Lip Rejuvenation Techniques – Overview
There are many ways to rejuvenate your lips. Depending on your lip shape and desired result, you may need just one of the following treatments or several to get the look you want. Your plastic surgeon and his team can help you decide which treatment is right for you for a positive and natural-looking result. They will outline all your options and explain the full implications of each procedure in detail.
Lip Augmentation Using Restylane® Dermal Filler
Lip augmentation is an ideal solution for increasing lip volume and reducing lip wrinkles and fine lines. Augmentation is a non-surgical procedure that works to “plump” and augment the lips using an injectable dermal filler to rejuvenate their appearance. We use and recommend Restylane® because we believe it has the most consistent results. Restylane® improves the appearance of your lips by boosting volume, improving the structure and most critically, improving overall lip shape.
Lip Augmentation Using Fat Transfer
Lip augmentation may also be performed by using a process known as a fat transfer; wherein your plastic surgeon will harvest your body’s own fat – usually from the abdominal area. The fat is then prepared and injected into your lips at several insertion points to create fuller and plumper lips. Fat transfer for lips is very popular because it uses your body’s own fat rather than any artificial or foreign material that is grown in a lab. Artificial fillers are often re-absorbed by the body and necessitate frequent repeat injections. Fat transfer has permanent results for most people who elect the treatment.
Upper Lip Lift Or Lip Reduction
A lip lift or lip reduction is performed on people who feel that their upper or lower lips are disproportionate or too large. A lip lift or reduction may also improve overall facial appearance by revealing more of the upper teeth when smiling – contributing to a younger and more rejuvenated look. An upper lip lift involves an incision under the base of the nose and the removal of a section of skin and lifting the skin upwards. The incisions are hidden in natural creases beneath the nostrils, leaving no obvious scarring. Lifting the skin upwards increases the amount of visible pink lip, exposing the teeth more, and giving you fuller, and more youthful-looking lips without any plumping. Whereas, a lower lip reduction procedure involves creating a horizontal incision on the inside of the lip and removing excess tissue and fat before suturing. Either of these procedures can be combined with other surgical procedures, including lip augmentation and rhinoplasty (nasal surgery).