Make Your Lips More Kissable
- Posted on: Sep 15 2019
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Whether you’re in Rome, Georgia or Rome, Italy, all of us wish we had lips like Angelina Jolie. Alas, virtually no one does. Some of us have thin, shapeless lips. Some of us have lips that aren’t quite symmetrical. Some of us aren’t exactly thrilled with our barcode lines, the vertical lines that form on our lips.
Plus, just as we lose collagen production across our bodies as we age (which allows our skin to slacken and develop wrinkles and lines), our lips also lose collagen. This makes them become thinner. Bogus.
But Dr. Snodgrass and Dr. Robinson use dermal fillers to plump the lips of our patients. More shape. More volume. More kissable lips are the end result.
Do our lips thin with age?
Just as your facial skin seems to sag and look less firm as the years pass, the same happens to your lips. The culprit is decreasing collagen production. Every year after you turn 20 your body produces one additional percentage point less collagen. If you’re 50, your body is producing 30 percent less collagen than when you were young. And because collagen is responsible for the skin’s underlying structural support, this decrease creates sagging and volume loss.
Your lips are not immune. It’s not your imagination — they have thinned noticeably with age. Also, vertical lip lines form as volume decreases.
What are some lip features that can be changed?
At Snodgrass & Robinson, our goal with lip augmentation is unique to each patient. You may want to erase some vertical lip lines. Or you may want to make your lips more symmetrical. Or maybe you simply want plumper, more kissable lips!
These are some specific areas Dr. Snodgrass and Dr. Robinson consider with lip augmentation:
- Cupid’s bow — This is the name of the area in the middle of your upper lip. This is thought to be the focus of the lips, and we add definition.
- Center fullness — Signature lip beauty means they are fuller in the center, tapering off at the corners.
- Profile projection — When viewed from the side, your upper lip should project slightly above your lower lip.
- Side-to-side symmetry — Augmentation can balance asymmetrical lips.
What fillers are used for lip augmentation?
Dr. Snodgrass and Robinson use hyaluronic acid dermal fillers for lip augmentation. We like hyaluronic acid because it is a naturally occurring substance in the human body whose job is to firm and plump the skin. It does so by combining with water molecules at the injection sites. These fillers are easy to work with and results can be finely tuned.
These are the hyaluronic acid fillers we use for lip augmentation.
- Juvederm® Ultra XC
Juvederm® is a large family of dermal fillers; two are used for lip augmentation, Ultra XC and Volbella XC. Juvederm® Ultra XC is intended to visibly plump the lips. Ultra can add definition to the borders and fill volume throughout.
- Juvederm® Volbella XC
Volbella XC was added in 2016 as a subtler alternative to Ultra. While Ultra provides significant volume to the lips, Volbella is formulated to add subtle volume and to smooth lip lines. Volbella creates natural looking results that aren’t as dramatic.
- Restylane® Silk
Like Juvederm®, the Restylane® family of dermal fillers has also been expanding. Restylane® Silk is specifically formulated for lip augmentation and for filling vertical lip lines. Compared with the other Restylane® fillers, Silk is formulated with smaller hyaluronic acid particles, making it perfect for plumping and adding volume to the lips, but not in an overly showy way.
Who says you can’t have lips like Angelina Jolie? Or maybe she’ll want to have lips like yours after Dr. Snodgrass or Dr. Robinson add some volume. Call us at (706) 378-0200 to schedule an appointment or with any questions you may have.
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