Like the rest of the skin on your face, your lips don’t stay the same as you age—and represent one of the areas where particularly noticeable changes can occur. A primary cause of this change is natural collagen loss,but UV damage, smoking, and inflammation also speed up the process. Shrinking fat pads in the lips further cause them to lose some of their roundness and projection.Lip fillers from Denver’s AboutSkin Dermatology and DermSurgery can give you plumper lips(restoring a more youthful fullness) and also help soften some lines in the skin (especially along with laser treatments).
Apart from aging, some people have smaller lips because of genetics. Lip fillers work well for these patients, too, by giving them volume they have been lacking for years and helping them to shape the lips they have always wanted. At AboutSkin, our six Board-Certified Dermatologists are all well-trained on performing lip filler injections,and they all have a keen eye as to achieving the “natural look.”
The Juvederm® and Restylane® collections both include injectable cosmetic dermatology treatments designed specifically for targeting the lips and the surrounding area. Much like fillers for other areas of the face, lip fillers work by volumizing the skin. The soft gels are injected below the surface and blend into the tissue, resulting in a very natural look and feel. Discomfort is minimized by the use of a topical anesthetic.
The lip fillers used at AboutSkin Dermatology are made with hyaluronic acid, a molecule found naturally in the skin and used to maintain hydration by pulling in water from the surrounding atmosphere and from the deeper layers of skin to the surface.
The lip filler gels replace the volume that has been lost when collagen and moisture diminish in the lips as you age. Lip fillers are typically softer and lighter compared to the fillers used for volumizing cheeks and softening deep wrinkles. Restylane Kysse® is an option created specifically for lips, while Silk® is a thinner filler used for subtle lip augmentation and reducing wrinkles around the lips. Juvederm® Ultra and Ultra Plus add more noticeable volume.
Anyone who wants to add volume and alsomaintains a positive outlook and realistic goals for what can be achieved with cosmetic procedures like lip fillers.During your consultation, our Board-Certified Dermatologists at AboutSkin Dermatology discuss your medical history and skin health with you to determine the right treatments for you—including lip fillers and/or laser treatment sessions.
There is very little downtime associated with lip fillers. The treatment takes just a few minutes to be completed, and patients can return to most of their usual activities afterward. Common side effects include mild redness, swelling, tenderness, and bruising. Patients who have had lip fillers should avoid heavy exercise for the first couple of days, and avoid heated environments like saunas and steam rooms for the first two days as well (since the high temperatures can intensify anypost-injection swelling).
Selecting a skilled and experienced injector is one of the most important steps you can take when having lip fillers, as it helps to ensure that the procedure is as safe as possible and that you get satisfying results. Board-Certified and Fellowship-Trained Dermatologist Dr. Joel Cohen teaches courses every month on fillers (and lasers) and lectured as faculty for the launch of Restylane®Kysse and Restylane® Contour. He has participated in clinical trials for Restylane® and other lip fillers like Juvéderm® and has co-authored an article ona validated lip fullness grading scale.
Aside from lip fillers, other types of dermal fillers can be used for addressing volume loss in other areas of the face, which can lead to wrinkles, depressions, and sagging. It’s common for the cheeks to become flatter or hollow as we age, causing the shape of the face to change. Juvederm Voluma® and Restylane Lyft®or Restylane® Contour are ideal for cheek augmentation.They add lift and volume to re-define the contours of the face.
Several types of fillers can be combined and tailored to address the unique concerns of each individual patient.
As director of AboutSkin Dermatology, the nationally renowned Dr. Cohen oversees the practice.READ MORE
Dr. Stoler has provided medical and surgical services at AboutSkin Dermatology since 2011.READ MORE
Dr. Ho joined AboutSkin Dermatology in 2012, and provides medical and surgical services.READ MORE
Dr. Fettig came to AboutSkin in 2019 after completing her Boston University residency.READ MORE