Lip Augmentation (Lip Lift)
Fuller lips are a sign of youth and sexuality. Women accentuate their lips with lipstick. Unfortunately, with aging the lips atrophy and become thinner. Some develop lines and wrinkles around the lips as well. There are multitudes of ways to achieve fuller lips. A simple way is by injecting a filler.
There are a number of fillers that are made of hyaluronic acid which is a natural substance that already exists in the human body and is used to provide volume and fullness to the skin. Restylane, Hylaform and Juvederm are all hyaluronic acid based products that have been approved by the FDA. Their effects generally last up to about six months. Since a local anesthetic is not incorporated in these products the patient may need application of numbing cream prior to the lip augmentation.
To achieve fullness at the vermilion (the border of the lip) and the body of the lip the combination of a form of collagen such as Cosmoderm and CosmoPlast and hyaluronic acids works effectively and our patients have been extremely pleased.
Fat injections can also be used for lip augmentation. Small amount of fat harvested from some other part of the body can be injected in to the lips. The advantage of fat it is autologous (from self) and therefore there is no chance of sensitivity or allergy. Disadvantages are that fat in the lips tend to dissolve over time and repeated injections are necessary.
There are also a number of materials that can be implanted in to the lip. AlloDerm is processed human skin that is rendered immunologically inert by a special process that removes its antigenic components that can lead to rejection. It was originally developed for treatment of burn victims. Unlike the other injectable fillers the AlloDerm implant is replaced by patient’s own collagen and seems to last longer. The insertion of the implant involves a small surgical procedure where tiny incisions are made at the corner of the lips and the implant is rolled in to the upper and lower lips. With this procedure the patient should expect more significant swelling for the first few days and therefore more downtime.
Call our Rancho Santa Margarita office at Rancho Santa Margarita Office Phone Number 949-888-0332 with any questions about Lip Augmentation (Lip Lift) or to schedule your appointment with Orange County Oral Surgery & Periodontics.
Another material that can be used to augment the lip is Soft Form also known as UltraSoft. UltraSoftfacial implant is a soft,tube-shaped implant made of a biocompatiblepolymer called ePTFE. This material is similar to GoreTex (but is much softer) and has been safely used for more than 20 years in a variety of medical applications including blood vesselreplacement and hernia repair. Placing this permanent implant beneath the skin can enhance and define the lips.