The lips are arguably the most alluring feature on a woman’s face. They can create an immediate and lasting first impression and can greatly enhance your overall beauty.
Frown lines and thinning lips not only make us look older, but they can also make us look unhappy or unpleasant. With a single enhancement procedure by Dr. Westreich, your lips will look substantially fuller, younger and more defined. After a simple, thirty-minute procedure, you will leave his office ready to show off your new, plumper lips and will no longer have to rely on makeup or other short-term solutions.
Treatment for Lip Enhancement
The treatment, as performed in our state of the art New York City office, is recommended to patients of all ages, but can have particularly special implications for older patients. This is because, as we age, our lips tend to thin out and lose fat, causing us to look and feel older or less attractive. Luckily, there are a variety of lip injection options available, each of which Dr. Westreich has particular expertise in performing. Together, you will design a course of action that is tailored to best suit your needs and goals so that your lips look as plump as ever without looking overdone.
Best Fillers for Lip Injections
The best lip injections are ones that are hyaluronic acid (HA)based. HA is a naturally occurring substance in our bodies. Along with collagen, it makes up the dermal layer of our lips. Hyaluronic acid attracts water which contributes to the hydration and fullness of the lips. Injected HA allows the lips to retain more water and thus more volume. Hyaluronic acid fillers have surpassed traditional collagen fillers as the best lip enhancement technique. Collagen is reabsorbed by the body’s metabolic processes much sooner than HA fillers, and the results are not as promising.
Among the most frequent Hyaluronic acid lip fillers used by Dr. Westreich are:
- Juvederm– Probably the most common hyaluronic acid filler, Juvederm can make your lips look more pronounced, hydrated, and voluminous for an entire year. Typical initial injection durations can be 6-9 months, with longevity increasing with future treatments.
- Boletero– Boletero, which is also used to treat fine lines surrounding the mouth, can be used to augment the dimension of the lips as well as to diminish the appearance of lines and folds on the lips. Results typically last 6 months, as the body absorbs collagen and hyaluronic acid from the product.
- Restylane– This injection rejuvenates the lips as well as the entire face, and is most highly recommended for patients with pronounced lip wrinkling. Restylane is recommended for patients wanting more substantial definition to the lips. Due to its unique molding property, when compared to Juvederm, Restylane can better provide definition in the lips whereas Juvederm produces fullness. Both products typically last 6-9 months in the lip region.
Surgical Lip Lift vs. Lip Enhancement With Fillers
Both the lip lift surgery and lip enhancements are intended to make your lips look plumper. Full, big lips have the ability to greatly heighten your appeal, and can make a huge impact on your overall appearance. Dr. Westreich is certified to perform either procedure and has the proper skills, technology, and knowledge to give you the best results, no matter which option you choose. Even so, he most often recommends lip enhancement by injectable fillers over lip lift surgery, as the former has obvious, favorable advantages.
Lip Lift Surgery
Lip lift surgery essentially enlarges the appearance of the top lip by lifting the skin between the nose and the upper lip. The area of skin to be removed is mapped out. A small incision is made under the nose and a similar incision is made a few millimeters below the nose and above the tip. The skin in this region is removed and the two incision sites are pulled up to meet just under the nose and stitched together. In this way, parts of the lip that had been formerly tucked under the upper lip will become exposed, making your top lip appear thicker and fuller.
While a lip lift surgery can make the upper lip appear fuller, it does have some disadvantages and risks. Lip lift surgery only targets the upper lip while leaving the lower lip untouched. This can lead to an asymmetrical look that only fulfills half of the patient’s expectations. Moreover, because the lip lift is a surgery, this technique is much more invasive than using injectable fillers and thus requires a longer recovery period and healing process. You will be required to take time off from your normal routine and will likely be unable to go out in public for a few days after the procedure while swelling and bruising is still noticeable. A lip lift procedure can only globally raise the edge of the upper lip and cannot make subtle refinement contour changes. Finally, the potential for permanent scarring is another important consideration to take into account when deciding between lip lift surgery and lip enhancements through fillers, as injectable fillers involve no need for an incision to be made. While the incision site is well hidden, it is in a very prominent part of the face, where small irregularities may be troublesome to patients down the line.
Lip Enhancement With Injectable Fillers In NYC
Dr. Westreich will precisely and intentionally target the filler at pre-determined locations so as to give you the most volume in both your upper and lower lip. He will customize the amount of filler to be used in order to give you just the right amount in just the right places so as to balance your new look. Such fillers have the ability to enhance your lips up to 20%, and the process can be repeated as necessary once results wear off.The entire procedure can be completed during your lunch break and takes less than 30 minutes. The best part is that there is no recovery period or downtime involved. Fillers, in the hyaluronic class, can be dissolved and the entire treatment can be reversed.
The most common injectable fillers that Dr. Westreich uses on his patients are Juvederm, Boletero, and Restylane. Each is composed of hyaluronic acid and offers unique advantages. Dr. Westreich will determine which will best suit your individual needs upon your consultation appointment so as to guarantee the best results for you.
Overall, lip enhancement through the use of injectable fillers heeds more balanced, natural results.
Recovery from lip injections
No special recovery is required for these injections. Patients should avoid manipulating their lips for 2-3 hours after injections. Typically a 20% enlargement is noted in the first 24 hours due to swelling. Steroid creams and icing can be used to minimize this reaction. Lips will return to injection volume by 48 hours and then soften over 2-3 weeks, at which time lumpiness should be gone and the lips should feel soft and full.
Lip Enhancement Consultation with Dr. Westreich, NYC
When deciding to undergo a lip enhancement procedure, it is important to consult a specialist who is aware that the treatment can leave a patient looking fake, with “duck lips” or a “trout pout.” Dr. Westreich has been recognized as one of the best lip enhancement specialists in NYC and is determined to give his patients the most natural looking results. He understands that symmetry and balance must be maintained in each patient’s facial anatomy, and has the necessary experience to determine exactly which formula to use, how much to inject, and precisely where the site of injection should be. Because each of these factors can range from patient to patient, they must be custom tailored to fit your entire look without drawing negative attention to your new, luscious lips.
Call us today and schedule a consultation appointment to see if a lip enhancement is right for you.