Has Valentine’s Day got you wishing that you had fuller lips to plant a smooch on your sweetheart? A full, plump pucker is something that many women desire. Unfortunately, there isn’t a way to achieve it without a little help from your cosmetic surgeon. When you visit Perfection Plastic Surgery and Skin Care for an overview of your lip enhancement options, you’ll have a variety to choose from. So, you can see the plumping effects you want while keeping your budget and personal preferences in mind.

Why Your Lips Lose Fullness Over Time

Even if you once had a plentiful pout, you may notice that your lips have become thinner and less defined over time. This happens for the same reason that you may begin to see wrinkles and fine lines set in on other parts of the face: Collagen depletion. The lips see a higher level of localized collagen depletion than other areas of the face. So, changes in the lip structure may be very clear, even before other signs of aging make their appearance.

Environmental factors can also accelerate collagen loss in the lips. For example, sun damage can accelerate loss of volume and fullness in the lips. To maintain fuller lips as you get older, you should use a lip balm with SPF protection and keep your lips well-moisturized. However, if the damage is already done—or if you never had very full lips to begin with—there are solutions you can explore with Dr. Peter Kay.

Surgical Care

If you are considering liposuction along with lip enhancement, you might opt for fat transfer for fuller lips. This procedure uses your body’s own fat to plump areas of the face, such as the lips or sunken cheek bones. First, you will undergo liposuction in your desired areas. Then, fat is medically prepared for injection into the lips. Finally, the injection will take place. It’s very similar to receiving a dermal filler in the lips. However, the procedure uses your own fat, which reduces any risk of infection or rejection of the tissue. In addition, it also yields a very natural appearance with minimal downtime. Alternatively, fat transfer surgery is costlier than dermal fillers and may take multiple treatments to achieve desired results.

Non-Surgical Treatment

The most popular treatment option to create fuller lips is non-surgical treatment with dermal fillers. Both Juvederm VOLBELLA® XC and Juvederm Ultra XC are approved for use in the lips. These dermal fillers have a thick gel consistency. Therefore, they stay within the intended treatment area for a natural looking result. Unlike collagen injections of the past, Juvederm fillers are not likely to produce an adverse allergic reaction in the body. Juvederm also yields more predictable treatment results with very few side effects. Fuller lips will last for about 3-6 months after your treatment, and you can continue to receive Juvederm on a regular schedule to keep up your results.

At-Home Treatment  

If you’re not ready to make big changes with surgery or dermal fillers, you can still benefit from professional skincare products available at Perfection Plastic Surgery and Skin Care. Colorscience® Pep-Up Concentrate utilizes a tri-peptide formula in a liquid crystal base to firm and plump the delicate lip tissue. Alternatively, the SkinMedica® HA5® Smooth & Plump Lip System offers a 2-part application that has been clinically shown to increase volume in the lips. These products are ideal if you are not as concerned about immediate results and want to see gradually fuller lips over time. In addition, they can help you maintain more volume in the lips to offset the future need for dermal fillers or cosmetic surgical care.

To schedule a skincare consultation with Dr. Kay at Perfection Plastic Surgery and Skin Care, call us at (520) 323-7100. Through February, we are offering 25% off all eye and lip products in our store. Now is the time to achieve your goals for fuller lips.