But you may be frustrated in your ability to show off your lips if they are thin. The good news is there are non-surgical lip augmentation treatments to make your lips fuller and plumber.
Dermal Fillers – The Great Anti-Aging Weapon
When deciding how old we think someone is, we first look at their face. Is their skin supple, plump and smooth? Or does it look gaunt and dull with wrinkles and creases?
There once wasn’t much a person could do to avoid these hallmark traits of aging. But then came along a host of what are now classified as “Dermal Fillers.” Portland Laser & Wellness offers a wide variety of dermal fillers (aka injectable fillers), each with a specific expertise in changing the appearance of your face and skin. And what’s more, these anti-aging treatments are very safe and have long-lasting results that can turn back time.
- Juvederm Ultra & Restylane – most basic, last 6 to 12 months, can be used anywhere
- Radiesse, Perlane or Juvederm Ultra Plus – more dense, lasts 12 to 18 months, used mainly in cheeks and lower face
- Juvederm Voluma & Sculptra – the longest lasting @ 18 months to 2 years, cannot be used in lips, mainly for deep volume restoration
We’ll discuss the advantages and benefits of each, along with any side effects and length of result.
We owe a great debt of thanks to a couple of scientists at Columbia University in New York. Karl Meyer and John Palmer were able to isolate a naturally-occurring substance in our body known as hyaluronic acid, which they discovered was responsible for maintaining skin volume and hydration. Fast forward to 1996 and launch of Restylane, the first FDA-approved injectable filler designed to smooth out wrinkles. Not only that, Restylane works wonders on your lips. Lip augmentation is now relatively pain-free and non-invasive.
Juvederm Ultra is also a hyaluronic-based dermal filler with similar abilities to that of Restylane. The Juvederm Ultra came out in 2006 and has been safely used thousands of times. Juvederm Ultra is of a smoother consistency than Restylane and thus makes for a better injectable for small wrinkles and smile lines, also known as nasolabial folds (those creases of skin that run from your nose to your mouth.)
Radiesse® is an innovative dermal filler designed to bring back your youthful, natural look correcting those facial lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth as well as restore volume to sunken cheeks. Radiesse lasts 12-18 months.
Restylane Lyft® (formerly known as Perlane®) is another great hyaluronic acid-based product that smooths out wrinkles and folds in the mid- and lower face. It’s also touted for its lifting ability (G Prime.) Results can last as long as 12 to 18 months. Find out more here.
Juvederm Ultra Plus is designed to work wonders on filling in deeper wrinkles and folds on the face. Juvederm Ultra Plus’s thicker consistency also makes it good for creating full lips and restoring cheek volume.
Juvederm Voluma ™ XC injectable gel was created to be THE tool in the fight to restore age-related volume loss in your cheeks and mid-face. With its hyaluronic acid formula, Voluma ™ XC can bring back the fullness in your cheeks.
Unlike hyaluruonic acid-based fillers, Sculptra Aesthetic works with your own body to stimulate the production of new collagen. Sculptra helps to correct wrinkles and folds and increase volume gradually, for a more natural change in appearance.