Lip Augmentation is a frequently requested procedure since the mouth area tends to loose volume with age or exhibits underdevelopment in some individuals. Various techniques have been used over the years to enhance the lips and the surrounding tissues, some temporary and some permanent.
The current fillers which are used for temporary lip (perioral) augmentation include the popular HA products of Juvederm or Restylane. These fillers can last from 4 to 8 monhs in most individuals, and sometimes longer. Radiesse has been used in the past , but is very technique sensitive. A new product, Voluma has just been released for facial augmentation with a duration of 2 years.
Patient before lip augmentation and perioral augmentation
Patient after lip augmentation and perioral augmentation
Permanent Lip Augmentation has also been peformed with such materials as the patient's own fat. In this case when properly performed, the old saying has to be changed to "A monment on the hips, a lifetime on the Lips"! Another popular permanent material is Gortex, a material that has been used for many years to patch blood vessels and abdominal wall defects. Other materials have been used off label to augment this area but must be discussed with your surgeon to see if you are a candidate.
Patient at age 54 with collagen in lips
Patient at age 63 with face lift and re-augmentatiion of lips to mimic the way she looked at age 54!
If you think you may be a candidate for a mini lift, please call our office today to set up a thorough consultation.
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