Many adults are unhappy with the shape or size of their lips. The lips may seem too thin, appear to stretch horizontally, or lack a natural swoop curve. Sometimes the problem is hereditary and has plagued the individual since childhood, and in some cases the lips begin to show a thinner, straighter appearance later on in life. Dermal fillers and lip implants are two of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures for thin lips. Lip implants are a more permanent treatment, but a dermal filler injection is much easier to undergo and can be repeated at regular intervals in order to keep the lips full and plumped. We strongly suggest that you get all the facts about both of these treatments before making a decision about which procedure is right for you.
Types of Dermal Fillers
Most filler injection treatments use a form of acid that draws in and holds moisture. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring substance produced by the body, but when concentrated amounts are injected in and around the lips, moisture retention increases and the lips have a much plumper, fuller look. Depending on the original shape of the lips prior to treatment, acid fillers may also help firm up the lips and give them additional structural support. We would need to consult with you and look closely at the shape and structure of your lips before determining whether or not a filler treatment would work for you.
The Downsides of Lip Implants and Surgical Procedures
With lip implants, the implants are inserted beneath the lip skin through incisions made on the corners of the mouth. Lip implants are considered permanent, although they may have to be removed and replaced years later should the overall shape of the mouth change due to natural aging processes. As you can imagine, lip implant surgery can be a hassle, especially for those with busy schedules. And not all individuals are ideal candidates for lip implants. If the lips are too thin, filler treatments will most likely work better.
Which Treatment is Right for You?
You’ll want to consult with a professional to learn more and to find out about your treatment options. Here at Pierre Skin Care Institute, we are proud to offer dermal filler treatments like Juvederm Volbella® due to their convenience and the amazing results they can provide. Our office is located in Thousand Oaks, and we also serve clients in the following areas: Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Camarillo, Ventura, Oxnard, Moorpark and Simi Valley. Contact us today to book a consultation and get started!