Today, we don’t have to wonder what the celebrities’ secret is to luscious lips, it’s modern lip enhancement procedures. Full, plump lips have always been considered a hallmark of youth, health, and beauty. Unfortunately, one of the inevitable signs of aging is crinkly, thinner lips; and then there are those who are born with thin lips.

Fortunately, with the right kind of professional lip enhancements, we can experience that same full and seductive look to our lips that not only provide a dramatic change in appearance, but is also similar to that of celebrity status. Each person is unique, so the procedure must be tailored to enhance one’s unique facial features and meet particular needs. A thorough examination and medical history are needed before Dr. Patt can recommend the best options.

Dermal Fillers

The dermal filler most often used for lip enhancements is hyaluronic acid. That may sound scary, but hyaluronic acid is naturally found in the body; therefore, it is safe and has less chance of causing a bad reaction. These dermal fillers are widely used to effectively add volume to thin, crepey lips, and help improve the lip’s overall shape and structure.

Fillers offer a very safe and flexible treatment that can be closely monitored by the doctor, as he will determine how many injections will be needed. The patient ends up with the great, natural-appearing lips they desire, without the look of unnatural “bee-stung” lips.

There is less swelling and bruising with this type of dermal filler, and patient enjoy great lips for six months.

Lip Implants

Patients wishing for a more permanent solution can choose lip enhancement implants such as PermaLip. These implants are surgically inserted into the lip through tiny incisions. PermaLip is produced from very soft silicone and matches the lips’ natural shape. Implants don’t leak or rupture, and are available in different sizes. Your Houston cosmetic surgeon will discuss the available options.  The PermaLip implant procedure is a very quick and safe option that takes about 15 minutes to complete, and is performed under local anesthetic.

Lip Lift

Patients with loose skin, or a mouth that turns downward can benefit from a lip lift. In this type of lip enhancement procedure, the surgeon can remove extra skin and lift the lips, resulting in a more youthful appearance. The sutures used to close the tiny incisions are removed in a few days.

Anyone visiting a facial plastic surgeon for a lip enhancements should have realistic expectations. Not everyone is a good candidate, including heavy smokers; therefore, consulting with Dr. Patt is key to learning which options are best.

After this procedure, patients are typically thrilled with their youthful celebrity-style lips, and renewed self-confidence. If you have always wanted to have gorgeous lips, make an appointment with Houston Center for Facial Plastic Surgery at (281) 649-7170 today.