Few people want to be described as having thin lips. One of the signs of aging, thinning in the lip area not only makes you look older, it can also make you look upset or angry. While plumping up the lips is always an option, some people are also worried they might go overboard when adding volume. Fortunately, in the hands of a skilled facial plastic surgeon, getting the lips you want is easier than it might seem.
Lip Augmentation Options
If you want to add volume to the lips, you have a few options. Permanent options include implants in the lips or a lip lift. A less permanent option involves injecting the lips with a filler. Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Juvederm, can provide natural looking fullness in the lips and usually last for around four months. Another hyaluronic acid filler option is Restylane, which provides results for about six months.
Getting the Right Look
Everyone’s lips look slightly different, so there is no one-size-fits-all method that’s appropriate for injecting the lip area. There is an ideal shape and size for the lips, though, and ideally, a surgeon will be aiming for creating that shape and size during the treatment.
For example, if a line is drawn vertically down the middle of the lips, the lips should be symmetrical on either side of the line. The lips should also be the fullest in the middle, and taper off to the tips. In terms of size, the corners of the lips should align vertically with the pupils of the eyes.
Proportions matter, as well. It usually looks obvious that a person has had injections when the upper lip is larger than or the same size as the lower lip. Ideally, the upper lip will be about 30 percent smaller than the lower lip.
In many ways, it’s better for the surgeon to err on the side of injecting too little into the lips than over-injecting. In many cases, a surgeon will inject only the middle part of the lower lip to avoid creating an over-enhanced look.
If You Don’t Like It
Odds are that you’ve seen the results of an overdone or just plain bad lip augmentation in the past. You might know someone who had collagen injections in the past or who just had too much hyaluronic acid injected into the lip area. Depending on the material used to enhance the lips, there are several options for fixing them.
If the surgeon used a hyaluronic acid filler and you don’t like the results, you have two options. The first is to wait, as the filler will wear off after several months. The second is to undergo a second injection, this time of hyaluronidase, to dissolve the hyaluronic acid. Like hyaluronic acid, hyaluronidase is a substance naturally produced by the body. It absorbs the hyaluronic acid, so that the lips return to their original size and shape.
An Even More Temporary Option
If you are not quite ready for a filler in the lips, even a very temporary one such as hyaluronic acid, you still have some options to create a fuller look. Certain lip plumpers can help add volume to the area by causing irritation to the lips. The plumpers, which are often a gloss or lipstick, contain ingredients, such as cinnamon, which increase the flow of blood to the lips, so that they look fuller.
Along with lip plumpers, lip scrubs can also temporarily plump up the lips. The action of scrubbing your lips stimulates blood flow and causes some swelling. The scrubs have the added benefit of sloughing the layer of dead skin cells off the lips, too.
No matter which option you’re thinking about, it’s a good idea to speak with a board certified facial plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Michael Schwartz, to get the full scoop on lip augmentation. Dr. Schwartz can let you know which option is right for you and evaluate your lips to determine the right amount of additional volume to give you the look you want. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Schwartz, call his West Palm Beach, Florida practice today at 561-655-5562.