As we get older, our bodies and faces change – wrinkles appear and our skin gets looser. Our lips show signs of aging as well. The well-defined outline fades and our lips lose their pink color as the blood vessels get smaller. We start to notice that it’s harder to keep the lipstick on our lips as it starts to bleed into the little lines around our lips. The lips themselves get thinner and roll inward so we lose the fullness that younger lips have.
But don’t fear – we can reverse these signs of aging in our lips and maintain a youthful, but natural look! Lip augmentation is truly a maintenance procedure – helping you age gracefully.
Other women simply have thin lips from the start and want them to be full and sexy. Either way, lip augmentation can give you the look you desire.
There are 3 main ways to enhance your lips at ROXY Plastic Surgery.
These are products that contain hyaluronic acid, a natural component of your own collagen. In our office, a dental block is used to numb the area like at the dentist. This is very easy to go through and it makes the procedure pain free as the lips are very sensitive. The lips are outlined to give back that well defined lip that is clearly defined from the rest of the face. This can also subtly improve the vertical lip lines around the mouth. The lips are then enhanced with fullness. Performed correctly, this can give a very natural look to the lips.
There are also some special techniques that can be used to help a down-turned smile that starts to form as we age. Filling in the corners of the mouth in a way that levels them out so that instead of turning down and causing us to look sad, stressed, or older, they look young and relaxed.
Pros: Can be done in the office with a simple non-invasive procedure. Give the lips the most defined and natural result.
Cons: This treatment isn’t permanent – it lasts in the lips for 7months to a year. You will have some minimal bruising and swelling that can be covered with make-up.
(Hyaluronic wrinkle fillers available in America include: Belotero Balance, HylaForm, Juvederm Ultra XC, Juvederm Ultra Plus XC, Juvederm Voluma XC, Perlane, Perlane-L, Prevelle Silk, Restylane, Restylane-L, Restylane Silk)
Who doesn’t want to get rid of unwanted fat and use its good powers to make you look younger? With this type of lip augmentation, liposuction is used to harvest a small amount of fat from an unwanted area. The fat is then treated to remove the excess fluids and collect healthy fat cells which are then injected into the lips. Truly natural lip augmentation.
Pros: This treatment can be done in the office and is permanent.
Cons: There is bruising in both the lips and the liposuction area. Some of the fat is absorbed – whatever is there at 3 months is there forever but it often takes multiple treatments to get the desired lip size. It is also harder to create a certain shape to the lips with this technique – this can make lips bigger but cannot define the outlined shape.
Gortex lip implants are a great way to permanently enhance and augment your lips. After numbing up the area, a very small incision is made at the corner of the mouth and a tunnel is created into the lip. A soft permanent implant is then inserted into the upper and lower lips. This heals in in over a couple of days. This technique is great for patients with very thin lips who desire a big change.
Pros: This lip augmentation is permanent. The lips can be enhanced with a very big change because different size implants are available.
Cons: It is difficult to remove if you change your mind later – this requires surgery. The implant is soft but you can still feel it in your lips.