Cosmetic surgeons have mastered the broad strokes of facial rejuvenation. While there are continually new advancements in facelift surgery, the true cutting edge of cosmetic surgery lies in the subtle touches – slight features that reveal the signs of aging. In particular, one of the most exciting developments has been the emergence of new lip rejuvenation techniques.
In general, facelift surgery is unable to treat wrinkles around the mouth, and cannot restore volume lost to the aging process. However, there are a variety of techniques – some new, some old – which can restore the lustre of your lips. They fall into two categories: some add volume, while others erase wrinkles.
Restoring Volume to Your Lips
It’s natural for people to lose volume in their lips as they get older. To restore the appearance of full, luscious lips, nonsurgical dermal fillers are often the best option. These injectable fillers work by adding volume to the skin, and typically last up to six months. The results can be maintained with regular touch-up treatments. Some of the most popular dermal fillers include Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, and Sculptra.
There are also surgical procedures which can offer more long-lasting results. Facial implants and fat grafting are both able to restore volume and definition to the lips.
Erasing Wrinkles Around the Lips
Small wrinkles or damaged skin above the upper lip can usually be treated without the need for surgery. A chemical peel works by removing the skin’s top layer, and is able to diminish the appearance of sun damage, uneven pigmentation, and wrinkles. A laser treatment can also work wonders, by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth.
To maintain the appearance of your lips, you should follow the same basic rules that apply to the rest of your skin. Over the long run, avoiding undue sun exposure and following a comprehensive skincare routine can work wonders.