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Hema Sundaram, MA, MD, FAAD
New Techniques For Healthy Lips and Skin
Sundaram Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery Center
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New Techniques For Healthy Lips and Skin

For the past year, our focus has been more on our eyes and upper face than what lies beneath our masks. Now, as we look forward to returning to a “new normal”, it may be time to think again about our lips and lower face.

Lip enhancement has become notorious due to media images of celebrities with grossly enlarged “trout pouts.” However, when lips are treated properly, the results are subtle, stunningly beautiful and can transform your whole face. This approach gives you lips that fit your face, rather than “duck lips”!

The key is to see an expert dermatologist or plastic surgeon who knows how to restore youthful lip shape and contours – and, equally importantly, rejuvenate the skin around the mouth with little or no down time. New procedures can give you superb, natural-looking results and make you look more relaxed and healthy.

As we age, our lips lose volume and become thinner. Volume loss from the skin around our lips flattens the Cupid’s bow and causes pucker lines. These can be worsened by smoking, habitual waxing of hair from your upper lip, and even by frequent gum-chewing. Overactive muscles turn the corners of your mouth downward, creating the appearance of frowning even when we are happy.

Scars around the mouth due to acne or other skin problems become more noticeable as the skin ages and loses elasticity. We may also notice increased growth of coarse hairs on the upper lip and chin due to hormonal shifts. Adult acne can also worsen, especially when wearing a mask, causing deep, tender cysts to develop around the mouth and chin.

A new technique of lip rejuvenation, based on expert knowledge of facial anatomy, is to gently inject innovative, softer fillers like Volbella, Belotero or Restylane Silk, in combination with firmer fillers like Voluma, Restylane or Juvederm to support the chin and lower face. These fillers are all pure biosynthetic forms of the hyaluronic acid that’s naturally present in the skin and lost with age. With expert techniques, they restore volume and shape to your lips, precisely turn out the lip borders, and shape the Cupid’s bow. This prevents lipstick bleeding and gives beautiful and natural results.

With the right techniques, there is usually little or no swelling, regular activities can be resumed immediately, and lip enhancement looks completely natural. Injection of fillers with blunt cannulas instead of sharp needles is an advanced European technique that can eliminate or minimize bruising.

Tiny amounts of Botox, Dysport, Jeuveau or Xeomin can be injected virtually painlessly just beneath the skin to relax overactive muscles that pucker the skin around the mouth and turn the corners down. This high-level technique should only be performed by a very experienced dermatologist or plastic surgeon. It can dramatically improve appearance and help prevent lines from deepening.

To get your skin in shape, one hot laser for summer is Ultherapy, which non-surgically lifts and re-contours the jawline and neck, cheeks, and brows in just one session with no down time. Ultherapy can also lift buttocks, knees, arms, skin on the chest and other sagging areas. The Exilis Ultra is a revolutionary laser that simultaneously removes fat and tightens skin in areas such as the jawline, arms, abdomen, waistline, buttocks, thighs and other areas. Exilis Ultra is painless and has no recovery time. It can be combined with laser resurfacing for improvement of wrinkles, discolorations and scars plus skin tightening, with little or no down time. Exilis Ultra can also improve cellulite and stretch marks. Fraxel, CO2RE or eMatrix sublative fractional laser resurfacing, Vitalize and Rejuvenize chemical peels and the ViPeel remove sun spots and stimulate your skin to produce new collagen, fading wrinkles and scars and leaving your skin smoother, tighter and more radiant.

The newest treatment for acne, scarring and fine lines is to combine sessions of Dermasweep-MD, a crystal-free and aluminum-free microdermabrasion, with acne laser therapy. Dermasweep polishes your skin and infuses it with natural fruit acids, while laser therapy kills the bacteria that cause acne, giving you a longer-term solution.

The Gentle YAG hair laser is the most advanced method for rapid and painless removal of unwanted hair. It is safe and effective for skin of all types, from the very fairest to the very darkest. At the same time, it also tightens skin and gives it a beautiful glow.

For best results, select a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon who is expert in the latest techniques and understands how to combine them to make you look your best for summer.

Dermatologists, plastic, oculoplastic and facial plastic surgeons are the only specialists recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties as having achieved the appropriate level of training and qualifications to be performing cosmetic procedures.

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