When it comes to facial features, many people notice the nose and eyes first. However, the lips play an important role in facial aesthetics, and poor lip contour or aging can negatively impact the look of the face overall. Because of this, many people are interested in improving their lips, but are concerned with the downtime and discomfort involved with cosmetic procedures, as well as with keeping the lips looking natural. While some types of lip enhancement do require invasive techniques, the most popular type of lip rejuvenation is with a procedure that requires little to no downtime: injectable soft tissue fillers.
Reasons for Lip Rejuvenation
There are a few reasons people seek lip rejuvenation, but the main reasons are due to aging or genetics. Youthful lips generally have good contour, fullness, and do not have problems with wrinkling that occurs with age. As collagen and facial fat begin to diminish in the face as a whole, the lips can suffer. A high movement area of the face, wrinkles are usually caused by repetitive movements, which appear as vertical lines and disrupt the aesthetics of the lips.
Some younger patients seek lip rejuvenation due to genetically thin lips, unevenness, or poor contour. Others simply want additional lip volume to further enhance the youthful, full look. Lush, full lips are in style, and lip enhancement is a safe and accessible way to accomplish these goals.
Fillers for Enhancement
Whatever the reasons patients seek lip enhancement, injectable fillers are by far the most popular procedure for accomplishing these goals. Fillers offer a minimally invasive treatment experience combined with excellent results that look and feel natural. Hyaluronic acid fillers like Restylane and Juvederm have been used for this purpose for many years, and offer temporary results to patients of all ages. Here are some issues these products can address:
Fillers can actively fill in the vertical lines that can cause makeup to bleed and results in an overall aged appearance to the lips. In addition, thinning lips will gain a volume boost, making them appear more youthful and vibrant.
Poor Contour and Volume
The lower lip should be roughly 50% larger than the top lip, but some people have thin lips that are about the same time, whether from genetics or aging. The “Cupid’s Bow” shape is highly sought-after, and fillers can help improve volume and contour to achieve this look, when the injections are performed by a qualified provider.
Injectable fillers involve a very simple procedure that is quick, involves minimal discomfort, and requires little to no downtime. A topical or other mild local anesthetic may be given prior to injection to improve patient comfort, but other than this, no other steps need to be taken in pain management. The injection process can take as little as 15 minutes, so patients can be in and out of the office quickly.
Some swelling and bruising may occur for a few days following injection, but this will subside quickly, allowing patients to start enjoying the results of lip enhancement.
While in the past, dermatologists and plastic surgeons had turned to multipurpose hyaluronic acid fillers to accomplish lip rejuvenation, times have changed. Manufacturers are paying attention to patient demand, and have introduced a few niche, FDA approved injectables to the market to help optimize results for patients.
The most recent of these products is Restylane Silk, a hyaluronic acid filler that is specifically formulated to be used in lip rejuvenation and enhancement. It is made from smaller, smoother particles than other formulas, which helps keep the lips looking and feeling natural, soft, and beautiful. An ultrafine needle further enhances the results that can be achieved with the filler.
While no hyaluronic acid fillers are permanent, Restylane Silk trials showed encouraging longevity as compared to older fillers. With high-movement areas like the lips, patients can usually expect good results for just a few months, however Restylane Silk patients showed continued improvement for 76% of trial patients, six months later. 59% still experienced improved lip fullness as well.
Choosing a Provider
Lip enhancement takes a surprising amount of skill and artistry to achieve good results, and you should always seek help from an expert, board certified cosmetic dermatologist or plastic surgeon to perform your procedure. This will ensure that you get the best care and minimize complications, such as a poor aesthetic result.
Looking for an expert in the Miami area? Dr. Diane Walder is a renowned cosmetic dermatologist, offering a wide range of effective and minimally invasive skin treatments. To learn more about lip rejuvenation with Restylane Silk, schedule an appointment with Dr. Walder or her colleague Dr. Stacy Chimento by calling 305-866-2177 today.