AS SEEN IN YOURHEALTH MAGAZINE:
What happened to your pouty lips? Is that a sign of an aging face?
Yes, say the experts.
Here are the telltale signs of an aging mouth, and they happen simultaneously:
• Your upper lip lengthens and flattens
• Your lower lip loses volume and develops a horizontal groove
• The corners of your mouth droop
• Your lip line, the white roll at the border of your lips thins and rolls in
• Your “nasolabial folds” , between your checks and your upper lip deepen and create parenthetic like furrows
• Your “marionette folds”, at the lower corners of your mouth turn down and create a bitter like look
A facelift can correct the laxity of your neck and cheeks.
A browlift can correct the laxity of your midbrow.
Eyelid surgery can reverse the process. Fat transfer into your face can compensate for the slowly disappearing fat all over your face and around your mouth.
But if your mouth looks old, you would still look old in spite of all your efforts.
Few procedures in the world of contemporary cosmetic surgery have enjoyed such popularity as lip augmentation. Defining and accentuating the lips in an aging mouth or simply creating voluptuous lips in a youthful mouth is and has been all the rage since the 1990’s.
Fuller lips are associated with youth, and today’s fuller lips are created with injections directly into the lips. The techniques to doing so vary, but what remains constant is your search for a physician with an understanding of your lip anatomy and the ability to maintain the natural proportions of your lips. The top choices for lip augmentation and rejuvenation of the aging mouth by way of direct injections into the lips are either autologous fat transfer (fat harvested from your own body) or the more popular injectable fillers such as hyaluronic acids.
Involving little or practically no downtime hyaluronic acids such as Restylane, Juvederm and Prevelle Silk (contains lidocaine to reduce pain) are the top choices for lip filling. A commonly used approach is combining some of the mentioned fillers for best results. Although hyaluronic acids tend to have a less permanent result, the so called permanent fillers (silicone oil, implants) are not a good option. A permanent filler in a constantly changing face and a mobile mouth will look good today and disastrous tomorrow.
What else should you consider for your “lip service”? If your mouth is aging, and you are not ready for surgery, there is almost no way out of fillers. Keep in mind that when you are looking at an aging mouth, you are also looking at an aging neck and chin and you may need a facelift. If on the other hand you are younger and simply want an Angelina Jolie like pout, don’t get filler-happy and over do it because lip injections is not a one-size-fits-all procedure and sausage like overfilled lips become a joke.
So what’s a girl to do?
Do your research, be a well informed patient, set realistic expectations and most importantly, choose your experts wisely and then..Be on your way to pouty lips.