Lip Fillers & Procedures
Fillers for Laugh Lines
Years of squinting, smiling and sun damage can lead to lines and wrinkles called “nasolabial folds” (or more commonly, “laugh lines” or “smile lines”), which appear at the corners of the lips and extend to each side of the nose. Certainly laugh lines are one of the most prominent—and least loved—signs of aging.
One of the most common, non-surgical cosmetic treatments for reducing the prominence of laugh lines is the injection of dermal fillers to add volume to this area of the face. The result is a much more youthful appearance.
Injections are preformed in the office and only take a few minutes. Using a sterile syringe, a facial filler substance is injected underneath the nasolabial fold region, pushing the skin outward and making the crease more shallow. After the treatment, patients might experience some redness, swelling, tenderness, pain and bruising. These side effects are typically mild in severity and will normally last no more than a week.
Patients at the Atlanta Institute for Facial Aesthetic Surgery can choose from three very well-known injectable dermal fillers: Juvéderm®, Restylane® and Radiesse®. While not a permanent solution for laugh lines, all three are very safe and effective, with results lasting anywhere from 1-3 years.
Some people feel their lips are too large or not aesthetically pleasing. Others want to improve the lip function as their lips are so large that they interfere with eating, talking or dental health. Lip reduction is a surgical procedure performed to reduce the size of excessively large, protruding or otherwise prominent lips, by removing portions of mucosa (red lip tissue).
This is an outpatient procedure which is performed under a local anesthetic and lasts about an hour. During the surgery, an incision is made on the inside of the mouth running the length of the lip. A strip of excess tissue is removed from one or both lips, and then the incisions are closed with sutures. The scars following lip reduction are usually not visible since the incisions are within the upper inner portion of the lips.
After lip reduction surgery, pain is moderate and easily controlled with mild analgesic such as Tylenol. However, the lips will be quite swollen for 2-4 days following surgery and may be bruised for about two weeks. Most patients can return to normal activity between two days to one week following the procedure. After six weeks, a definite result is visible.
With age, the lips become progressively thinner, losing their fullness and voluptuous shape. While both the upper and lower lips can be affected, for most people, the thinning is particularly prominent in the upper lip.
Lip enhancement is an in-office treatment in which a dermal filler is injected to plump up the lips, restoring a more youthful appearance. The upper or lower lip may be treated alone, or both lips may enlarged at the same time. Juvéderm® is often the best dermal filler for lip enhancement due to its soft, gel consistency and easy flow. While a temporary treatment, it extremely safe and effective, enhancing lip size for about one year on average.
The procedure takes just minutes to perform, requiring only a topical anesthetic or nerve block to prevent discomfort during the injection. Using a fine needle, Juvéderm is injected to a specific depth beneath the skin of the lip. Below the dermis (inner layer of the skin), the dermal filler binds with water and the naturally occurring hyaluronic acid in the body, resulting in increased volume in the lips.
After the procedure, very little, if any, recovery time is needed. Patients may experience some swelling, redness and numbness, but generally only for about 24 hours. Most patients can immediately return to their normal routine following the procedure.