In recent years, we have seen a sharp increase in the popularity of cosmetic lip enhancement. We might assume that this increase has to do with the ease with which this part of the face can be subtly augmented. On the other hand, we could also assume that this trend is driven by the overly-enhanced lips we commonly see on celebrity faces we love to admire. As much as we support a person’s choice to seek lip augmentation for obvious enhancement, we want to point out that there may be more to this treatment than you think.
More Than Volume
Lip enhancement isn’t just about adding volume to the mouth. There is much more that is involved, and a skilled cosmetic surgeon knows this. Volume enhancement is most valuable when it creates proportion and definition. Your lip shape tells us what is necessary, as do certain “golden rules of beauty,” such as:
- Balance between the fullness of the upper and lower lip.
- Fullness that peaks at the center and tapers outward toward the corners of the mouth.
- A slightly projected upper lip.
- Definition and symmetry at the Cupid’s bow.
- Sharpness in the definition of the vermilion border, the line where the lips meet surrounding skin.
By paying close attention to these characteristics, an experienced injector achieves results that align beautifully with your unique facial contours.
A Younger Looking Face
We look so hard at areas such as the eyes and cheeks that many people overlook the value of shapely lips for sustained youthfulness. The lips gain volume from collagen, a protein that naturally degrades over time. Not only does the adult body stop producing as much collagen as it did in childhood, but the collagen that lies beneath the skin breaks down. This causes numerous changes in the skin, as you may know, with lip deflation being one of them.
The loss of plumpness that affects aging lips can be addressed with fillers like Juvéderm® thanks to the pillow-like feel of hyaluronic acid. This sugar substance isn’t what adds volume, at least not directly. When hyaluronic acid is inserted into superficial tissue, it attracts water molecules. It then binds to those molecules so they stay in place for several months. So, essentially, the fullness that is created is water.
Lip augmentation with dermal fillers isn’t all about getting a dramatic pout. Often, it’s about restoring the natural fullness of youth. For more information on treatment, contact our Englewood, NJ office at 201-567-9595.