As people age, they lose volume in their face. This is no more so than in the lips. This can lead to a more aged, less youthful appearance. One of the options for addressing this problem is to have filler injected into the lips to restore their natural volume. Filler can be injected either into the lip body or around the periphery of the lips (know technically as the vermilion border). We find that a small amount of botox in the area just above the lip on either side can improve the appearance of vertical lines (known as smokers’ lines) which often accompany loss of lip volume. I find this is a nice combination treatment in older patients. It is not required in our younger patients who simply want a little bit of extra volume.
When deciding on a practitioner for a lip filler procedure, it is important to consider several factors:
1) What product the injector uses
At Array we only use FDA approved hyaluronic acid fillers. These are very safe, highly tested fillers that are easily moulded to avoid lumps. Results typically last 6-12 months.
2) The expertise of the practitioner providing the treatment
Lip fillers have had some bad press in the past as some unscrupulous injectors have injected far too much volume, resulting in the dreaded ‘trout pout’ look. The doctors at Array have the skills to improve lip volume while maintaining the natural contour of the lips and avoiding an overinflated look. When I treat lips I strive to maintain a patient’s natural lip shape, less is more for this treatment as more volume can always be added if the initial treatment does not produce the desired result!