Lip Enhancement in Santa Barbara

Full lips are a sign of youth. As we age, collagen is lost and the lips begin to deflate and sag. Recent research has suggested that lip volume and fullness may have as much to do with a woman’s perceived age as the appearance of wrinkles elsewhere on the face. The volume of lips can begin to decline in women as early as in their 30’s and can be a combination of age and genetics. If your parents have thin lips, than you may be predisposed to your lips thinning in the future. Fortunately, now there are many safe lip enhancement options, both temporary and permanent, to help re-create youthful, luscious lips.

Temporary Lip Enhancement 
Dermal fillers made with hyaluronic acid, such as Restylane and Juvederm, are a great way to create fuller, plumper lips. It is a procedure that can easily be done on your lunch break, with no downtime. Your lips may be slightly swollen for a short amount of time (usually less than 12 hours) and bruising is a possibility but can be covered up with makeup and will fade over the course of a few days. Many people have their lips injected with filler without any occurrence of swelling or bruising. A filler is a great way to add volume, but for those who have a lot of lines around the lips, a touch of Botox or Dysport may need to be used to minimize the appearance of lines. Your enhanced lips will last 6 to 12 months. Botox or Dypsort injections used to minimize lip lines will last about 3 to 4 months.

Permanent Lip Enhancement 
Lip enhancement cosmetic surgery by Dr. Terry Perkins is a great option for those who are seeking permanent volume replacement.  Dr. Perkins can add a soft implant or grafting of the patient’s own fat or other tissue to create fuller lips. Lip enhancement surgery is a bigger commitment in terms of cost and time, but ultimately the result will last much longer than dermal fillers.

Lip Enhancement Expectations
When embarking on the quest for fuller lips, it is important to have reasonable expectations about the outcome. If you have small lips to begin with, your lips are most likely not going to turn out like Angelina Jolie’s. It is better to want your lips to look full and natural, instead of desiring your lips to resemble a certain movie star’s.

How to Avoid Over-Filled Lips
Having your lips done by a qualified, reputable medical professional, is one way to help to ensure that your lips are not over-filled. Natural lips generally have a smaller upper lip. Too much filler in your top lip can create an unnatural, shelf-like appearance.  A qualified clinician will also consider the size of the lips in proportion to other facial features which will give you a nice outcome.

Caring for Your Lips
While you may not be able to enhance your lips without the aid of physician, you can care for your lips to help minimize or prevent lip lines. Lips that have lines all around them look older and often cause lipstick to bleed. There are a few ways that lip lines can appear. The constant pursing and puckering of smoking causes collagen to breakdown and lines to become apparent. Drier lips and lips with dead skin buildup are more susceptible to lines. Keep your lips moisturized with lip balms and anti-aging products that contain humectant ingredients like hyaluronic acid, sugar, or honey. Use a gentle lip exfoliator weekly to remove dead skin buildup.  Using a lip balm or gloss with SPF will protect your lips from lines and sun damage.

Dr. Perkins does lip enhancement in Santa Barbara, both surgically and with dermal fillers. Call his Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery Center office for a consultation at 805-563-0000.

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