LIP ENHANCEMENT (LIP AUGMENTATION) PROCEDURES
Aesthetic deformities of the lips can be caused by both genetics and/or environmental issues. Aging, exposure to UV rays (from tanning beds or natural sunlight), pollution and smoking are all examples of environmental factors contributing to a decrease in the youthful fullness of the lips, and causing the formation of lines on and around the lip region. Genetics also play a key role in the formation of lip structure, as some individuals are simply born with thin upper and/or lower lips. Lip enhancement (otherwise referred to as ‘lip augmentation’) procedures are performed to correct and treat the aforementioned genetic and environmental cosmetic problems of the lips, resulting in fuller, more youthful, symmetrical and plump lips.
LIP ENHANCEMENT OPTIONS AND PROCEDURE
With age, hyaluronic acid (HA) levels decrease, causing a loss of lip volume and fullness. For this reason, hyaluronic acid-based treatments (ie. Radiesse, Juvederm, Perlane, Hydrelle) are the most frequently utilized lip enhancement procedures. HA attracts water to the injection site, creating a natural swelling, “plumping” effect, typically lasting about six months, after which time, the injections will need to be repeated in order to maintain the results. Hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers have continued to surge in popularity over the past few years because of their effectiveness, safety, and natural-looking results.
Other lip augmentation options include injections of collagen, liquid silicone, Botox, or the patient’s own fat (generally from the thigh or flank area), in order to restore volume and structure to the lip and lower region of the face. The lips are a very sensitive area of the face, and to ameliorate any potential discomfort during the lip enhancing injections, regional anesthesia will be utilized. Following the lip augmentation procedure, patients may experience some temporary swelling and redness, which generally subsides within 24 hours, and can be minimized with regular icing of the area.
For optimal results, your lip enhancement procedure should be performed by a skillful, board certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. J. Timothy Katzen. Dr. Katzen takes pride in keeping abreast of the latest advances in the field of non-surgical facial treatments, and has helped many patients rejuvenate the appearance of their lips with lip enhancement procedures at his private practice in Beverly Hills, California.
Dr. Katzen’s practice is built on the foundational principle of procedural customization, meaning that as a patient, you will receive a unique treatment plan, tailored to reflect your specific aesthetic preferences, and designed to bring your cosmetic goals to fruition. Dr. Katzen and his professional staff have created a warm, welcoming office environment, where you will feel secure and comfortable throughout your lip enhancement treatment experience.
Dr. Katzen and his professional team understand the importance of well-informed patients, and will take the time to thoroughly explain your lip augmentation options. If you would like additional information about lip enhancement procedures please contact our office today. We look forward to speaking with you and to scheduling your initial consultation with Dr. Katzen.