What is Lip Enhancement?
A common facial feature that many people look to enhance or improve is the lips. Full lips are aesthetically pleasing and can create a more youthful appearance of the face overall, so it’s not a surprise that people who are displeased with the fullness and shape of their own lips are looking for ways to improve them. Here at the Plastic and Cosmetic Center of South Texas, we have options that can help.
Lip enhancement or augmentation can be done in a variety of ways. The most common way is through the use of dermal fillers such as Juvederm®.
Dermal fillers for the lips can assist with increasing fullness as well as decreasing the appearance of fine lip wrinkles and improving the appearance of a “drooping” mouth. Dermal fillers for the lips are hyaluronic acid based. This is a substance that is naturally found in the human body, mostly in joints and the fluid of the eyes. It is an FDA-approved filler ingredient that, when used for cosmetic and medicinal purposes, is either harvested from rooster combs or created in a laboratory. It is very useful for plumping lips, and while the results are not permanent, they are long-lasting. You will generally see results for eight to 12 months before another injection is needed.
Lip Augmentation: Why Juvederm?
Age-related skin problems aren’t just a problem for the facial skin. The lips suffer as well. After all, your lips are covered in skin just like the rest of you. As you continue to age, specific problems begin to rear their ugly head. These include thinning of the lips and a loss of volume, wrinkling of the lip skin, and a straightening of the lip boundaries. Your lips can affect the appearance of your entire face, and when tightened or thinned, they can make your eyes look unbalanced as well. Lip augmentation can often produce excellent results via the injection of dermal fillers, and Juvederm is one of the most effective and thus popular of these filler gels.
This type of dermal filler works because the gel helps maintain lip shape while the hyaluronic acid particles contained in the gel bind with water molecules. This helps plump the lips and restore a more youthful appearance. We are skin care specialists in the San Antonio area and will be happy to consult with you to discuss your lip augmentation options.
What’s Special About Juvederm?
This acid-based gel compound was formulated to increase volume in areas where the skin is brittle and is presenting an indented appearance. It helps fill out creases and dimples on the cheeks and around the nose bridge, but it has recently become more and more popular as a filler gel for lip enhancement.
This brand of dermal filler is a smooth gel that has a more uniform consistency than most other injectable gel fillers. It contains hyaluronic acid, a type of sugar compound produced naturally in the body. Unfortunately, most adults have a decreased amount of it in their skin. The acid particles attract and bind with water molecules, and this results in a cushioning effect that helps keep the skin taut and supple.
For the purpose of lip augmentation, we will suggest one of the various formulations of Juvederm. Several different densities and levels of malleability are available, and we will choose one after consulting with you and performing a close examination of your lip shape and structure. Juvederm is popular as a lip tissue enhancer because the injection procedure takes only minutes and produces results that last for up to nine months.
Simple Injection Procedure
We will listen to your concerns during the consultation and design a customized procedure based on your results expectations. We will inject some of the gel directly into the lip tissue to promote volume increase. We may then inject small amounts of the filler into areas around the lip boundary. The gel itself acts as a structural support, and we can move it around a bit with our fingers once it’s in place. However, you need not worry about further spreading of the gel once the treatment is completed.
We have complete control over the procedure because the amount of volume increase and the location of the injection sites are predetermined. If you desire a bit more reshaping of the lip boundary after the initial treatment, we can perform a secondary procedure to enhance the lips’ appearance even further.
Experience The Juvederm Difference
This family of dermal fillers produces long-lasting results, and there’s no downtime after treatment. You’ll notice near-immediate results that will really elevate your confidence and self-esteem. Contact us in the San Antonio area today to schedule an appointment for a consultation. We think you’ll be thrilled when we show you before-and-after photos. Juvederm may be just the solution you’ve been seeking for the improvement of your lip structure and shape.
To learn more about lip augmentation or enhancement options, call our San Antonio office today.