When it comes to facial aesthetics, the lips are one of the most important and personal areas to consider. The “ideal” lip varies greatly among individuals, cultures and age groups. Research and studies have found that, generally, the ideal lip has the following characteristics: Fullness and volume, correct balance between the upper and lower lip, and a well-defined vermillion border.
Many individuals have genetically thin lips and natural asymmetries. In addition, as we age our lips fall victim to sun damage, environmental stressors, and loss of collagen and volume. Smoking and genetics may contribute significantly to volume loss of the lips and “smoker’s lines.” All of these concerns can be addressed through proper skin care and lip augmentation through a variety of products and minimally invasive treatments to rejuvenate and enhance lips.
Treatments for the Lips
Many patients ask about getting the “lip flip” which involves injecting a small amount Botox to the upper lip area. Botox relaxes the muscles which results in an upward curl of the upper lip. This creates the appearance of greater volume in the upper lip. Botox can also be used in the perioral region to elevate the corners of the mouth, minimize fine lines around the mouth, and treat a “gummy smile.” The benefits of using Botox to enhance the lip area include minimal to no downtime, budget-friendliness and results that can last up to 3 Months.
There are several dermal fillers that are approved for lip augmentation and correction. Some of the best performing lip fillers are found in the Juvederm collection. Juvederm fillers are compromised of hyaluronic acid which is a naturally-occurring substance that our bodies produce. Hyaluronic acid provides moisture, softness and volume to our skin and tissues.