Full lips are sensual and a sign of youth. A normal, youthful lip:
As we age:
We now have a variety of techniques available to enhance your lips, or return them to their youthful state giving them a naturally full, sexier, more youthful appearance.
Replacement of lost substance with Juvéderm® Ultra XC Injectable Gel, Juvéderm® Volbella™ or Juvéderm® Volure™ offers excellent immediate results. Either separately or combined they can redefine the lips and philtral columns, add volume and erase lines. Although your body will eventually absorb much of what is injected, each subsequent treatment is usually less than the preceding one. Treatments generally last between 10 to 18 or more months depending on the product, but results can be quite different from person to person. Fat is also an excellent filler for the aging lips, especially since the aging deformity is secondary to loss of fat there, and it is more permanent. We perform filler and fat injections in the office in a spa-like setting using numbing. We also use blunt cannulas to reduce the incidence of bruising and the risk of injection of a blood vessel. Medications are available to further help reduce bruising. You can return immediately to your normal activities.
We have given up “Alloderm®,” (a solid modified collagen sheet) as a graft and solid silicone implants because they have a much higher risk of problems and complications, and generally do not give as good results as other methods.
For the upper lip, another option is excision of a strip of the stretched upper lip skin, hiding the scar at the lip vermillion or nose junction. This turns the red of the lip out, and can even give you a smiling appearance. It is done under local anesthesia in our office surgical suite. You are able to return to most normal activities following the procedure, but, if you elect to use a sedative, you will need someone to drive you home. Swelling and some bruising will be present immediately following the procedure and can take a week or two to disappear completely. We can, however, show you how to easily disguise this with camouflage makeup.