Our lips work hard both aesthetically and functionally. Unfortunately, they are one of the first indicators of age and also highly influence how people perceive our sensuality. Those of us wanting to look younger or who were born with particularly thin lips are in luck—the options for improving the fullness and shape of the lips are amazing and varied, and Dr. Houser and Dr. Kraft of Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery of Columbus are experienced in all of them!
I’m not ready to commit to a permanent change for my lips; what are my other options?
Countless patients have experienced the benefits of injectable fillers designed to enhance many body parts but especially the lips. Dr. Houser and Dr. Kraft are pleased to offer the brands that patients recognize most: Juvederm® Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus and Juvederm Volbella. Designed to add volume for a temporary but relatively long-term period, patients can choose whether or not to receive additional injections to preserve the effects. All of these products contain hyaluronic acid, a natural substance in our skin associated with hydration and an essential element of our connective tissue. They each have varying amounts of this material, which corresponds with the fullness of the effect and the amount of time it lasts. Likewise, each product has varying amounts of lidocaine, which helps offset the pain associated with the injection. The key difference between Juvederm Ultra and Ultra Plus is the endurance of their effect: Ultra lasts about 6-9 months and Ultra Plus around 9-12 and Juvederm Volbella lasts 12 months. All of these products can be used not only to add volume to the lips, but also to minimize the wrinkling at the edges of the lips—no more lipstick “bleed.”
Finally, for patients who want to avoid the risk of allergic reaction to synthetic fillers, the more natural fat transfer procedure may be best. Small amounts of fat, harvestable from nearly any location on your body with minimal scarring, can then be injected in and near the lips for a fuller, smoother, and younger appearance.
Call Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery of Columbus today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Houser or Dr. Kraft and determine the best option for younger looking, more sensual lips.