Full lips and a wrinkle-free mouth are hallmarks of a youthful face. As we age, our lips naturally lose their volume, becoming thinner and less defined with fine lines starting to appear around them. This condition can be alleviated entirely without surgery by injecting a small amount of natural hyaluronic filler which will restore the lips back to their former youthful appearance.
With the natural ageing process our lips will lose their original volume, appearing thinner and less defined. Wrinkles and fine lines can alter the smooth look of your lips further and compromise the shape of the vermilion borders and ‘cupid’s bow’. The corners of the mouth, known as oral commissures, will also deepen over time as volume is lost from the face. This may be present either on its own or accompanied by ‘marionette lines’ that extend downwards from the corners of the mouth. The lines can cause you to look unhappy even when you’re not and are one of the biggest contributors to the face’s aged appearance.
Lip Enhancement is a procedure that improves the shape and fullness of your lips. It is very frequently performed by employing non-permanent natural dermal fillers such as Juvéderm and Restylane to help achieve a more alluring look in a short period of time.
In addition to treating lips that patients consider to be too small, lip enhancement is also performed to improve thin or flat lips, lips that appear too fat, or where there is no bottom lip. It can also be used to correct lopsided lips or where the lips or cupid’s bow are poorly defined.
In circumstances where the lips are too large or asymmetrical a lip lift surgery may be needed. Large lips may also benefit from liposuction treatment. However such more radical options are usually permanent as the structure of the lips is drastically altered, and in the majority of cases simple non-surgical enhancement using dermal fillers is all that is required.
To find out how lip enhancement works we spoke to Dr Allen Rezai, Lead Consultant Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgeon at Elite Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Group and specialist facial surgeon experienced in both surgical and non-surgical rejuvenation treatments. According to Dr Rezai, the lip edges can be treated to restore youthful contours and redefine the borders of the lips, which also helps prevent lipstick from seeping out into the skin. This leaves patients with a crisp, well-defined shape.
Dr Rezai explains that “Enhancing the lips themselves adds natural-looking volume and balance to the body of the lips, producing a sensual and pronounced pout. This is the most common enhancement sought by our patients. Treatment of the fine lines and wrinkles caused by pursing of the lips or smoking gives a fresher and more youthful appearance. The trough between the lips and the nose, known as the ‘philtrum’, can also be enhanced to improve both contour and definition.”
Fillers were originally made from collagen or silicone. But according to Dr Rezai “These are now very outdated! The advanced fillers we use are made from Hyaluronic acid which is a substance occurring naturally in the body. Hyaluronic acid helps maintain structure and thickness of the skin but it will be depleted slowly through the ageing process. Thus these advanced dermal fillers are not permanent and will naturally break down. Depending on the area treated and the individual patient, the effects will last anywhere from 3 to 9 months.”
As to how the treatment is carried out, Dr Rezai explains that “for purposes of comfort, an anaesthetic cream will be applied prior to the procedure. Some of the advanced dermal fillers themselves also contain a local anaesthetic for added comfort and is injected with a small, fine needle. At consultation, a patient’s precise requirements will be discussed to ensure that the treatment is tailored to the desired outcome. However in general the treatment usually takes from 20 to 30 minutes depending upon the extent of the areas to be treated.”
Of course every patient is keen to see the results of their treatment as quickly as possible and fortunately, according to Dr Rezai, the effect is immediate, with virtually no recovery time needed, patients being able to carry on with their normal routines immediately following their appointment.
Dr Rezai explains that “in some patients lip fillers can last up to 9 months, whereas in others they might last no more than 3 to 6 months. However the effects improve with every treatment. During the consultation the patient will be advised of which filler is most suitable in her case,” says Dr Rezai. “There are softer fillers that give a more defined and sharper look but break down quicker than thicker and firmer fillers that result in a plumper look and can last much longer. Other factors such as age and smoking also play a big part in determining the life of dermal fillers. But generally speaking the results will improve and last longer with subsequent treatments.”
According to Dr Rezai, it is common to have some redness and swelling immediately following the treatment, but this usually resolves within a few days.
For more information concerning Lip Enhancement treatments and other types of facial rejuvenation, both non-surgical and surgical, offered at Elite Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Group or to book a Consultation, call +971 4 431 2396 or visit http://elitecosmeticsurgery.ae
They can also be contacted directly through their clinic in Dubai at the following address:
Elite Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Group FZ-LLC
Al Razi Building 64, Block C
4th Floor, Unit 4012
Oud Metha Road, P.O.Box 127610
Dubai Healthcare City