As our face ages, striking changes occur in our lips. As we age, skin laxity develops in the face, and the lip begins to sag, lengthen and turn inward. The pink part of the lip, the beautiful Cupid’s bow, the part of the upper lip which is curved, becomes less evident as the lip turns inward. In addition, lip wrinkles, lip lines and lipstick lines develop as we age.
These lines are the result of years of pursing action of the lip muscles and create an aged appearance to the mouth.
Fillers can be injected into the lips to create a young full lip. Filler injections not only make the lip full but also distend the lip skin which has the effect of lessening lip lines and lip wrinkles.
When injected properly, fillers turn the pink portion of the upper lip upward, lessening the distance from the pink lip to the nose. This helps create a younger appearance to the lip, as the lip tends to turn down and lengthen as we age. The only downside to fillers is that they need to be repeated at least yearly, sometimes at six months.
- Fat Injections – Fat is harvested from another body area such as the hip. The removed fat is treated in a way to improve “take” or survival after transplantation. The fat is then injected into the lip to plump and fill the tissue. Fat injection works, but there is prolonged swelling and bruising following fat injection. Since 50% of the fat will dissolve, the surgeon has to over correct the injection. It can take three to six months for the final result to be seen.
- Lip Augmentation with Lip Implants – There are several implants which can be used. These implants are small and soft and very different from breast implants. The results of lip augmentation with lip implants can be excellent and are permanent, unlike fillers. However, implants pose a risk of rejection by the body. If implants are rejected and need to be removed, significant scarring and deformity can result.
- Lip Lift Surgery – There are two common lip lift procedures. The best is a newer technique done on the inside of the upper lip, thus no visible scar. During the lip lift procedure, small flaps of the mucosa (pink tissue in mouth) are bunched to push the lip outward and up. Results can be excellent, and the lack of visible scars is a big plus.
Who should do my lip augmentation?
Fillers – You should see an expert who has experience in lip injection techniques. Typically this would be a board certified plastic surgeon. Many board certified dermatologist also do fillers. For more information on lip fillers visit esteemmedispa.com.au
Finding a doctor who has experience in creating a beautiful lip with fillers is essential. It is not easy to get a perfect result. Experience and technical skill are important. Ask the doctor to show you photos of his/her work. Ask how many lip injections they have done. Trust your gut instincts about the answer you get.
Lip Enhancement Surgery – A board certified plastic surgeon with experience in lip surgery should be consulted. The lips are a complex vital structure of the face with both aesthetic and very important functional components. Thus you will be better served if you seek out a board certified plastic surgeon who is experienced in lip surgery.