One of the most noticeable aspects of our appearance is the lips. Youthful lips have plumping in the right areas to create shape and a smooth border. As we age, our lips lose volume and become less defined leading to smaller appearing lips with lack of definition. Dehydration of the tissue leads to increased appearance of lines on and around the mouth leading to the infamous lip stick bleeding. Excessive sun exposure and smoking can really accelerate these changes.
To maintain the lips, just like the rest of our skin, good diet, hydration, sun protection and moisturizing are important. The use of emollients, especially at night, and use of lip preparations that have SPF, especially in summer months, can help to offset some of the changes.
Restoring volume to the lips can be a great way to bring them back to life. For plumping, fillers can be placed into the lip itself to restore the natural fullness and accentuate features such as the cupid’s bow. Enhancing definition of the lip borders can create a more youthful appearing lip by creating a smooth transition and lessening the appearance of fine lines. It is important the fillers are done in the right areas to avoid unshapely (fish shaped) or flat (duck shaped) appearing lips. No all fillers are created equal. Some fillers are better for volume (Restylane® or Juvéderm® Ultra); other fillers are better for lip borders and fine lines (Belotero and the newly approved Volbella).
Visit us today at Etre, Cosmetic Dermatology and Laser Center in New Orleans, LA to learn more about achieving a natural, youthful look.