Some of us are lucky enough to be born with full, alluring lips. Others may have to camouflage a deficiency in that area. Everyone’s lips atrophy (shrink) with age, leaving fine lines – often called “smokers’ lines” – that have a habit of attracting lipstick in a most unappealing manner – even in non-smokers. There is no doubt that full lips are youthful and attractive, and can do more to increase one’s aesthetic appeal than most other enhancements. The question is, how can we plump up thin, or thinning, lips?
Fuller lips are a goal for many people, especially women approaching middle age, when loss of fat in the lips becomes more noticeable. And at any age, people whose lips are naturally thin may want a more sensuous mouth. Attempts to permanently enhance the upper and lower lip have met with varying degrees of success. Here are some of the methods currently in use:
Procedures that aspire to be permanent fall into three categories: injectables, implants, and surgery:
The best permanent injectable is medical-grade silicone. It is safe, but must be injected by a true expert. Once it is in the lips, it is not easily removed. For best results, the augmentation will be built up slowly, with great care. Too much silicone makes the lips look fake and feel like rubber.
Implants are another route. Some, like Softform, are made of medical-grade Gore-Tex, a synthetic material also used in sutures. Implants require incisions to insert, causing swelling that may persist for some time. There can be a host of complications with implants, not the least of which is infection. Some side effects can permanently deform the lips. Implants made of human tissue are subject to the same problems as synthetic. Consider this route very carefully.
Surgical lip augmentation involves making an incision under the nose to lift the upper lip. Done expertly, the incision is inconspicuous and the results are pleasing, especially when the procedure is combined with a facelift. The downside is that if the scar does not heal well, it is almost impossible to hide.
Fat injections are often touted as a permanent method of lip augmentation, but there is little evidence to support this claim. Even in expert hands, the results are highly variable. The problem is that fat often dissipates. This is an expensive method, with a long healing time. The good news is that if it succeeds, the effect is very natural. And if the fat dissipates, the lips are unharmed, unlike what happens with some other methods.
Most of the attention now is on temporary fillers, which offer a safe, effective means of lip enhancement. The goal is to find fillers that are long lasting and, therefore, cost effective. Temporary lip augmentation must be repeated periodically, so if expense is an issue, be sure to do the math before choosing one of these treatments.
Juvéderm is a smooth consistency gel made of hyaluronic acid—a naturally occurring substance in your skin that helps to add volume and hydration under the skin to instantly restore your skin’s volume and smooth away facial wrinkles and folds, like your “smile lines” or “parentheses” (nasolabial folds—the creases that run from the bottom of your nose to the corners of your mouth).
Restylane and Hylaform are varieties of hyaluronic acid, the same complex sugar found naturally in cartilage. The results look very natural and can last as long as seven to eight months, making these fillers very cost effective. There are few complications with hyaluronic acids, which are well tolerated by the body. In most hands, these are the best of the non-silicone lip enhancers.
Treatments That May Help
The following treatment links will take you to Ajune
for more information:
Collagen Treatment, Miracle Waves LED, Profect Laser Therapy,Microdermabrasion, Dermaster
Products That May Help: SkinCeuticals Lip Repair, Comfort Zone Lip Treatment
For more information, please contact Dr. Romita at 212-772-3220.