Solutions for Aging Lips

“In art, only that which has character is beautiful,” the sculptor Rodin once remarked. What better way to add character to your new look than an elegant blossom of full, rejuvenated lips.

In Beverly Hills, plastic surgeon Charles S. Lee, MD is celebrated for his ability to turn back the clock by restoring vitality to every part of your complexion and appearance. With the passage of time, our lips often become thinner as we lose collagen, the natural protein that keeps our facial features looking smooth and vibrant. How much and how fast you lose depends in part on environment and lifestyle, but mostly genetics.

A Bouquet of Non-Surgical Anti-Aging Lip Treatment Choices

Dermal fillers are a great way to add fullness to lips and erase wrinkles near the mouth. The variety of dermal fillers continues to expand, and Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Charles S. Lee closely studies the benefits of each new product. Although not permanent, dermal fillers are quick and convenient, requiring just a few office visits or sometimes a single injection session.

Juvéderm Volbella is especially popular for adding volume to thinning lips while restoring balance and erasing nearby fine lines. Vertical lip lines and so-called marionette lines respond well to Juvéderm XC, which requires only one visit to achieve results that may last the entire year.

Smile lines and more noticeable wrinkles can be effectively treated with Radiesse Volumizing Filler, a gel containing hydroxylapatite microspheres which trigger collagen production at the injection site. Another effective gel is Restylane. Its key ingredient, hyaluronic acid, adds fullness to lips and smooths fine lines quickly and conveniently, with results that last six months or more. Botox, which relaxes muscles that may be creating folds or creases, can also be an option for treating wrinkles near the lips.

Surgical Lip Augmentation Alternatives

Although application of dermal fillers smooths wrinkles and adds fullness for up to two years, the results are nonetheless temporary. Surgical solutions do exist, such as a procedure in which a small amount fat is removed from the abdomen or another part of the body using liposuction, and injected into the lips as a natural filler.

Some patients who want a more dramatic boost to lip volume choose implants. The custom implant is made of silicone or a similarly flexible material, and surgically inserted into the lips through tiny incisions that leave no noticeable scars.

In each case, the key to your satisfaction is the skill, knowledge and experience of your plastic surgeon. A sculptor’s eye for proportion is also essential, as dermal fillers need to be injected precisely to achieve the fullness and symmetry that will be the centerpiece of your incredible new look.

To learn more about the many options for restoring youth to your facial features, schedule a personal consultation with Charles S. Lee, MD, or contact the Beverly Hills office of Enhance® Medical Center today.