The lips are a focal point on the face, exuding youthful vitality when they are soft and full. Unfortunately, lips don’t tend to remain that way as we get older, which adds to the aged look many of us are working hard to reverse. If you have noticed changes to your lips over the years – or if your lips simply never had the volume you wanted, Cole Aesthetic Center can help. We offer an injectable treatment that effectively plumps up that pout without incisions, anesthesia, or downtime.
Reasons Behind Lip Thinning
Collagen depletion, the same culprit behind skin laxity and the appearance of facial wrinkles, is also responsible for thinning lips. Collagen is a protein found in the underlying dermal structure that gives skin its smooth, supple appearance and lips their youthful fullness. Over time, our bodies produce less collagen, which can lead to signs of aging like thinner lips and the appearance of fine lines above the upper lip, known as “lipstick lines.”
The Injectable Solution
Dermal fillers restore volume and fullness to the lips through simple injections. Juvederm, a hyaluronic acid-based filler, is particularly good for this purpose, with a smooth formulation that adds volume and looks natural. Hyaluronic acid is a substance found naturally in the body, so patients usually accept the Juvederm formulation well without worry of an allergic reaction. This formula also attracts water, which further enhances lip fullness without creating a lumpy appearance.
Addressing Lipstick Lines
In addition to adding volume to the lips, dermal fillers like Juvederm can be used to smooth away those vertical lines above the upper lip that make you look like you are in a permanent pucker. The filler works in the underlying dermal layers to add support and smooth away lines from the inside out. You can even have these injections at the same time as your lip plumping, to achieve full results in a single cosmetic treatment.
About the Procedure
Because the lips tend to be a rather sensitive area for injections, patients usually request a dental block or topical numbing medication prior to this treatment. Ice can also be used to numb the lip before each injection. Once the lip is numb, injections are made using a very fine needle and small amounts of the dermal filler to achieve subtle, natural plumping.
Injections take just a few minutes to complete, and patients are able to return to regular activities right away. There is typically some mild swelling after the procedure, so your lips are likely to look fuller than you would like for the first 24-48 hours. Bruising is generally minimal, and risk can be further reduced by avoiding aspirin and ibuprofen in the days leading up to treatment.
When Juvederm is used in other areas of the face, results typically last 6-12 months before a touch-up procedure is needed. Patients do sometimes find their results last a bit longer when the injections are made in the lips. According to the Juvederm website, results typically last up to 12 months before another treatment is required.
If you are looking for a way to plump up your lips and create a more youthful facial profile overall, Juvederm might be the right solution for you. To learn more about this treatment, contact Cole Aesthetic Center at 360.613.2600.