Lip fillers from our Portland-based injectors can do a lot for your look, from adding volume to evening out asymmetrical lips, from enhancing lip shape to smoothing wrinkles on and around the mouth—and even restoring lips that have lost their overall definition so that they have a more youthful appearance.

Fillers are very versatile and popular, which is probably where there are so many photos and critiques of people who have obviously enhanced pouts. A focus on “duck lips” may lead some people to be concerned about going overboard and ending up with overly large, “fake-looking” results. Even if you want bigger lips, most of us don’t want the overexaggerated “trout pout” lips that made headlines when celebrities sport them.

If this is something that concerns you when you’re having injections, here’s what you can do to ensure that your fillers look as subtle and believable as possible.

Be Clear About Your Goals

During your consultation, it’s best to be upfront about what kind of look you want to get. Everyone’s goals are unique. Some people want to add dramatic volume, while others prefer to simply sharpen definition, and so on. If you want a serious boost, go for it! But if you want very subtle results, that’s OK, too. Either way, be sure to clearly let your injector know.

Choose the Right Injector

Lip injections are not about chance. Experienced and well-trained injectors know how much filler to administer, and where, and how, in order to give you the look you are seeking. When you have a consultation, ask your injector about their qualifications. Everyone on the Waldorf Center team will be happy to share their background and experience to ensure you feel comfortable that you are working with the right person.

On the injector side, we work to be sure that we:

Use the Appropriate Amount of Filler

Most injectors err on the side of caution when it comes to applying filler. We start off by applying a small amount that’s right for the size of your natural lips. Using too much filler is often what gives you “duck lips.”

Get the Right Ratio

There are certain proportions between the upper and lower lips that look more natural than others. For example, many people consider a 1:1 ratio between the sides of the upper lip and lower lip to be ideal.

Place Filler in the Correct Areas

Getting natural-looking filler requires a certain degree of artistry. Injectors should aim to preserve the natural structure of the lips while enhancing them. Our injectors get to know the unique structure of your lips, which will naturally vary in thickness on the upper and lower lips, then add filler into specific spots that create the best possible look.

If you want lip injections that don’t look “too done,” contact us at the Waldorf Center for Plastic Surgery. Call us today at 503-646-0101, or fill out a contact form to request an appointment.