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I’m considering lip enhancement, but I don’t want my pout to look too inflated. What do I need to know before I do it? Avoiding “duck lips” just requires that you and your doctor are aware of the basics of lip aesthetics: 1. Youthful lips are only full centrally, not all over. Compare a newborn baby’s lips to the lips of a Real Housewife.
2. In natural, or at least natural-looking full lips, the bottom lip is always bigger than the top lip.
3. Our lips lengthen and sag as we age. It is youthful to have a short upper lip, or “upper teeth show,” as opposed to having a longer upper lip, where there is just “lower teeth show.” The “length” of your upper lip is the distance from the bottom of your nose to the bottom of your upper lip. Regardless of age, some women genetically have shorter/longer lips than others. For instance, look at this picture of the two Jennifers. They are approximately the same age, and both are stunning women, but notice how Lopez’s upper lip is almost half the length of Aniston’s. They would respond very differently to lip injections.
If you have a long upper lip, you are at a higher risk for getting duck lips from an injection, because the lip will get longer and more dragged down by the filler. Make sure the amount put in the upper lip is minimal, and see if the doctor can just inject it in the vermilion (the red part). I have found that staying away from the vermilion border (the lip line) is key to avoiding the duck lips look in my patients with longer upper lips.
No matter how conservative you and your doctor are with your first filler session, you are undoubtedly going to have some swelling. Things you can do to prevent this include: Sleep with your head elevated and ice as much as you can—especially when you wake up in the morning. And try not to take any aspirin or ibuprofen products for at least ten days before injection to help stave off bruising. Hyaluronic acids absorb water, so stay away from salty foods and try to drink water with lemon (a natural diuretic). In the lips, I only use the thinner hyaluronic acids (Restylane and Juvéderm Ultra, as opposed to Perlane and Juvéderm Ultra Plus), because they create less swelling.
You can reassess your result with your physician at two weeks. If you’ve been super conservative, chances are that once the swelling goes down you are going to want a little more. It’s a slippery slope…
Located in Beverly Hills, Dr. Suzanne Trott is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast and body contouring. Her areas of expertise include liposuction and the new “natural breast augmentation” procedure with autologous body fat. She answers your questions on her blog, Lipo Queen, an international resource for unbiased information regarding all of the newest developments in plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine. Her book, Lipo Queen, will be available next year. Further information about Dr. Trott and her practice can be found at Drtrott.com.
What should I consider before trying fillers, and how do I determine what’s right for me?
First off, as a filler “virgin” you need to make sure that the person doing it—whether it is a plastic surgeon, dermatologist, or nurse-practitioner—is on the same page as you in terms of aesthetic ideal. If their own face has that alien blowfish look and that’s not what you’re aiming for, you should probably go elsewhere.
Second, when it comes to fillers—which can be amazing!—usually less is more. Start small. Some of the fillers come in half-syringes so you don’t have to buy as much at one time. And start with a hyaluronic acid that is reversible, like Juvederm, Restylane, or Perlane. As with collagen, hyaluronic acid is a natural building block of the skin. It dissolves over time, and it usually lasts about four months in the lower face, while in the upper face it can last years. However, if you don’t like how it looks, it can be dissolved and removed with a hyaluronidase injection. So there’s no reason to be afraid.
Oftentimes my patients feel that their faces need refreshing, but they can’t pinpoint what’s bothering them. This is where you need to trust your doctor. The areas that can be dramatically improved with a small amount of filler volume are under the eyes (tear troughs) and upper cheeks. But sometimes it’s about balance. The lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds) and jowls can be softened, but you should be conservative in the lower face.
Located in Beverly Hills, Dr. Suzanne Trott is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast and body contouring. Her areas of expertise include liposuction and the new “natural breast augmentation” procedure with autologous body fat. She answers your questions on her blog, Lipo Queen, an international resource for unbiased information regarding all of the newest developments in plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine. Her book, Lipo Queen will be available next year. Further information about Dr. Trott and her practice can be found at Drtrott.com.
This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. The following query was culled from a private stock, but we’ll be accepting readers’ questions soon.
I’m interested in exploring cosmetic fillers to smooth out the increasingly visible lines and wrinkles on my face, but am hesitant to spend the money because it seems like most of them only last for six months at most. Are there any fillers that don’t get reabsorbed into your skin, for a more permanent solution—and, more importantly, if this technology exists, is it safe?
Artefill is becoming more popular for this very reason. However, there are special issues when considering using permanent fillers, such as the cosmetic surgeon’s technique and experience, because if the filler is not placed properly the results are still “permanent.” Additionally, aging of the face is a dynamic process and what may look good initially may not be ideal for the long haul—even more so if facial plastic surgery is performed and the skin is significantly “rearranged” in the future. I prefer to use some of the longer-lasting fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane, and the newer Evolence is very promising.
With over 20 years of clinical experience in cosmetic laser surgery and dermatology research, David H. McDaniel, MD [http://www.lasercenterofvirginia.com/mcdanbio.html], is board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology, an assistant professor of clinical dermatology and plastic surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School, and the director of the Institute of Anti-Aging Research. Dr. McDaniel is also a sought-after consultant for cosmetic and drug companies regarding skincare products and cosmeceuticals.
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