Whether you have fine lines around your mouth from sun damage, aging or animation, or just from how you are genetically determined, these lines may be treated in various ways with the latest technologies at Vanek Plastic Surgery.
Lip enhancement can be performed with a host of fillers, including surgical implants that use Alloderm or silicone implants. The most efficient way, for which results typically last about a year, is to use hyaluronic acid. The main agents that I have found to work best for my patients are Volbella and Juvederm. Each has its own characteristics and benefits, which can be discussed in detail during our consultation. My practice also offers Restylane, which works marvelously for patients with lip lines.
For a woman who has already experienced one of these short-acting fillers, and wants longer-term results, she can choose an agent such as Voluma. In our consultation, we can also discuss the longest duration filler, using your own autologous fat. This would be accomplished with a minor surgical procedure, harvesting fat from an area of your body where you don’t want it to be, and placing it immediately into your lips and/or other facial areas.
Fine wrinkling around the mouth can also be treated with laser resurfacing, using Sciton Erbium technology. Erbium laser resurfacing at certain depths has a healing time of between 3 to 7 days. Combining this with Erbium Profractional XC Laser can give a more robust remodeling of deep wrinkles around the mouth. Wrinkles (rhytids) have a depth of the skin that can be plumped with volume enhancing agents by injection or physiologically-altered with the addition of lipo-filling, using autologous fat. Due to the nature of an aging mouth, many patients choose to have laser resurfacing when they receive filler from a syringe or autologous fat. The recovery time for laser resurfacing is based upon your clinical examination during your consultation. Dr. Vanek will guide you as to how long he thinks it will take to resolve your wound healing and pinkness. These can be readily covered by makeup at about 3 to 5 days post-surgery.
One recommended treatment that I designed is called a “Mentor Peel,” which combines a light laser peel with Erbium Laser and Profractional Laser. Patients usually are healed on the 3rd day post-treatment. Combining a Mentor Peel with volume injections with hyaluronic agents can be very effective at giving a very long term texture change to the skin. Once the hyaluronic acid agent (Restylane, Juvederm or Volbella) is metabolized, it can easily be added in a simple procedure over a long term period.