Lip Enhancement | Lip Augmentation WI Plastic Surgery
The features and shape of our lips simultaneously define our facial appearance, and are the focus of sensual touch on our face. Soft, voluptuous lips are associated not only with youth and vitality but with sensuality.
Lip enhancement usually focuses on increasing the size of the lips. Age-related lip flattening, thinning, and loss of border definition, especially along the central “Cupid's bow” area of the upper lip, is effectively and safely reversed by increasing the amount of show of the red lip and by redefining the delicate curvature of the border of the lips through methods that restore lip volume.
Injectable Dermal Fillers
It is advisable to first undergo a temporary Dermal Filler procedure which will allow you to evaluate the appearance, movement and feeling of your lips in the augmented state, before proceeding with longer-lasting or more permanent surgical implant options. A variety of dermal fillers are available and are placed into the lips through injections. Dermal Fillers are also used to eliminate or reduce other age-related lip features, such as deepened folds along the cheek borders, drooping at the corners of the mouth, or small vertical "smokers" lines.
This office based treatment available through Dr. Parfitt’s non surgical clinic AestheticA Skin Health Center requires simple topical numbing and minimal to no ‘down time’. Duration of injectable dermal fillers range from 3-12 months or longer.
Augmentation of the lips can be achieved with the implantation of synthetic or organic materials.
Alloderm is the most popular material for surgical lip augmentation and consists of dermis, the most durable part of the skin. This soft, natural feeling material is inserted through tiny incisions made on the inside corners of the mouth. Alloderm eventually becomes integrated with the natural tissue of the body. Although at first it was thought that such material was permanent, long term research has shown that the body does break the material down eventually. Individual results will vary however results are likely to last a few years or more.
Gore-Tex or other forms of synthetic implants provide permanent results but don’t always feel entirely natural.
Regardless of your choice of implant the procedure is done as an outpatient under conscious sedation. Dissolvable stitches are used inside the corners of the mouth, which typically last a week. Downtime depends on the level of bruising and swelling that occurs, but most patients return to work after a week.
As we age, our upper lip begins to droop and flatten. A surgical lip lift shortens the distance between the upper lip margin and base of the nose creating additional upper lip fullness by rotating the lip upward and outward. The procedure produces more balance for those patients with thin upper lips and a softer “happier” set to the mouth.
This outpatient surgical procedure requires a tiny incision placed within the natural crease just beneath the base of the nose to precisely elevate and reposition the upper lip. Sutures are removed after a week and the incision generally heals imperceptibly.
Lip enhancement may also refer to the desire for a reduction in the size or shape of the lips resulting from trauma, congenital deformity, or excessive size associated with ethnicity. While less commonly requested, the goal in lip reduction is to achieve a more youthful, proportional and symmetric appearance of the lips that maintains an aesthetic balance with other defining features on the face.
This outpatient surgical procedure involves removing a strip of skin from one or both of the lips. Sutures are removed or dissolve on their own between 6 -10 days post surgery. Down time involves bruising, and swelling. Your swelling will subside within a few weeks, but usually the final result will be visible after about 3 months of the surgical procedure. You may notice a change in your smile, odd sensations of “hollowness”, tingling, the sporadic sharp pain, or “pulling”, burning, and cold sensations. These usually subside within the first few weeks. You can return to work at 5 to 7 days – but it depends upon type of your work. If you have a sedentary (desk job) with little or no amount of talking it is ok to resume your work after about a week. If your job requires high impact activity you may need more time off.