Fuller, Sexier Lips
Women have applied cosmetics to their lips to define or alter their appearance since the Stone Age. Tribal ceremonies involving the introduction of various materials in the lips to alter their shape, usually with the intent to enlarge them, have been practiced in Africa for centuries.
Enhancing lips is only one of the many treatments that impact the overall youthful rejuvenation of the entire face. Lip augmentation is a common cosmetic procedure, used to treat patients of all ethnic and social backgrounds. Restoring the volume in the lips that is naturally lost over time leaves you refreshed with a youthful appearance.
Causes of Thin Lips
Cosmetic deformities of the lips include both congenital and acquired etiologies (cause/origin), and some patients never develop adequate fullness in their lips. Atrophy (loss of that plump, baby fat) develops in the lips and lower face of other patients as they age. Hyaluronic acid is the sugar-based gel that naturally supports the cells in our skin and is a major component in the fluids that lubricate our joints. As we age, our body produces less and less hyaluronic acid, especially in the cells located in the lower face around the mouth and in the lips. Other factors contributing to aging of the lower face and lips are sunlight, ultraviolet tanning beds, and environmental toxins – such as pollution and cigarette smoke.
The Lip Augmentation Process
Dr. Balshi often uses Restylane or Juvederm, as pure forms of hyaluronic acids. Collagen, Botox, and sometimes even the patient’s own fat will often be used in the restoration of structure and volume to the lower face and lips.