Before & After PhotosLip Enhancement

Lip Enhancement/Lip Augmentation at Summit Medical Group

Lips are one of the most visible and the most expressive parts of the human body.

They look best when they are full, plump and moist, giving a soft, gentle appearance to the mouth. Thin lips are often seen as mean or angry.

Lips don’t have sweat or oil glands. That is why lips tend to dry out faster and become chapped more easily.

Lips also do not have much melanin, a pigment in our skin that protects it from sun damage.  It is important to use a moisturizer with a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect the lips from the environment.

With aging, lips undergo significant and noticeable changes:

  • The skin becomes more dry and lackluster.
  • Collagen and elastic fibers in the skin break down, leading to loss of elasticity.
  • Fat and muscle in and surrounding the lips lose volume.
  • Soft tissue above and below the lips thins with resulting appearance of vertical wrinkles, and deepening of the lip corners, making the lips look older.
  • The distance from the nose to the lip lengthens.
  • Sun damage, including precancerous lesions may appear on the lower lip.

 

Lip Enhancement

In addition, the thinning of collagen, fat and bony structures in the entire face contribute to the changing appearance of the lips with aging.

As these supporting structures of the face decrease in volume, we see a gradual appearance of smile lines and marionette lines, so-called “parentheses” between the nose and the jawline.

The goal of any lip augmentation procedure has to take into account all these factors.

Lip Augmentation/Lip Enhancement is ideal for

  • Plumping of the lips
  • Outlining the lip border
  • Small, deflated lips
  • Lip asymmetry
  • Drooping or sagging upper lip
  • Lip lines (smoker’s lines/wrinkles around the mouth)
  • Filling in sagging lip corners
  • Adding volume to the surrounding soft tissues of the lower face
  • Naso-labial folds
  • Marionette lines

 

For younger patients, it may just be a matter of adding volume to plump thinner lips, outline the lip borders, to create a slight pout and add definition to the Cupid’s bow. 

For patients in their 50’s and above, it is important to evaluate the surrounding areas of the lower face and to replace lost volume, if needed, in addition to augmenting the lips themselves.

What Lip Augmentation/Lip Enhancement procedures are done at Summit Medical Group?

Dermal fillers

Young, healthy skin contains an abundance of a naturally hydrating substance called hyaluronic acid (HA).  As we age, time, sunlight and other factors reduce the amount of HA in the skin.  The lack of HA causes skin to lose structure and volume

Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, like Juvéderm and Restylane, can instantly restore volume and fullness to the lips safely and effectively.

Anesthetic creams or injections are used prior to the augmentation procedure to minimize discomfort.

Botox® Cosmetic

Tiny amounts of Botox® Cosmetic can be injected into the muscles that pull the lip corners down to elevate the lip corners to restore a more youthful appearance to the mouth.

What are the contraindications for Lip Enhancement?

  • Mouth or dental infections, including active herpes infection. 
    • Medication is given for several days prior to and after a lip augmentation procedure to prevent a herpes outbreak.
  • Bleeding problems
  • Connective tissue or scarring disorders
  • Accutane use within six month before or after the procedure.
  • Uncontrolled diabetes

 

How do I get started?

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Altman, please call Summit Medical Group Dermatology at(908) 277-8668.

Summit Medical Group provides medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology for women, men, and adolescents in the tri-state area, including New York and New Jersey as well as Essex County, Morris County, Bergen County, Union County, Passaic County, Somerset County, Sussex County, and Livingston, NJ; Millburn, NJ; Short Hills, NJ; West Orange, NJ; Berkeley Heights, NJ; Caldwell, NJ; Cedar Grove, NJ; Cedar Knolls, NJ; Chatham, NJ; East Hanover, NJ; Englewood Cliffs, NJ; Essex Fells, NJ; Fair Lawn, NJ; Florham Park, NJ; Fort Lee, NJ; Glen Ridge, NJ; Jersey City, NJ; Kennelon, NJ; Madison, NJ; Maplewood, NJ; Mendham, NJ; Montclair, NJ; Montvale, NJ; Morristown, NJ; New Providence, NJ; North Caldwell, NJ; Parsippany, NJ; Randolph, NJ; Roseland, NJ; South Orange, NJ; Springfield, NJ; Summit, NJ; Union, NJ; Verona, NJ; West Caldwell, NJ; Whippany, NJ; and Westfield, NJ.

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