When we interact socially our vision lingers around the eyes and mouth. Features in this area are major factors in our appreciation of beauty. Aesthetic enhancement focuses on lip volume, posture, proportions, definition and surface contour. Subtle contour and volume alteration can result in large aesthetic change.
Augmentation in this area can increase lip volume, with improved proportional relationships between the upper and lower lips, lip contour and the areas of transition from the lips to the cheek, chin and other adjacent structures. A variety of techniques and materials are available to create these changes and range from injectable fillers, like Juvederm, Bolotero, Vobella, and Refyne to fat injections, and, rarely, implants. However, more important than the materials used is the artistry and aesthetic judgment of our physicians. We have all seen images of patients with hyper-inflated lips or unnatural contours. Our aesthetic values emphasize natural, flattering contours and enhancement of attractive, pleasing lip shape.
Volume enhancement is often achieved by placing filler along the border of the lip as well as in the main portion of the lips. A superior aesthetic outcome often includes precise volume addition at the transition zones between the lips, cheeks and chin where muscle activity, volume depletion and a generalized laxity have altered desirable contours.
The posture of the lip may change over time with the upper lip lengthening and taking on a flattened shape. A subnasal lip lift can re-establish proper proportions, shorten the lip, improve the smile, accentuate the lip border and increase the volume of the lips. This procedure is performed through an incision hidden under the shadow of the nose. Often it is combined with a corner of the mouth lift to redirect a downturn at the corner of the mouth that suggests sadness.
Treatment of vertical wrinkles is an important part of facial rejuvenation, as as improving these lines compliments all the other rejuvenation options we have. Texture improvement is achieved by a variety of chemical peels, dermabrasion and laser resurfacing. Stacy, our aesthetician, has effective, minimally invasive care options that can complement and maintain the results achieved with the treatments discussed.
Rejuvenation of the perioral area is often overlooked in practices that do not specialize exclusively in facial plastic surgery. Yet improvements in the area are essential to a flattering, natural youthful change. As in all areas of our practice, during your consultation with us we will guide you through a comprehensive evaluation and create a plan that meets your priorities and needs.