Soft, voluptuous, kissable lips – who among us has not coveted Angelina Jolie’s trademark lips? Lip makeovers are becoming more and more popular as patients are attracted to their quick accessibility and non-invasiveness.
What Is Lip Sculpting?
Lipsculpting involves one or more combination of procedures to add volume and restore the youthful curves of the lips. To add more volume and softness, doctors inject collagen under the skin of the lip. Additionally, a doctor may decide to inject medium-density hyaluronic acid, such as Restylane, into the lip muscle to add support to the structure of the mouth.
Because everyone has different types of lips, the kind of procedure will vary. To cater to the specific needs of a patient, it is important for the doctor to observe the patient speaking and smiling naturally. This way, he can determine if the procedure is necessary, what the appropriate treatment methods are and if results will be favorable.
For example, a patient with naturally thin lips may need increased volume, whereas a patient who has lost tissue volume due to aging may need enhanced tone.
Botox and Lip Peeling
Sometimes lip fillers may not be necessary. If a mouth is well-toned but has wrinkles due to aging, Botox can be injected to raise the corners of the mouth and loosen up the depressor muscle.
If the loss of lip softness is not too dramatic, a patient only needs a specific peeling to increase lip suppleness once again. To get rid of skin thickening (hyperkeratosis), a patient can undergo aerodynamicmicrodermabrasion, a mechanical kind of exfoliation that uses water and oxygen aerosol.
A chemical treatment used for skin peeling around the eye area may also be applied to the lips, using a brush applicator to re-sculpt and enhance the contours of the mouth.
Alternative Treatments to Enhance Your Lips
Sometimes, a patient’s flat lips are caused by improperly positioned teeth. In this case, a dental procedure to correct the volume and alignment of the teeth is the answer, rather than lip augmentation.
In some instances, a patient’s flat flips may be purely genetic, and more radical procedures like surgery and/or implants are required. Some of the techniques involved are:
• Making an incision in the inner wall that causes the border to slide outwards.
• Putting in a lip implant – A mini-prosthesis is put in the corner of the mouth, into a tunnel under the tissue, and filled up with saline solution.
Should you opt for lip injections, there are important rules to follow:
• Always steer clear from permanent fillers.
• Inject judiciously – Results must look natural and should compliment an individual’s appearance. Avoid exaggerated volume.
• After injection, the lips’ new volume must be consistent in keeping with the tone of the surrounding tissue.
Make sure you receive the right amount of injection. Pay attention to the lines in pigment of the lips that should normally shift whenever the mouth moves. If you notice that the tissue remains taut when you pronounce closed vowels, you received too much filler in your lips.