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Lip Augmentation

The lips and the area around the mouth often show unpleasant changes as we age: loss of volume, lip lines, thinning lips. Too much volume is unattractive, but most patients regardless of their age like shapely full lips. This is a sign of youth. Many interventions can rehabilitate the lips as well as the area around the mouth.

As we age, the pink of the lips loses shape and border definition, and this overall volume loss creates contraction that leads to vertical lines surrounding both upper and lower lips. Changes in the facial skeleton also cause the lips to roll inward, towards the teeth, and the youthful upward curvature of the upper lip becomes flat or a convex surface that is unappealing. The distance between the bottom of the nose, and the vermillion border (the junction of the pink of the lip with the skin) increases, and the philtrum and cupid’s bow flatten out and lose shape and definition.

There are many interventions to rehabilitate the lips as well as the area around the mouth

Dermal Filler

Probably the most common procedure to restore more youthful lips is with hyaluronic acid dermal filler. When restoring lip volume, my goal is to restore the patient’s lips to what they looked like when the patient was in her mid 20s. I consider many factors during the consultation- the patient’s age, goals/ expectations, previous treatments, the overall mouth area, timing, the list could go on.

Example of patient treated with Surgical Lip Augmentation

To achieve the most natural results, the ideal solution is to address the entire mouth area rather than only one or two areas. If this is not possible, then you should start with the treatment which makes the most visible impact.

Laser Resurfacing

When lines and wrinkles around the mouth are deeper and more severe, the patient frequently also needs some form of laser resurfacing. These will improve skin quality and stimulate collagen development which over time will fill in the wrinkles and lines. This ranges from fractional laser resurfacing, to ablative CO2 laser treatment, to radio frequency based needling treatments. Coundouriotis Facial Plastic Surgery & Laser Center offers all these treatments. During the consultation, Dr. Coundouriotis will make recommendations about which is best solution.

Surgical Lip Augmentation

Surgical lip augmentation is a simple in-office surgery which is an excellent procedure which reduces the vertical distance to the nose, restores definition to the cupid’s bow and restores the shape of the lips overall. It also restores natural volume to the pink of the lip, and all of this is in a long lasting, natural way. This procedure is also a great option to reduce the deepest portion of the vertical lip lines that are the closest to the lips. These lines seem to bother patients the most.

Example of patient treated with Surgical Lip Augmentation

Lip Augmentation

Surgical lip augmentation also allows us to use the patient’s own tissue if additional volume is needed for shaping or fullness. Sutures are removed in one week, and lipstick can be applied after the first week. The lips appear natural with the added benefit of much better shape and definition that cannot be accomplished with filler injections alone. This is a quick recovery procedure that can be done alone or in combination with other procedures.

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