Rejuvenate Your Face with Tear Trough Fillers

The tear trough is the sulcus formed by the lower eyelid and upper cheek folds. The shadow created under your eyes can make you look exhausted. Tear troughs are often seen as an indication of aging.

Tear troughs are a typically hereditary characteristic of aging for many people. Age causes volume loss in the facial tissues, which accounts for this effect.

Fillers designed to conceal or lessen the tear trough’s appearance are intended to do this. At Glamour Medical Aesthetics, Olga Nazarov PA-C injects dermal fillers into the under-eye area to make the skin look tighter and more full. This approach to facial rejuvenation doesn’t include any invasive surgery.

Tear trough fillers, like other face fillers, have benefits and drawbacks. Knowing the technique and any risks involved is crucial before undergoing any treatment.

What Exactly is a Filler for the Tear Troughs?

Under-eye injections are known as tear-trough fillers. Its primary function is to enhance the under eyes area. Hyaluronic acid-based products are the norm in this application, while others are possible. One of the substances your body produces naturally is hyaluronic acid, which has the consistency of a gel. Hyaluronic acid injections plump the skin and smooth out wrinkles and fine lines.

Can I get fillers for my tear troughs?

Cosmetic treatments for tear troughs are generally safe. Compared to tear-through operations like fat grafting and fat repositioning, they’re also less invasive.

Juvederm Volbella and RHA Redensity dermal fillers are approved by the FDA to add volume to a sunken under-eye area in adults over the age of 22. You should always ask what type of filler is best for your specific skin type, age, and goals from treatment before undergoing a procedure. Unlike other types of fillers, the results of tear trough fillers are ever-so-slightly more permanent than, say, for the lips, since this area doesn’t experience as much constant muscle movement. Most people can expect them to last for 12-18 months. Longer-term benefits require maintenance. 

Where Exactly Do You Feel the Pain, if Any?

An under-eye filler’s discomfort is usually tolerable and short-lived. Though the slight pressure felt around the eyes may be uncomfortable, there is no actual pain if the injector does it correctly.

Who Benefits Most from A Tear-Trough Filler Procedure?

It’s a safe and effective process for many people, and it’s especially beneficial for those who go into it with adequate knowledge and reasonable expectations. However, it’s still important to talk to your doctor about your health before undergoing any cosmetic procedure.

If you meet the following criteria, tear trough filler could be a good option for you:

  • Having considerable bags under the eyes
  • Having healthy, thick skin
  • Having reasonable expectations from the procedure, and an understanding that the results are  temporary

On the other hand, you might not be a suitable fit if:

  • You have a lot of hanging skin around your eyes and fragile skin
  • You have deep tear troughs, puffy eyes, a skin infection, or a preexisting medical condition that raises your risk of the possibility of an adverse reaction 
  • Your under-eye area is black or very dark

Contact Us Today in Miami, Fl

To find out if you’re a good candidate for tear trough filler to help enhance your facial contour and help you look younger and refreshed, schedule a consultation with the expert injectors at Glamour Medical Aesthetics. We offer a full range of aesthetic medicine services from wrinkle relaxers such as Botox to dermal fillers and bio-stimulators such as Sculptra, to Kybella and SkinPen micro-needling, sclerotherapy and lasers, thread lifts and platelet-rich plasma, and exosomes and Sculptra.

Please call our Miami, Florida, location or fill out an online contact form if you have any questions about our services or would like to schedule an appointment.

Hyaluronic acid fillers have been a game-changer in the beauty industry. Many people have found them to be a way to give their faces a subtle lift without any downtime or painful procedures.

For people who might think the only option for facial contouring are expensive, extensive surgeries, it’s worth reviewing the non-surgical options like hyaluronic acid fillers to help you achieve your beauty goals. Glamour Medical Aesthetics offers safe and effective non-surgical face and body contouring to achieve optimal skin. Read on to learn more about our impressive hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers.

What are Hyaluronic Acid Fillers?

Hyaluronic acid fillers are a type of temporary dermal fillers used in non-surgical treatments. Hyaluronic acid is naturally occurring in the body and has the highest concentrations found in the joints, eyes, and skin. Hyaluronic acid attracts water to the skin, which increases the skin’s hydration and lubrication, as well as volume.

As we age, fat, muscles, bone, and skin start to thin. This aging process often results in a sunken or sagging appearance on the face. It also leads to fine lines, wrinkles, thin lips, and folds.

In our skin, HA is present in large quantities in the extracellular matrix (ECM).  Because of its significant ability to attract and bind water molecules, HA is important for maintaining structure and volume in the skin. Together, collagen, elastin, and HA form the scaffold of the skin, providing structure and texture.

The Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

The beneficial functions of HA in skincare and health are wide and varied. Found in our skin, joints, eyes and connective tissue, the most important function of HA is its very high capacity for retaining water.

HA injections are an attractive treatment option to address age-related changes in skin quality and appearance. Hyaluronic acid can be injected into our skin to fill and plump specific areas. Hyaluronic acid injections are applied to:

  • Reduce wrinkles
  • Model cheeks
  • Correct facial lines and lip shape
  • Lessen the appearance of sagging
  • Reduce the appearance of depressions in the skin caused by acne scars or injury
  • Improve elasticity and hydration of facial, hand, neck, and neckline skin

Non-Invasive

Many people like hyaluronic acid fillers because it’s a non-invasive treatment. The treatment consists of a tiny needle being injected into your skin and has no downtime. Getting hyaluronic acid fillers is far more convenient when compared to surgical facelift procedures, although it’s worth mentioning the results from surgery are far longer-lasting and much more dramatic.

Optimal Hydration

Hyaluronic acid fillers offer optimal hydration to skin that might be drying out with age. Hyaluronic acid acts as a humectant, allowing it to attract water and bind to hydrogen. This impressive molecule will draw in moisture continuously over the course of several months, allowing you to achieve moisture-filled skin and a refreshed-looking face.

Tighten Skin

Thanks to its ability to stimulate collagen production and its excellent capacity to retain water, hyaluronic acid also keeps our skin smooth, plumped, and well hydrated.

Skin Cell Regeneration

Healthy skin cells are essential for optimal skin appearance. Hyaluronic acid fillers aid in the regeneration of skin cells thanks to added hydration and improved skin resilience. As new skin cells develop, your skin will look healthier and more vibrant and will reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

How Are Hyaluronic Acid Injections Performed?

After cleansing the injection site with an antibacterial agent, a topical anesthetic may be used to prevent pain. In some cases, the HA dermal filler contains an anesthetic. During the injection, small amounts of HA are injected into the superficial or deep layers of our skin. After the HA injection, the practitioner massages the treated areas to achieve an optimum distribution of the injected filler.

The procedure usually lasts less than 30 minutes, depending on the area to be treated.

How Often Are Hyaluronic Acid Injections Needed?

The effects of HA fillers last various lengths of time, depending on the type of the filler and the area where it is administered. However, as HA is eventually broken down and is absorbed by the body, the effects are not permanent. To achieve long-lasting results, injections should be repeated between 6 to 24 months.

Achieve Your Best Skin with Glamour Medical Aesthetics

Glamour Medical Aesthetics is all about the creation of natural beauty with the latest procedures. Hyaluronic acid fillers are an effective, non-surgical treatment that can tighten and smooth your skin, add hydration, and help you restore your confidence.

We offer a variety of non-surgical facelift options, including hyaluronic acid fillers. Are you ready to transform your face? Schedule an appointment with us today by filling out the online contact form.

If you’re considering changing something about your face, your first thought is likely plastic surgery. Fortunately, as the cosmetic industry advances, there are more and more non-surgical alternatives available than ever. With the help of our medical aesthetics team, you can explore a variety of ways to enhance your look without the need for downtime or incisions. Here are some of our best options for boosting your confidence without surgery.

Evening Out Your Cheeks

High cheekbones and healthy, plump cheeks can give your face a more youthful appearance. Cheek fillers are one of the fastest ways to take years off your features without the need for implants. When properly administered (and not overdone), fillers can highlight your existing bone structure to make your face look younger and more striking.

Sculpting Your Jawline

Jawlines can cause a host of insecurities. Some people dislike their strong chin and jaw, while others feel self-conscious about a weaker profile. Whichever the case may be, fillers can help smooth the contours of your jaw into a more naturally pleasing shape while injectables like BOTOX® can help slim the jawline.

Balancing Your Nose

Noses come in every shape and size, but they don’t always fit the face they’re attached to. If you’re feeling insecure about your nose, you may not want to commit to surgically altering it. Instead, you may benefit from a liquid rhinoplasty. This procedure can’t make a large nose smaller. What it can do, however, is add volume where it counts to create a more pleasing overall shape and look compared to the rest of your face. A liquid rhinoplasty may improve the definition of your ridge, for example, or add a point to a blunt nose tip.

Filling in Wrinkles and Blemishes

One of the surest ways to bring out the best of any face is to smooth your skin. Wrinkles or scars from old blemishes such as acne can make your features look older, worn-out, and dull. Wrinkles and blemishes are some of the easiest problems solved by dermal fillers. Fillers add volume under the skin and reduce signs of aging. They’re best combined with a variety of anti-aging skincare treatments to achieve a healthier glow, as well.

Enhancing the Chin

A weak or undefined chin can unbalance the facial profile, especially in relation to your nose. Chin fillers are an effective way to sculpt the chin and add projection to the profile without the need for implants. Chin fillers can also make the chin appear wider or more pointed based on your cosmetic needs.

Schedule an Appointment

If you’ve been feeling self-conscious about your facial profile, don’t hesitate to explore your options. Now more than ever, it’s easy to boost your confidence without making permanent alterations. Glamour Medical Aesthetics is proud to provide cutting-edge non-surgical procedures that rejuvenate and refine. Fill out our online contact form or give us a call to schedule a consultation.

As we age, our facial tissue thins, leading to volume loss. Dermal fillers are a great option to replace lost volume and plump the lips for a more youthful appearance.

Depending on your lip goals, lip filler treatments may also be used to fill lip lines around the mouth or add more symmetry to your lips.

If you are not happy with your lips and would like to improve the overall shape, Glamour Medical Aesthetics offers lip fillers as an effective solution. We specialize in the transformation of your lips, enhancing their natural beauty to help you look and feel your best.

What are Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers are gel-like substances that are injected into the lips to increase volume and define the lips. Most of them are formulated with hyaluronic acid (HA), a substance that attracts and binds water to restore lost volume.

What is the best lip filler?

How to choose the best lip filler: At Glamour Medical Aesthetics we offer a variety of lip fillers including all types of Juvederm, Restylane, and Revanesse Versa fillers. These dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid but differ in thickness and final results. Dr. Olga Nazarov will assess your facial structure and discuss your lip goals during your consultation in order to recommend the best lip filler choice for you.

How is a Lip Injection Performed?

The first step toward lip filler treatment is a consultation appointment. Dr. Olga Nazarov will do a physical examination of your face and lips and discuss the best options for you. During the initial consultation, you will also be asked for your medical history, current medications, or any allergies. Dr. Nazarov will suggest the best lip shape unique for you. Before the treatment, a numbing cream will be applied to ease any discomfort and pain during the injection. Olga will then administer a dermal filler using either a needle or blunt microcannula, or both, to the target areas to smooth lines and add volume to your lips. To reduce post-injection swelling, an ice pack will be applied after treatment.

Your final lip filler results will be seen after 10-14 days from your initial lip augmentation appointment after the swelling subsides. Recovery time varies for each patient and for each type of dermal filler injected.

Benefits of a Lip Fillers

Overall, there are many benefits of using dermal filler for your lip enhancement, including:

  • Customized results for your desired appearance.
  • A boost to your confidence and self-esteem.
  • Low risk of complications.
  • Reversible – If the results are not appealing, your healthcare provider can inject an enzyme that helps in dissolving the lip filler.

Why Should You Choose Glamour Medical Aesthetics?

Dr. Olga Nazarov is a nationally board-certified medical provider who specializes in lip enhancement and has many years of experience delivering perfect results. Her objective is to make changes with a natural appearance to boost patients’ self-esteem. She has also continued to enhance her knowledge and skills by training in aesthetic medicine and the latest techniques in Europe, the Middle East, and the USA.

Glamour Medical Aesthetics’ main objective is to see our patients have more confidence in their smiles, and lip injections are one way to help boost this confidence. We aim to satisfy you with every procedure and service that you receive from us.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are ready to take the first step toward fuller, more youthful-looking lips, contact Glamour Medical Aesthetics today. Your first step will be to schedule a consultation online to meet with Dr. Nazarov and discuss your lip enhancement goals.

Have you been dreaming about a bigger butt but are too skinny for BBL surgery? Then you’ve likely heard about buttock injections, which can be an excellent way to add some volume to your derrière. Butt injectables are popular because they are simple and effective. However, before you head to the nearest medical spa for this procedure, it’s worth understanding what butt injections are used for and how they work. The following will cover everything you need to know about one of the most common nonsurgical procedures in aesthetic medicine: buttock augmentation with injectable fillers.

What are Buttock Injections?

Dermal fillers and bio stimulators enhance the appearance of various parts of the body, including the buttocks, hips and thighs. Butt injections can be used on their own or in combination with other procedures like PRP, SkinPen microneedling, threads and lasers, giving patients comprehensive ways to improve their appearance from the outside.

What Kind of Fillers are Used for Buttocks Injections?

At Glamour Medical Aesthetics, we offer a variety of bio stimulators, such as Sculptra and Radiesse, as well as Hyaluronic Acid fillers for Buttock Augmentation, hip dips correction and cellulite reduction. PLLA and CaHA are injectable bio stimulators that work by stimulating your own body to activate collagen production to plump and elevate the buttocks. Over the next several weeks, collagen will build up and your results will gradually continue to improve. We typically recommend three treatments 4-8 weeks apart to achieve full correction. 

There are many different benefits of bio stimulators such as Sculptra and Radiesse buttock augmentation, including:

  • Effective for all body types
  • Painless 
  • Non-surgical
  • FDA-approved
  • There is little to no downtime
  • Results are natural-looking and long-lasting

What Can You Expect After the Procedure?

After the treatment is done, there are some things you can expect to happen. First, your buttocks will be slightly sore from the injections after the lidocaine effects start to wear off—this is entirely normal and should go away in a day or two. You may also notice some bruising and swelling where the injections were given. It should subside within two weeks. You will also be instructed to massage the area few times for the next few days after the treatment to get the product to be absorbed to achieve your desired results. 

The results of buttock injections should last from 18 months to up to 2 years or longer as this depends on the product used, how your body will metabolizes it and your individual lifestyle.

Contact Us Today

A consultation is required to determine the amount of injectable needed according to your starting point and beauty goals. Always check your provider’s experience and credentials to avoid any complications associated with buttock injections. 

For more information, please schedule a consultation with Olga Nazarov, MSPAS, PA-C to help determine whether Non-surgical BBL (Brazilian butt lift) is the right option for you. Olga, located in Aventura, Florida, has successfully performed thousands of buttock injections in the USA and worldwide.

What Are the Benefits of SkinPen Microneedling?

At any age, patients may notice irregular texture or pigmentation of the skin. This may be due to common concerns such as wrinkles, fine lines, sagging or drooping skin, acne scars, stretch marks, enlarged pores, and more. SkinPen Microneedling, also referred to as collagen induction therapy, is a great non-surgical option for these skin concerns. In Miami, Florida, patients can learn more about the benefits of SkinPen Microneedling through a consultation at Glamour Medical Aesthetics.

 

 

Minimally Invasive

One of the primary benefits of SkinPen Microneedling is that the procedure is minimally invasive. This means that patients can enjoy the results of this procedure without pain, significant side effects, or downtime. SkinPen works using tiny needles which create micro-injuries in the skin, stimulating the natural healing process and new collagen production. Through these micro-injuries, topical products may also more thoroughly absorb into the skin, reaching deeper layers to increase their effectiveness. The SkinPen treatment can be completed in as little as 30 minutes, making it a great “lunchtime” procedure option.

After SkinPen treatment, you may notice rough texture, redness, slight swelling, and some sensitivity as the skin heals. However, these side effects are minimal and do not restrict your activities after the treatment. Olga Nazarov, PA-C, will give you aftercare instructions to maintain the best results as your skin heals.

 

Safe for All Skin Types

Not all cosmetic procedures are appropriate for all skin types. For example, most laser and light procedures are only suitable for those with light skin tones. SkinPen, however, can be a good option for any skin type or tone, posing no risk of hyperpigmentation or damage for those with medium to dark skin tones. SkinPen is beneficial for a range of treatment areas, including the face, neck, decolletage, hands, buttocks, knees, elbows, and abdomen. SkinPen can be used anywhere on the body as increased collagen will improve skin quality in virtually any area.

Despite being generally safe for all skin types, there are a few concerns that may complicate SkinPen results. For example, those who are prone to keloid scarring or who have active skin infections are typically advised to choose other treatments. This is why a thorough consultation with a professional like those at Glamour Medical Aesthetics is important to achieving your best possible results and avoiding unnecessary complications.

 

Improves Fine Lines and Wrinkles

SkinPen Microneedling is intended to improve collagen and elastin production, which softens fine lines and wrinkles. Beginning as early as the mid-twenties, collagen production naturally slows. This results in skin laxity, wrinkles, and fine lines over time. By stimulating the natural healing process, SkinPen Microneedling creates firmer skin with a more youthful look and fewer wrinkles or lines.

 

Clears Up Acne Scarring and Surgical Scars

In addition to reducing signs of aging, SkinPen Microneedling can be a great option for texture issues that may appear at any age. This includes acne scarring, which can be an unwanted reminder of previous struggles with acne, or surgical scars. By increasing healthy, new skin cell growth, SkinPen Microneedling reduces visible acne or post-surgical scars in as little as a few treatments.

 

 

Tightens Pores

Enlarged pores are a common issue. SkinPen Microneedling reduces the appearance of enlarged pores for a smoother and healthier appearance. As new collagen develops, the skin will naturally appear tighter and smoother, making pores less noticeable and smaller in appearance. This is just another example of SkinPen Microneedling improving the skin’s overall texture.

 

Pairs Well with Other Procedures

SkinPen is a versatile treatment option which pairs well with other procedures. As desired, platelet rich plasma (PRP) can be applied to the skin after a SkinPen treatment. This is commonly known as a “vampire facial.” Topical Vitamins, exosomes, and bio stimulators (Sculptra) are also beneficial in combination with SkinPen treatment. These topical treatments are more effective after SkinPen, as the micro-channels created during the treatment allow products to reach deeper layers of the skin. Finally, SkinPen can be paired with Botox to enhance the anti-aging effects and rejuvenate the skin.

 

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about SkinPen Microneedling alone or in combination with other treatments, schedule a consultation with Olga Nazarov, PA-C at Glamour Medical Aesthetics. Call our Miami, FL office at (786) 751-7990 or contact us online to set up your first appointment.

Botox could ease depression in addition to wrinkles, a study finds.

Article by Kristen Rogers, CNN. Updated July 30, 2020

Botox injections may do more than erase the signs of age, or prevent you from feeling painful migraines — they may alleviate depression as well, a new study confirms.

Doctors inject Botox to smooth facial wrinkles and treat health problems such as severe sweating, uncontrollable blinking, chronic migraines, overactive bladders and neurological disorders that cause muscle contractions and pain in the neck and shoulders.

Botox injections may do more than erase the signs of age, or prevent you from feeling painful migraines — they may alleviate depression as well, a new study confirms.

Botox, a drug made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, works by weakening or paralyzing specific muscles or by blocking certain nerves.

More than 264 million people worldwide are suffering from depression. But common treatments for depression aren’t effective for nearly one-third of these people, even when they stick to their treatment plans and tolerate the medications, according to the study, which published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports.

How, and for how long, the treatment might work for depression is unclear, but researchers have thought that Botox may disrupt a feedback loop between negative facial expressions in the glabellar region — behind the skin between the eyebrows and above the nose, where our “grief muscles” are — and negative emotions. Because of this hypothesis, those studies mainly used forehead injections to attempt to treat depression, but were limited in terms of sample size, shaky methodologies, injection sites and mixed results.

To address the limitations of prior studies, the researchers analyzed more than 45,000 reports of adverse events resulting from Botox treatments from the US Food and Drug Administration’s Adverse Event Reporting System. The system supports surveillance of adverse effects of drugs reported by patients, health care professionals and drug manufacturers to the FDA through MedWatch, the FDA’s Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program. They divided patients into eight groups corresponding to the medical symptoms most frequently treated with Botox.

These were:

  • cosmetic use for wrinkles, face lifts, dermal fillers or more
  • migraine
  • limb spasms or spasticity (when muscles stiffen or tighten and prevent movement, speech and walking)
  • neck pain
  • involuntary blinking or spasming of their eyelids
  • excessive sweating
  • excessive drooling
  • neurological and urinary bladder disorders

Each cohort was separated into two groups, in which one group received Botox for their conditions and the other did not. Patients who received Botox injections to treat excessive sweating, facial wrinkles, migraine, spasticity and spasms reported depression 40% to 88% less often than people who underwent different treatments for the same conditions.

“We found that (the effect) doesn’t depend on the location of the injection and it doesn’t depend on the (medical conditions), which are quite diverse for Botox,” said Ruben Abagyan, the lead author of the study and a professor in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, San Diego.

“The implications of that are fascinating because it means that depression can be cured with different (means) and not necessarily by injection in one of the facial muscles, which may be unwanted in some cases,” Abagyan added.

How Cosmetic Changes Might Shift Mood

Although the facial feedback loop hypothesis is a “plausible and substantiated mechanism,” the study said, the findings may suggest that there are other, more complex ways through which Botox might have an antidepressant effect. Botox could be transported to central nervous system structures that are involved in regulating our mood and emotions. A 2019 study found that Botox injections for muscle spasms may go beyond the injection site and affect the opposing muscle groups and reflexes through changing neural activity. “A fraction of that gets into systemic distribution through the bloodstream … and then somehow it gets into the brain and maybe affects different locations” that might be connected to depression, Abagyan said. The interaction between muscles and mood isn’t limited to the facial feedback process.

Muscle tension in various body regions is a common symptom in depression and may be both a physical manifestation of the disorder and a booster of a depressed mood. This is why progressive muscle relaxation, which mentally relaxes a person by tensing and then relaxing their muscles, is an established treatment in the psychiatry field. Depression is associated with increased muscle tone, which describes the maintenance of the partial contraction of muscles. Reduction in muscle tone as a result of Botox injections, which weaken muscles, might counteract depression.

“Imagine that when you get depressed, that not just one location on your forehead — which forms this frown wrinkle — but all the muscles get stressed and constricted,” Abagyan said. “Then there is a distributed muscle memory. By breaking that memory by basically relaxing all of them, you break the feedback between the head and the muscles in this case.” Scientists are one step closer to delaying aging.

Since some of these conditions are chronic and burdensome, they can cause secondary psychiatric problems like depression. If the Botox remedies these problems, that could have led to relief from depression.

“This study makes me wonder if having muscle spasms or sweating may be giving us a physical feeling of depression as well, and by treating this ‘sensation of depression’ we can affect not just a patient’s medical problem (but) their psychological wellbeing as well,” said Dr. Jason Reichenberg, a dermatologist at Ascension Medical Group and an associate professor of internal medicine at the University of Texas at Austin, in an email. Reichenberg wasn’t involved in the study.

The Future of Botox

Since the FDA reporting system is voluntary and open to the public, negative reactions to Botox could have been underreported and biased, the study said. Other details regarding demographics, treatment doses and durations, medical records and other medications or supplements were also limited. Studies of past data can’t establish “a cause-and-effect relationship, but they help us focus our future research,” Reichenberg said. “The results are even more impressive when you realize that the authors removed any patients who were taking antidepressants so as not to be biased; their results may have been even stronger if they had kept that other data in.”

The researchers suggested that Botox injections could be an alternative treatment for those who find no luck with common treatments for depression, and also for those experiencing both chronic conditions and depression.

“If somebody needs to be treated for excessive salivation, spasms or tilted head and they’re depressed at the same time, the discovery shows that (Botox) may be beneficial for both indications,” Abagyan said. “If you can kill two birds with one stone, I think that’s definitely something to consider.”

Depression carries with it dangers such as suicide risk, but so do Botox injections if the doses are disproportionate to what patients can handle, Abagyan said. Additional studies on Botox treatment for depression are needed to understand the potential side effects and ensure it’s a safe path to mental wellness.

 

The Best Lip Enhancement Treatment for You

By Roy Kim, MD, December 21, 2018

Whether you have a “gummy” smile, wrinkles above your lips, downturned corners of your mouth or just want a luscious pout, there is an option to enhance your lips.

Dermal fillers

The most direct way to shape your lips and give them the pout, thickness and size that you want is by placing dermal fillers directly into the lips. These fillers usually last anywhere from 4-10 months. There is definitely a trend toward using other types of dermal filler “off-label” to achieve more structure, shaping and longer-lasting properties. Using hyaluronic acid fillers with different types of crosslinking will allow your lip results to last a little longer, typically 6-12 months.

Fine lines or “smoker’s lines”

If you have fine lines around your upper and lower lips due to age or smoking, there are 2 major ways to reduce the visibility. Dermal fillers, such as Juvederm Volbella or Restylane Silk, can be gently placed into these fine wrinkles to soften and eradicate them. These results will last anywhere from 6-12 months depending on the type of filler used and how quickly your body absorbs dermal filler over time.

Another option to get rid of these fine lines is through skin resurfacing of some kind (chemicallaser, microneedling, radiofrequency and other types of energy). This procedure will cause the skin around your lips to exfoliate, revealing new skin below it that is smoother and has fewer wrinkles.

Regardless of how your skin is exfoliated, this procedure will probably have a longer recovery time than any filler product. The advantage of skin resurfacing is that results will last for months or years, with an occasional need for retreatment.

Whether you have a “gummy” smile, wrinkles above your lips, downturned corners of your mouth or just want a luscious pout, there is an option to enhance your lips.

Neurotoxin injections

“Lip Flip”

If you want a subtle pout in your upper lip but do not want any lip filler, then neurotoxin injected into your upper lip is a great way to achieve this. A small amount of neurotoxin (Botox, Dysport or Xeomin) is carefully injected into the mid-portion of your upper lip, and after several days you will notice a subtle pout form in your upper lip. The neurotoxin works by relaxing the muscles in your upper lip and will give you a small yet noticeable “pout” that is aesthetically pleasing. These results will last about 3-4 months.

“Gummy” smile

It’s important to not feel inhibited or self-conscious when you’re happy and smiling! If you have a fair amount of upper gum showing when you smile, small amounts of neurotoxin can be placed into the upper lip and the skin just above your upper lip to relax the muscles that are pulling the lip up and revealing your upper gum line. After several days, your smile will no longer reveal your gums. This procedure does not affect your ability to smile, but rather allows your upper lip to drop to cover your gums. These results last about 3-4 months.

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