Sculpting the appearance of the upper lip is delicate business – and sometimes two procedures are better than one. A recent episode of ABC’s The Doctors showcases a new, two-part procedure that can enhance the appearance of the upper lip without the need for surgery. This technique uses a Botox injection to mask fine lines, followed by hyaluronic acid injections to add volume.
You can see the procedure and the results in the video below, but a word to the squeamish: the video shows a woman having her lips injected with dermal fillers. Although the procedure is painless, you may not want to watch it if you have a fear of needles.
“I’ve always had thin lips,” says Mary, the patient in the segment. “I’ve tried different kinds of lipsticks and liners and things that might allegedly plump your lips but it’s not really worked. I don’t do enough for myself and it would be really fun to have some girly lips.”
One half of Mary’s twofold procedure has been performed in advance. Since Botox takes 24 to 48 hours to take effect, the wrinkle-erasing treatment is already been injected into Mary’s upper lip to resolve the fine lines that appeared there. The second step, which is performed onstage, involves adding volume with dermal fillers along the border of the lip. This is where the lip has thinned as a result of the aging process.
“Typically, with the aging process, you see those lips thin, because we lose volume in the structures around the mouth,” says Dr. Ordon. He also notes that – because Botox and hyaluronic acid fillers will last around 3 to 6 months – patients can have both halves of the procedure renewed at the same time. With the dermal fillers in place, Mary can see her results instantly, with lips that have been completely transformed.
Many of my new patients are uncertain whether facelift surgery can really help them. In fact, facelift surgery can only treat 2 out of 4 major signs of facial aging – sagging skin and wrinkles. The other two major signs of aging – uneven skin texture and pigmentation, and loss of volume –are left virtually untouched after a facelift.
There are many different facial rejuvenation procedures. Some provide the lifting benefits of a facelift to a more localized part of the face. Others treat signs of aging that cannot be resolved through a facelift. This post will break down some of the different treatments that we offer at the Beautologie Cosmetic Surgery & Medical Aesthetics – so that you can think beyond the facelift.
Sagging skin. The brow lift and eyelid surgery can treat sagging skin and wrinkles on your forehead and around your eyes. Unlike the facelift, these surgeries are focused on one particular part of the face. For less severe cases of loose skin, the Aluma Skin Tightening System is an advanced laser treatment that can provide smoother, firmer skin.
Uneven skin texture and pigmentation. These common signs of aging are often caused by UV radiation over many years. For smoother skin and even tones, sometimes little more than a surface treatment is needed. Skin resurfacing and IPL photofacial are both ideal treatments for sun damage.
Lines and wrinkles. The brow lift, eyelid surgery, and Aluma technique are all well-suited to treating lines wrinkle. However, there are also countless nonsurgical treatments for treating facial wrinkles. These include the injectable products Botox and Restylane.
Adding volume and definition. As we age, we tend to lose volume in our face, which can make us appear gaunt or pinched. Facial fat grafting is one popular method of naturally restoring volume to the face. By adding your own natural body fat to your lips, cheeks, or other facial features, you can regain the appearance of vitality without the need for a facelift.