Lips are a significant portion of our overall aesthetic appearance. With age our lips become thinner, retract, lose volume and become less well-defined due to a gradual loss of collagen and elastin. The loss of elasticity creates vertical lip lines and the lips lose color. Lip movements also change with age. The smile narrows vertically and widens horizontally.
Historically some of these changes were addressed with surgery. Today, we can use hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers that are biodegradable and are formulated specifically to address aging changes in the lips including loss of volume, color and elasticity.
Restylane Kysse and Juvederm Ultra XC are two HA fillers designed specifically for use in lip augmentation. They plump and volumize the lips and smooth wrinkles. Both HA fillers contain lidocaine to improve comfort during the procedure.
Juvederm Ultra XC is an advanced dermal filler with a smooth consistency that helps add volume and hydration for skin elasticity. It is selected to treat fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth and for lip augmentation. It will smooth away smile lines and wrinkles, restore contours and volume, and lasts up to a year.
Restylane Kysse is the first lip filler designed with “XpresHAn technology” that maintains flexible lip movements for the full range of expression and natural-looking volume. It enhances lip texture and color while maintaining the full range of expressions. This hyaluronic acid injectable filler also diminishes upper lip lines (lipstick lines). Augmentation can improve your smile too!
The treatment is proven to last up to a year.
The goal of treatment is to enhance and improve the natural lips and to avoid overtreating that creates an artificial or unnatural appearance or changes in natural lip movements including smiling.
Aesthetic lip augmentation is challenging and requires technical and aesthetic skill as the lips have 3D structure including height, width, projection, angles and curvatures. Dr. Hashemi has detailed knowledge of anatomy, and the technical skills to help you achieve your goals.
The filler is injected directly into and around the lips using very fine needles to temporarily plump the lips and smooth the vertical lip lines around the mouth. Common side effects are mild and include swelling, temporary firmness, bruising, and redness. that should resolve within a few days.
During your consultation with Dr. Pantea Hashemi, she will review your medical history as well as any conditions that would make treatment unsafe or inappropriate. If you are pregnant, have allergies to HA or lidocaine, or inflammatory skin conditions such as rosacea, or bleeding disorders you may not be a good candidate.
Dr. Hashemi will study your facial expressions at rest and in motion and evaluate your lips and facial symmetries. She will recommend the most appropriate filler for your goals. She will take before and after photos. Before your procedure she will explain everything and provide complete post-procedure guidelines including avoiding strenuous activities, extreme cold or heat, and sun exposure for 24 hours.
Contact Dr. Hashemi at University Skin Institute in Sacramento California to schedule your aesthetic consultation today.