The lips are a sensuous feature that outline your smile and impact the balance of your face. When lips are too thin or the top lip is too long, it can impact the beauty and youthfulness of the face. Lip lift surgery, or lip augmentation, can reform the lips to the desirable shape and fullness. Dr. John Anastasatos is a top international plastic surgeon who offers lip lift and augmentation at his clinics in Athens, Greece, and Beverly Hills, CA.
What makes perfect lips? Like most features, it depends on the person. Lips and the mouth should be balanced with the face. Full lips, but not protruding, is usually desired. Soft, but not with sagging corners or lines around the lips. Many women prefer the “Cupid’s bow” on the top lip, but not everyone is born with the same shape. Lip lifts, volume enhancements and reshaping surgeries can create the lips you desire to make the most of your smirk, smile and pout.
Anti-Aging Lip Lifts
One of the reasons patients seek lip plastic surgery is due to aging. The lips are prone to losing volume and becoming thinner with age. A “long” upper lip is one sign of aging. The space between the nose base and upper lip seems to expand and the pink of the upper lip nearly disappears. The upper lip can cover the upper teeth, changing the smile. A lip lift can reduce a long upper lip. The incision is made at the columella, or base of the nose, lifting the lip a few millimeters higher.
Other aging lip effects are a downturn at the corners of the lips. This can make a person look sad or upset when their face is relaxed and start marionette lines that travel from the lips down the chin. A corner lip lift can give the lips a more youthful and pleasant appearance.
Lip Volume Enhancements
Many people want more volume in their lips. Some people are born with thin lips, and others lose fat in the lips as they age, creating flatter, wrinkled lips. Lip volume enhancements are very popular with women to create full, voluptuous lips. Dr. Anastasatos offers both surgical lip enhancement for fuller lips and injections that can temporarily add more volume.
For permanent volume lip augmentation, fat transfer, grafting or injections are the best option. This procedure harvests fat from another area of the body through liposuction and transfers it to the lips. This is the longest lasting lip augmentation, using your own fat tissue to give your lips more volume.
Dermal fillers are a popular option for increasing lip volume or erasing lip wrinkles. Most use hyaluronic acid to plump the lips. The benefit of facial filler injections for lip enhancement is that the results are immediate, and the procedure is non-invasive. Dr. Anastasatos can perform a lip injection in a quick office visit. However, most fillers only last several months, so the procedure would need to be repeated to maintain the results.
Reshaping Lip Surgery
Do you want a more defined Cupid’s bow on your upper lip or want to reduce the size of your lips? Not all lip plastic surgery is used to add volume or to combat aging. If you are unhappy with the shape or size of your lips, Dr. Anastasatos can discuss the various lip surgeries or treatments that can create the lips you desire.
The perfect lips for your face can help improve your self-confidence and appearance. If you want to explore lip enhancement or lip lift surgery, contact the office of Dr. John Anastasatos in Athens, Greece, or Beverly Hills, CA.