The lips and the eyes are the parts of the face that draw the most attention — the simplest caricatures of human faces consist of eyes and a mouth. Improvements to the eyes (though not the eyelids) are outside the realm of cosmetic surgery, but lip enhancement is very much an option. A very slight plumping or reshaping of the lips can have a surprising positive effect on your appearance, and most people who get this surgery are very pleased with the results. Two common types of lip enhancement are lip augmentation and lip lifts.
A small, temporary augmentation of the lips can be made using an injection of a filler. Body fat is one filler sometimes used, along with Restylane and other hyaluronic acid fillers. There will be some swelling, but it will wear off after a couple of days. Unfortunately, at some point the treatment itself will wear off.
If you want a more permanent improvement, you can get a dermal allograft, in which dermal collagen from a donor is transplanted into your lips. Unlike many forms of donated tissue, there’s no danger of rejection — collagen has no DNA, and is the same from one person to another. It will in time become a part of your own lips as if it had grown there.
A lip lift is a very small surgical change, intended to widen an upper lip that is just a little too narrow. The surgeon makes a gull-wing-shape incision under the nose, removing excess skin and tightening the muscles, which brings out the upper lip. The goal is for the upper lip to take up about a third of the space between the base of the nose and the tip of the chin. A lip lift can usually be performed in the surgeon’s office, and there’s only a little swelling and bruising afterward. Sutures are taken out in five or six days.
All of these operations require someon with a delicate touch and an impeccable sense of facial aesthetics. The best plastic surgeon to go to for lip enhancement in Charlotte is Dr. Sean Freeman. He has been certified by two different boards of surgery, the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Since 1988 he has devoted himself completely to facial plastic surgery and non-surgical aesthetic facial procedures, including lip augmentation and lifts, and has earned a reputation as the best facial plastic surgeon in Charlotte. If you want to try temporary or permanent lip enhancement, contact his office or request an online consultation for a discount on the consultation fee.