Plump Up Your Holiday Pout with Lip Fillers
You may be looking forward to the upcoming holiday season with excited anticipation, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at your mouth. Thinning and wrinkling of your lips are creating an unhappy expression on your face even when that is not at all how you feel. If your thin and/ or wrinkled lips are making you self-conscious about your appearance, perhaps now is the time to schedule a cosmetic treatment that will plump up your pout in time for the holidays.
Why do Lips Thin and/or Develop Wrinkles?
The culprit behind thinning lips is often the same one that leads to the formation of facial wrinkles; collagen loss. Collagen is a protein naturally produced by the body that supports the underlying skin structure and gives skin its smooth, supple appearance. Over time, our bodies produce less collagen, which leads to the appearance of depleted, thinner lips. Lip wrinkles may occur from a loss of collagen but also as a result of the contraction of the muscle around your lips such as with smoking or using a straw.
The Secret behind Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are injectable treatments that counter the effects of collagen depletion. These formulations are injected into the underlying dermal layers to provide the support needed when collagen levels go down. The treatments are often recommended to smooth away wrinkles that form around the lips, nose, and chin area. They can also effectively restore youthful volume to areas like the cheeks, jawline and (yes, indeed!) those thinning lips.
Best Dermal Fillers for Lip Plumping
There are a wide variety of dermal fillers today, which allow your plastic surgeon to tailor your procedure to your specific needs. In the case of lip plumping, a filler containing hyaluronic acid is usually recommended, such as Juvederm Volbella. Hyaluronic acid is another substance produced by the body that helps the skin lock in hydration. When injected into the underlying skin layers, it produces smooth results that both look and feel natural, while resulting in normal movement of the lips as well.
About the Procedure
Lip injections take just a few minutes to perform. Most patients like to have a local anesthetic or ice applied to the sensitive lip area first to ensure comfort during the injections. Dr. Rappaport at Houston Center for Plastic Surgery will carefully administer injections in strategic locations to ensure even and natural results. After treatment, you are able to return to your regular activities right away. Lips may be slightly swollen after the procedure, but this side effect usually subsides within a matter of hours.
Results You can Love!
Results of lip augmentation can be seen soon after the procedure, although your lips might look a bit fuller than you initially desire. In the days following treatment, the fullness will dissipate a bit so that your lips look naturally fuller without the “trout mouth” appearance. Results of injectable treatments will typically last 6-12 months before a follow-up treatment is needed.
Lip augmentation is easier today than ever before, thanks to injectable treatments that boast little discomfort and no downtime afterward. If you schedule your injections with Dr. Rappaport now, you should be flaunting a fuller, sexier pout throughout the holiday season. To learn more, contact our office today at (713) 790-4500.