Cosmetic surgeons offer well-known procedures such as rhinoplasty, face lifts and brow lifts, along with other procedures, such as lip enhancement. If you already like the shape of your lower lip, but not your upper lip, a lip lift may help. This is a procedure that pulls your upper lip out a little more, making it look fuller.
If you want your lips to be really fuller, but only a little bit, and you are not certain you are ready to commit to a permanent procedure, one way to make a small, temporary improvement in the contour of your lips is to get a filler injection in your lips. Common fillers include hyaluronic acid products like Restylane, or regular human body fat. There is some swelling as a result, but it wears off in a few days.
A dermal allograft is a more major procedure, which is done when the surgeon injects dermal collagen from the skin of a donor into your own lips. Cosmetic surgeons make sure donors are carefully screened for health, and the actual skin cells and their DNA are removed beforehand, so there is no danger of injection.
A neck lift can be done either by just working with the skin on the neck, or by working on the muscles of the neck. A chin implant can help with this, because the chin bone acts as a tent pole for the neck muscles.
Speaking of chin and cheek implants, this is one of the ways to make an otherwise forgettable face attractive. A cosmetic surgeon in Charlotte, NC will often tailor-make these for the individual face. If you want a less permanent procedure, you can have fillers or fat injected into place. Cheek implants can lend symmetry to an otherwise asymmetrical face.
An alternative to the cheek implant, which may be suitable for some patients, is the malar pad lift. It lifts the pads of fat under the skin of the face, and can be done under local anesthetic. It is usually done along with other procedures, because if the midface is lax, other parts of the face are likely to be lax as well.
Dr. Sean Freeman is the most experienced facial plastic surgeon in Charlotte, NC. He has been certified by two different surgery boards, the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He has practiced nothing but facial plastic surgery since 1988, including improvements to plastic surgery done by other doctors. If you need a cosmetic surgeon, make an appointment or request an online consultation today.