Whether they make you look young, sophisticated, or exotic… we can all agree that larger, plumper lips make you more seductive, more inviting, and more confident. Lips frame your smile and are what most people focus on when flirting with each other (or even draw attention during an ordinary conversation). Most women know the huge role that sexy lips play, but few women possess the power of a full-on pout.
Just think about all the different products available to help make your lips more attractive. Next time you are in a drug store, look at the whole wall devoted to cosmetics and you will see that half the selection is made up of lipstick, liners and balms. But alas, as we get older, our lips begin to thin and fade… and no amount of product will restore the fullness of youth.
Today, dermal fillers are a great solution to restoring lips to their full, beautiful, sexy shape. For the past 25 years, there was basically only one choice in the U.S. that was FDA approved and that was collagen. This drug is made from cows and several patients developed allergies or found that the results were extremely short-lived. Some people found that the collagen filler lasted only a few weeks or a couple of months at best. However, the good news is that the last 10 years has brought a revolution in the development of new fillers and injectables to help solve a variety of cosmetic problems.
While people often confuse fillers with Botox; fillers are substances that are injected under the skin or lips to plump up the tissues. For the lips, fillers can provide an increase in lip size as well as enhancing the definition. They can also plump out “lipstick lines” that develop in many female patients. There are many different products available, but Dr. Dominic Castellano, a facial plastic surgeon in Tampa, says that those made of hyaluronic acid are the gold standard for lip augmentation. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in our bodies that helps act as a network to transfer essential nutrients from the bloodstream to skin cells. This ingredient has now been synthesized into non-allergenic formulas sold under the brand names: Juvederm and Restylane.
The results with injectable lip fillers are temporary because the body eventually breaks down and absorbs the hyaluronic acid. The length of time the results last varies with each individual, but the average is generally four to six months. Individuals who may be considering lip implants for permanent augmentation are frequently advised to try injectables first to see if the results are to their liking. And while some see the temporary nature of fillers to be a drawback, Dr. Dominic points out that over his many years in practice, he has seen styles change. Also, there are times when permanent solutions may look out of place if the rest of the face starts showing effects of aging.
Of course, not every filler is for every patient and various fillers have different indications and work better for certain patients. Choosing the correct filler is decided by the patient’s aging, desires and budget. Plus it is common for a skilled cosmetic surgeon to recommend using a mix of injectables to sculpt the desired look. It is important to view this process as a work of art, rather than a mechanical procedure. The physician must show careful attention to detail, know where to inject the filler and how much to add to provide a natural result. Patients that have been overdone are quite obvious so it is imperative that you choose a well-qualified plastic surgeon to do the work as many factors go into making an aesthetically pleasing smile.