For hundreds of years, a woman's lips have been viewed
as a symbol of her voluptuousness and seen as a sign of her sensuality.
Luscious lips have often been considered a key element of a woman's
The 19th century English poet, Lord Tennyson, wrote an ode to beautiful
“A man had given all other bliss,
And all his worldly worth for this,
To waste his whole heart in one kiss
Upon her perfect lips”
A plump pout is universally synonymous with youth, and is an icon of
sensuality. In fact, there are many who feel that full, pouty, sensuous
lips are the most youthful aspect of a person’s face, especially when
complimented by high cheeks.
Unfortunately, not everyone is blessed with a pair of naturally
beautiful lips. The few who are don't get to keep them without a little
help. Over time, the corners of the mouth begin to droop, and the upper
lip flattens and loses its youthful fullness. Vertical wrinkles above
the upper lip cause the lipstick to bleed. That once sensual look is
gone or is greatly reduced.
Thanks to today's many medical advances there is help.
Aging lips can be rejuvenated and less full lips can be enhanced through
a process called Lip Augmentation.
History of the Procedure
Augmentation of the lip has been performed for cosmetic reasons for a
long time. Women of all ethnic and social backgrounds have applied
cosmetics to their lips to define or alter their appearance since the
Clinical Descriptions of Selected Patients in Photo
Before and After Photos
Tribal ceremonies involving the introduction
of various materials in the upper and lower lip to alter their shape,
usually with the intent to enlarge them, have been practiced in African
tribes for centuries.
During the past decade, the size and
shape of lips has gained special attention and prominence in the sphere
of cosmetic surgery. Enhanced, full, sensuous lips have become the
accepted standard as a characteristic of beauty. Great emphasis has been
placed on the full lip in glamour and fashion magazines, which has
influenced millions of women to achieve this look.
Lip augmentation, enhancement and lip implants
Basically, lip augmentation is the magnification of the lips with a
cosmetic facial filler, fat transfer, or lip implants to create fuller
lips. Several types of fillers and implants are available, including the
Human-based collagen lip augmentation
During the lip augmentation procedure using human-based collagen, your
doctor may inject a manufactured human-based collagen filler such as
Cosmoderm, Cosmoplast, Cymetra, Autologen, Fascian, and most recently,
Evolence, to fill the lip area. Human-based collagen fillers are
biocompatible and offer results that may last for four or more months.
It is important to note that the lip area is typically overfilled
initially, because up to 40% of the collagen dissipates within a short
period of time. Furthermore, as collagen treatments continue over time,
more and more of the collagen remains and creates a greater opportunity
for increased longevity, in some cases lasting a lifetime.
Hyaluronic acid-derived lip augmentation
During the lip augmentation procedure using hyaluronic acid, your doctor
will inject a hyaluronic acid solution to fill the lip area. Hyaluronic
acid is a safe, clear gel composed of a naturally occurring
polysaccharide (a carbohydrate) that exists in human tissues and skin.
Hyaluronic acid fillers are said to offer longer lasting results than
collagen-based fillers. Brand names of these fillers include Restylane,
Juvederm, and Hylaform.
Fat transfer lip augmentation
Fat transfer is an excellent technique for lip augmentation as it offers
the only natural method for potential permanent results. Fat is
aspirated from another part of the body, such as the abdomen or thigh,
and then injected into the lips. Since fat cells are living tissue, the
body will recognize them and new capillaries will attach to the cells to
keep them permanently alive. Since the fat cells are from the patient’s
own body, they are not recognized as foreign and will not cause an
allergic reaction. The fat transfer technique usually requires at least
two to three treatments to achieve a permanent result as the body
reabsorbs much of the injected fat.
During a lip implant procedure, synthetic materials are inserted with a
needle through small incisions that are typically made at the corners of
the lips and sometimes in other areas of the lips. Several types of
implantable products are used, including Gore-Tex (a biocompatible
polymer material called ePTFE that is used for other unrelated
surgeries), SoftForm (ePTFE that comes in a circular shape and may be
softer than implants of the past), Advanta, and AlloDerm. Although there
are some incidence of problems with these implants, most patients are
satisfied with the results and they do offer a permanent solution,
unlike most other techniques.
Presently, there are so many options available for those who are seeking
lip augmentation. Truly, it is difficult for the patient to select what
would be the best technique for their anatomy and budget. Also, there
are so many new practitioners entering the field of cosmetic surgery
that it is difficult for patients to choose.
But it is without question that the one absolute truth about lip
augmentation is that successful lip augmentation is highly dependent on
the skill of the provider, with that skill stemming from many years of
experience injecting the lips of many types of patients.
Restore your lips to their fullest, most youthful, and most sensual
If you are considering lip
augmentation, please consult with Dr. Kass who is fully trained to treat
this problem and has been in practice in Tampa Bay for over 20 years.
Please contact the
Kass Center for Cosmetic Facial
and Eye Plastic Surgery or call 727-522-3223 (FACE) for more
information and a personal consultation.
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