Facial fillers can give you some of the benefits of a facelift without the hassle of surgery. The minimally invasive treatment involves injections of gel-like substances that create a smoother, younger-looking face.
For individuals looking for a simple enhancement treatment for the size and shape of your lips, hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvederm®, Restylane®, and Restylane Silk® are effective methods to achieve full, natural-looking lips. Hyaluronic acid is a protein that occurs naturally in the skin. When injected into the lips, these fillers add volume and definition while not altering the soft, natural feel of the lips.
If the lips are over injected with filler, it can result in overly plump “duck lips.” When considering a non-surgical procedure to add shape and definition to the lips, it is important to consult a cosmetic plastic surgeon with a specialty in lip augmentation. To achieve the most natural-looking results, the doctor must take the proportions of the entire face into consideration to determine the most aesthetically pleasing lip volume and shape. This is something Dr. Robert Schwarcz is keen on doing before performing even the simplest of cosmetic procedures. Hyaluronic acid fillers can be used to lift the mouth at the corners to reduce the appearance of frowning and create a more defined “cupid’s bow” in the center of the top lip. Restylane Silk is increasingly popular for lip augmentation and is especially effective, with patients reporting noticeable improvement within two weeks of treatment.
To determine the amount of filler to be used and the placement of the injections, Dr. Schwarcz, a board-certified cosmetic surgeon, will consider the current shape and size of the lips as well as other facial features, including the angle of the tip of the nose, the space between the nose and upper lip, the size and shape of the philtrum, and the angles of the corners of the mouth.
The injections are performed on an out-patient basis. It is natural to expect some swelling and bruising immediately after the procedure, but this typically subsides quickly. The effects of the injections normally last up to a year. It is recommended that patients begin with a small amount of filler since additional injections can always be performed once the swelling subsides if the desired fullness is not achieved.
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