Lip Enhancement and Facial Line and Fold Filling
Goal: to fill facial lines and folds to turn back the “aging clock” by minimizing the signs of aging; to improve the appearance and size of your lips.
A more youthful face is rounder and fuller. Aging involves more than just the effect of gravity. Loss of soft tissue, fat and muscle and reduction of facial bone fullness leads to a “deflated” appearance. Restoring volume to the folds, tear troughs, cheeks, corners of the mouth and marionette lines has helped many men and women we see to look 5, 10 or even 15 years younger – without surgery!
If you would like more information on cosmetic injectable fillers, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Steven Yarinsky, please contact our practice today.
Types of Injectable Fillers
Radiesse® is a calcium based filler which is safe and effective for performing “liquid facelifts”. Juvéderm® Injectable Gel and Restylane® are hyaluronic acid products that provide less “oomph” or structural support than Radiesse®, but may be useful to fill early signs of aging and for the lips, where a softer result is desired. Radiesse® can last 18 months or more before touch up or retreatment is desired. While fillers can be used alone to help you look younger, they are often combined with facial cosmetic surgery and act as the “icing on the cake” to give the best possible results. Your own body fat can also be used as an effective filler. But weight gain or loss can cause the fat cells to grow or shrink distorting the results.
Most of us want an attractive smile, and this includes attractive full lips. Some people have naturally full lips while others have underdeveloped or thin lips due to heredity or the process of aging. As we age, lips become smaller and thinner. While there are many procedures designed to improve lips, none are perfect. Collagen, Juvéderm® Injectable Gel, or your own body fat can be used to plump lips, to fill your upper lip-cheek fold and to soften the lines between your eyebrows. Collagen is a temporary fix, lasting a few months, while fat injections can produce long lasting results and JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel may last a year or more. Other solid fillers such as Gore-Tex® are available, but use of these may lead to complications such as infection, hardness and rejection and Dr. Yarinsky prefers not to use them.
Lips can also be enhanced by reducing the vertical wrinkles of the skin around the lip by skin resurfacing methods such as Ultra-Pulse Laser Resurfacing. It is often a better choice to treat the surface of the skin with the laser to improve fine wrinkle lines than by injecting the lips and line. The results of Laser Resurfacing to treat fine wrinkle lines can be spectacular! Healing can vary from hours (injectables) to several weeks (implant or laser resurfacing).
The specific risks and the suitability of these procedures for you can be determined only at the time of your consultation with Dr. Yarinsky. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual. Most people are very happy with the results but no specific result can be guaranteed. JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel is a registered trademark of Allergan Industrie, SAS
This procedure is done at our Joint Commission accredited office facility.