Lip Contouring in Beverly Hills
Have Beautiful, Kissable Lips!
The appearance of your lips can be enhanced with procedures collectively known as lip enhancement. The kissable area can be enlarged while wrinkles around the mouth can be significantly reduced. By seeking the expertise of a skilled Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, you can have a beautiful, confident smile.
Who Can Benefit from Lip Augmentation?
Many people desire larger, more prominent lips, but most are not born with this trait. Others may see their lips flatten out or become thin over time. If your lips are small, thin, or wrinkled, lip augmentation may be a good solution. However, those who are prone to skin eruptions on or near the lips or dental abscesses may be advised to skip these procedures.
How Lip Augmentation Works
Lip augmentation will typically require the placement of a soft tissue filler, administered by injection into the lips. Fillers for lip augmentation may be composed of fat, collagen, or hyaluronic acid. Although none of these fillers are permanent, facial fat grafting seems to provide a certain degree of stability in our experience.
Collagen is beneficial for patients who have minimal to moderate loss of fullness in the lip tissue. Collagen provides a more defining lip border thus giving the impression of fuller lips. Fat grafting is reserved for patients with moderate to severe loss of fullness. Fat is commonly obtained from the lower torso, and often 20% to 50% of the grafted fat remains for many years.
Today, more plastic surgeons are utilizing dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane for lip augmentation procedures. The smooth hyaluronic acid gel in these fillers can provide an excellent, although temporary, enhancement of the lips.
Rejuvenating the Lip and Mouth Area
Wrinkles around the lips can be determined using a variety of techniques including chemical peels, laser resurfacing and dermabrasion. Wrinkle ablation can be performed in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures. Recovery is usually quite rapid.
Corrective Lip Enhancement Surgery
Corrective surgery for the lips is reserved for patients who have had unsatisfactory results with lip enhancement or for patients with congenital lip deformities such as redundant lips or “gummy smile.”
If you are ready to have a more confident, attractive smile, contact the Beverly Hills plastic surgery team at Andre Aboolian, MD, FACS today at (310) 905-8702.