Beautiful lips can be a symbol of youth, health, vitality, or sensuality. Like the rest of our bodies, each person’s individual lips shape is unique. Additionally, as we age, the lips tend to lose volume over time. Various techniques can be used to enhance the appearance of the lips. Dr. Richardson and Dr. Cain create custom treatment plans for each patient based on each individual’s desired changes. Some patients are concerned about fine lines along the border of the lips, a lack of definition, or simply a lack of volume.
Depending on the areas of concern, injectable hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvéderm, Volbella, Restylane, Restylane Silk, Belotero, and others can be injected into the lips quickly and easily in the office. This results in immediate improvement that can be visualized right away. While the results are temporary, fillers in the lips typically last 6-12 months in most patients. The doctors at Texas Facial Aesthetics do not use silicone or permanent lip fillers due to the risk of unsatisfactory results or other problems with these products in the lips.
Other options for lip enhancement include lip implants, lip lifting, lip advancement surgery, and SMAS grafts to the lips. Lip implants are permanent, but are usually reserved for patients who have enjoyed lip fillers in the past and are looking for a long-term solution. With lip advancement surgery, more of the red portion of the lip can be visualized, creating the appearance of larger lips. This is also a permanent option. Click here to learn more about lip lifting procedures.
Finally, SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) grafts can be added to the lips. The SMAS graft is extra tissue that is trimmed away under the skin during a cheek, neck, or facelift procedure. This tissue is usually thrown away, but can be placed back into other areas such as the lips, nasolabial folds, or marionette lines (“smiles lines” or “parentheses”). The advantage of this technique is that this is the patient’s own natural tissue, so there is no risk of rejection. Dr. Richardson’s research on SMAS grafting in the lips was published in JAMA-Facial Plastic Surgery and showed excellent results even at 5 years after surgery, illustrating that this is another essentially permanent option. This research also showed that SMAS grafting to the lips is extremely safe.
Dr. Richardson and Dr. Cain are experts at lip enhancement and can talk you through the various individualized treatment options during your consultation.