Have you wondered whether placement of hyaluronic acid filler such as Restylane© in the lips can impart a more voluminous and youthful appearance to your lips? Have you wondered how this compares with a surgical lip lift? The lip lift is a procedure that can be performed under local anesthesia or IV sedation to address specific aesthetic concerns of the lip that lip filler cannot. See a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon if you have concerns about your lips.
Lip Lift versus Lip Filler
Dr. Jeffrey Harmon
The Lip Lift Can Address What Lip Filler Cannot
The red portion of the upper lip loses height and volume as we age. Some individuals are born with thin, deflated lips. Lip filler can re-volumize deflated lips. However, lip filler cannot increase the height of the red lip without projecting it, potentially resulting in a “duck-lipped” appearance. In addition to the red lip, the area of the lip between the red lip and the base of the nose lengthens as we age. This can be worsened by overfilling the lip with hyaluronic acid. The lip lift can be an excellent option to improve the height of the red lip and restore a “pouty” appearance to the lip by reducing the overall length of the lip to a more youthful length. The incision is hidden in a natural crease at the base of the nose.
This 58-year-old patient came to Dr. Harmon to address sagging cheeks and jowls, loose tissue in her neck, and a lengthened upper lip. An extended deep plane facelift, neck lift, lip lift, and lip enhancement with hyaluronic acid filler were performed. She could not be happier with her results only six weeks after surgery.
Lip Filler Can Complement the Lip Lift
It is important to note that while the lip lift can address aesthetic concerns lip filler cannot, this does not prevent you from receiving hyaluronic acid filler in the future to re-volumize a deflated lip as demonstrated in the before-and-after images below. In fact, hyaluronic acid filler can be a wonderful complement to the lip lift.
This patient underwent a lip lift 6 weeks prior to placement of hyaluronic acid lip filler in her upper and lower lips. Note the added improvement in volume to her upper lip in addition to the improvements made with the lip lift. Most importantly, the lower lip, which is not address with a lip lift, now has increased volume and a balanced proportion with her upper lip.
Trust Your Face to a Facial Plastic Surgeon
It is important to seek a fellowship-trained specialist in plastic surgery of the face and neck when you have concerns about your lips.
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