Lip enhancement is a non-invasive procedure in which a filler substance is injected into the lip to restore volume or enhance the shape or contour of the lip. Lip enhancement can also be performed to correct asymmetry resulting from aging, trauma or surgery. Debra Price MD and the physicians at Debra Price MD PA specialize in natural lip enhancement for older individuals with aged lips and younger individuals who desire fuller more sensual lips.
What causes lip aging?
Full, well defined lips are associated with youth and beauty. Unfortunately as we age our lips thin and become deflated, dry and wrinkled. With time the upper lip lengthens, lines often develop above and around the lips and the corners of the mouth turn downward. Genetics, sun exposure, gender and smoking contribute to aging of the lips. Perioral wrinkling or lines around the lips are accentuated in women and individuals who smoke or who have had excessive sun exposure.
The Perfect Lip
The ideal lip is smooth, symmetrical, soft and plump. The youthful lip border is sharp with the volume of the lip greater in the middle and tapering laterally. The lower lip is fuller than the upper lip with a natural dumbbell undulation.
Lip Enhancement with Dermal Fillers
Hyaluronic acid based fillers and specifically Juvederm XC is our treatment of choice for lip augmentation and rejuvenation. Dr. Price prefers Juvederm XC because it imparts a smooth and natural correction and feel. It also contains a local anesthetic to enhance comfort during injection. In addition, because hyaluronic acid attracts moisture, applying a moisturizer or lip gloss daily following lip enhancement with hyaluronic acid fillers can further augment results.
What causes some people to develop duck lips following filler injections?
Unnatural and unattractive duck or sausage lips are the result of over inflation of the lips with filler, without attention to ideal lip proportions. To obtain a natural lip enhancement, it is important to choose an experienced physician who understands the aesthetics of the ideal lip.
Are there any contraindications or precautions prior to lip enhancement with fillers?
If you are healthy and are not taking blood thinners or medications that decrease your immunity, you may be a candidate for lip enhancement. Pregnant patients and patients who are breastfeeding or have a history of keloids or severe allergies are not candidates for lip enhancement with fillers. If you have a history of recurrent herpes simplex outbreaks on the lips, your physician will prescribe an antiviral medication prior to and following lip enhancement to prevent an outbreak.
What are the risks of lip enhancement with hyaluronic acid fillers?
To minimize risks of injection of hyaluronic acid fillers for lip enhancement it is important to choose a physician who is experienced in the use of fillers for lip enhancement. Potential risks of lip enhancement with hyaluronic acid fillers include pain, bruising, swelling, bumps, herpes outbreak, infection, ulceration, scarring, allergic reaction and nerve injury. While lip enhancement with hyaluronic acid fillers is commonly performed, the safety and effectiveness of hyaluronic acid fillers for lip enhancement has not been established in controlled studies.
Is there anything else that can be done for the deep lines that run from the corners of my mouth to my jowl?
If fillers are not adequate to correct deep marionette lines that run from the corners of your mouth to your jowl, your physician may inject Botox to relax the muscles pulling the corner of your lips downward.
I have never felt comfortable going to a dermatologist until I met Dr. Price. She is just wonderful. She listens to you and what concerns you and always makes you feel that there is a solution. Her magic hand has helped me with my confidence in not having to wear makeup during the week! I feel great!Yvette S - DR. PRICE’ S PATIENT
I hope you know how excited I was to be able to come to see you last week, not only do you make us, your patients, look good but you also give us the confidence to go out each morning knowing that we look as good as possible with just a touch of your hand.ANN B. - DR. PRICE’ S PATIENT
Just to thank you personally for your great talent, your knowledge and your skill. You are a wonderful, truthful practitioner of your "art" of medicine.June - DR. PRICE’ S PATIENT
When I first came to see you many years ago, I told you that I wanted my skin to look good enough to be comfortable to not have to always wear makeup. I've achieved that. But this is a thank you for giving me skin that I'm always complimented on. It's amazing that all the $$ invested in your office really do pay off.Cherie W - DR. PRICE’ S PATIENT
You always know what I like for my lips. Thank you for making me so pretty. Thank you for always spending so much time on me. Sometimes it is hard to wait for you. I will wait for you as long as I have to. I just want you to know how much I appreciate you for making me look better.ANN B. - DR. PRICE’ S PATIENT
I hope you know how excited I was to be able to come to see you last week, not only do you make us, your patients, look good but you also give us the confidence to go out each morning knowing that we look as good as possible with just a touch of your hand.Jane - DR. PRICE’ S PATIENT
I wanted to thank you again for your transformation of my sister. She looks ten years younger. Thank goodness you are in my life!Toni - DR. PRICE’ S PATIENT
The children from Guatemala called me to get you a "Bear Card" so you could get a "Bear Hug" from them. You will never know how much your donations of the medication and sun tan lotion helped the children from the city days in Guatemala City and in the mountains of Antigua. So please consider yourself hugged.Pat L - DR. PRICE’ S PATIENT