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Lip Augmentation: More than Simply Volume

Posted January 15, 2016 in Plastic Surgery

Up close of a woman's lips

Cosmetic lip enhancement is more popular than ever. And while women most often turn to lip augmentation in hopes of lusciously full lips, lip augmentation has a bevy of other cosmetic benefits.

Volume + Proportion + Definition

Surprising to some, lip augmentation encompasses more than a voluminous lip—as proportion and definition prove themselves to be just as important to a beautiful pucker. While your best lip shape is dependent on your individual facial anatomy, common characteristics of an ideal lip include:

  • A balanced and complimentary degree of fullness between the upper and lower lip
  • A slight projection of the upper lip over the lower lip
  • Lips should be fullest at the center—softly tapers to the corners
  • Well-shaped, defined, and symmetrical cupid’s brow
  • A strong and sharply defined vermilion border
  • Corners of the lips should line up with the pupil of the eye

Understanding facial aesthetics, our surgeons our able to enhance your natural lip while maintaining your unique facial integrity.

Restore Aging Lips

Unbeknownst to many, lips get their plump shape from collagen. Unfortunately, as we age, our body produces less of this necessary protein, causing our lips to lose their natural suppleness. Injectable treatments add a surprisingly natural feel.

Most commonly, we utilize dermal fillers made up hyaluronic acid (HA). As a naturally occurring substance in our bodies, hyaluronic acid attracts and brings water to the surface of the lips giving the lips a soft and subtle plumpness. As a sort of “shock-absorber”, hyaluronic acid creates a pillow-like fullness—both in look and feel.

Similarly, fat also mimics the look and feel of a naturally full lip. Harvesting fat from a more ample site, the fat is then injected into the lips. A more permanent alternative to lip augmentation, fat transfer offers long-lasting results.

More Youthful Appearance

Another benefit? Lip augmentation can also help improve the appearance of the delicate skin surrounding the lip. A fuller lip can help fade the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles that have formed around the mouth.

At the Museum Spa, we also utilize laser treatments. Laser treatments are great for stimulating collagen production, fading fine lines around the lips, and, by encouraging blood flow, bringing a natural blush back into the lips.

This winter, enhance your lips! A versatile treatment, lip augmentation is a perfect solution—whether you want fuller lips, a symmetrical smile, or a rejuvenated pout. Schedule a consultation at Specialists in Plastic Surgery or the Museum Spa to learn how you can benefit from lip augmentation.