and comprehensive aesthetic couture consultation is available for you to discuss and analyse your concerns and goals and for our team of specialists to provide bespoke advice to help you achieve fuller, plumper and natural-looking lips.

Schedule your aesthetic couture consultation today!

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Lip augmentation journey

At Dr. Nerina Wilkinson + Associates, we specialise in transforming lips to achieve a fuller, more defined appearance through state-of-the-art lip enhancement treatments. Our skilled Aesthetic Doctors utilise the latest techniques in aesthetic medicine to tailor lip enhancement procedures suited to your unique facial features and aesthetic goals.

Reach out to book your consultation at our esteemed clinic in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, and embark on the path to achieving the beautiful, voluminous lips you desire.