Lip augmentation using injectable filler adds volume and shape to the lips.
Lip augmentation using injectable filler might be right for you if:
You want to enhance their appearance.
Your lips have thinned out and you want them to look fuller.
Your lips have lost definition.
You have wrinkles around your mouth AKA “smoker’s lines” or “the bar code”.
Woman have wanted plump lips since ancient times. Since the early 20th century in the United States various methods have been used to achieve this but most of the attempts were unsuccessful and even dangerous. Silicone injections started to become popular in the 1960’s but turned out to have several hazards including forming granulomas and other reactions. Bovine (cow) collagen injections were used starting in the 1980s, but required a skin text weeks before treatment. Also the results didn’t last very long.
Now, injectable hyaluronic acid fillers are available which are require no skin testing and give instant smooth, beautiful results that can last for 6 months.
Celebrities and Lip Augmentation
The influence of celebrities in the entertainment world has people clamoring for perfectly plump lips. Think Angeline Jolie! Another huge factor is the enormous use of selfies and social media. Instagram posts showing bee-stung lips has woman everywhere looking to get “that look”.
The lips are probably the most sensual part of the face. Emotionally suggestive, evoking intimacy and secrets – it’s no wonder lip augmentation is so popular. After all, plump, full lips make people look sexier and more attractive.
Understandably, many people are afraid of pain both during lip augmentation and after treatment. When done carefully and correctly the treatment should be completely painless! Dr. Tanne uses topical freeze spray, a combination of local and nerve block injections and a small vibration device to make numbing comfortable and highly effective. Also, instead of needles, she usually uses a blunt cannula to fill the lips, which is more comfortable and results in minimal to no bruising!!! The results are instant with lips that are gorgeous and natural looking.
1. Microneedling with PRP This procedure is amazing. I mean ahhhh-maz-ing. Microneedling uses tiny needles to create micro-channels for smoother tighter skin. We paired with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) which uses your own blood’s growth factors to stimulate new cell and collagen growth. I have seen enlarged pores and acne scars virtually disappear. One treatment will give you desirable results. The procedure is comfortable and non-invasive, not to mention a lot friendlier on the wallet than laser treatments. WATCH DR. TANNE PERFORMING THIS TREATMENT BY CLICKING BELOW: https://instagram.com/p/BRb4purBquX/
2. Retinol Something you can do every night to stop the aging process without spending a lot of money and time in a doctor’s office? Yes please! Why every woman is not on a retinol product is beyond me. This stimulates cell turnover…CELL TURNOVER! That means it takes away the dull, wrinkled, gross dead skin on the surface and replaces it with softer newer, younger looking skin. A gentle but potent blended retinol like our CLMD Enriched Serum will give you softer tighter skin after just a month of use.
3. Neuromodulators How good does a nice non-surgical brow lift sound? If you said YES then get in for a Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin treatment ASAP. Not only do these products soften the forehead and Crow’s feet, but they prevent extreme movement in those area for future wrinkle prevention.
Neuromodulators are purified proteins that are injected into facial muscles, causing relaxation of the muscle. This relaxes the pull on the skin, which relaxes the wrinkles. Neuromodulators are a great first step into the world of non-invasive cosmetic procedures. I mean who wants to be the only woman at brunch not talking about how good their Botox/Dysport/Xeomin looks?
4. Sunscreen Anyone who has ever walked through our front door has gotten the “sunscreen speech”. You already know the sun causes 80% of aging. You know that a DESIGNATED layer needs to be applied daily and even though it says your make-up or day cream contains sunscreen, it still isn’t enough to prevent hyperpigmentation, skin sagging, and wrinkles. How many of you have those three skin conditions on your bucket list? I didn’t think so. The bottom line is as much as we love to see you in the office we rather have you doing one simple extra step in your skin care routine every day, and come in less and less for anti-aging treatments.
As early as your mid- to late-20s and into your 30s, you may start to notice the very first signs of aging, which are usually subtle but still bothersome. What was once a smooth complexion may now be home to small sunspots, crow’s-feet, dark under-eye circles and uneven texture. Instead of letting the signs of aging get the best of you, take matters into your own hands and correct the changes that you’re seeing—you may even be able to prevent them from progressing as you get older with the proper plan of attack.
CROW’S FEET These small fine lines are easy to prevent and even easier to correct. Regular use of a highly moisturizing eye cream helps keep the delicate eye area supple and less prone to lines and wrinkles. To reduce their appearance and prevent new ones from forming, Dr. Tanne can inject the area with Dysport, Botox or Xeomin.
UNDER-EYE BAGS, DARKNESS AND PUFFINESS With age, the area under the eyes becomes dark and puffy. Makeup can help camouflage bags and circles, but injectables and proper skin care can reverse them. Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Restylane, Restylane Silk and Belotero, can fill in hollows to give the illusion of fewer bags. You’ll also want to use retinol and a product with growth factors to thicken thinning skin around the eyes. Another method of treating dark circles is with conservative use of hydroquinone, which may be irritating to some. Chemical peels, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)/FotoFacial,fractional CO2 lasers and eMatrix Sublative Rejuvantion can also help tighten the under-eye area.
HYPERPIGMENTATION Discolored skin can result from a variety of factors. Protecting your skin from the sun with a mineral based sunscreen is important, but in-office procedures and prescription-strength ingredients can make a difference, too. When treating sun spots, the first line of defense is almost always hydroquinone, which stops the production of pigment in its tracks. If your skin is still discolored, your doctor may choose to use a light laser, like IPL/FotoFacial, or a fractional laser, such as CO2RE fractional CO2, for more severe spots.
NASOLABIAL FOLDS If you’re starting to notice lines around your mouth that start at the corner of your nose and extend downwards, those are nasolabial folds, which, if not addressed, may worsen with time. Hylauronic acid fillers like Restylane and Restylane Lyft (previously known as Perlane) are best for filling in these lines, especially among women in their late 20s and early 30s. The next best thing to injectables that doesn’t necessitate the use of a needle are topical products containing hyaluronic acid that temporarily add some volume.
Just because you have lines and wrinkles (and are bothered by them), doesn’t mean you have to live with them. Here are 3 treatments that help reduce their appearance:
Fillers The depth and severity of your lines and wrinkles will dictate what type of filler Dr. Tanne will use. When there is a loss of volume from shrinking of the bone or fat pads, the skin loses its scaffolding and signs of aging such as sagging skin and wrinkles are created. By using volumizing fillers, Dr. Tanne can help slow down the aging process and maintain a natural, youthful appearance for you. Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Restylane, Perlane, Restylane Lyft and Belotero stimulate collagen and add volume to plump wrinkles.Collagen stiimulating fillers, such as Radiesse, work on thick folds and wrinkles and stimulate collagen to fill from the inside out. Volumizing fillers are the key ingredient in maintaining a youthful appearance.
Fractional Lasers Fractional resurfacing lasers, such as our CO2RE fractional CO2 laser, can be used on wrinkled skin that’s the result of sun damage. These lasers work to help lessen the appearance of wrinkles and lines by plumping skin, increasing collagen production and removing the rough, aged outer layer to create a more youthful appearance.
Neuromodulators Injectable toxins (also referred to as “neuromodulators”), like Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin work to smooth out the skin’s surface by temporarily stopping the contraction of the muscles that are responsible for creating wrinkles. Neuromodulators reduce the muscle movement that creates the fold and, over time, often reverse the lines that may already be present in the skin. We recommend Botox or Dysport, Xeomin or Botox when patients start to see a trace of a wrinkle when the face is at rest. This helps prevent etched lines that are more difficult to treat.
Get Radiant Skin with CO2RE CO2 Fractional Resurfacing
Wouldn’t you love to see radiant skin when you look in the mirror? If so, CO2RE CO2 fractional resurfacing is a procedure that you may want to consider trying. This procedure involves using a state-of-the-art carbon dioxide laser treatment to remove layers of skin in order to reduce the appearance of things like fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, hyperpigmentation and scarring. This laser creates small wounds inside the skin, which helps induce healing. CO2RE CO2 fractional resurfacing only targets specific areas of the skin, and the surrounding skin is not damaged.
At Cosmetic Laser MD in Livingston, NJ, we help restore a more youthful appearance and give you radiant, glowing skin with fractional resurfacing. This non-invasive treatment can help give you back your glow in as little as one treatment. Our medical team, led by Susan Stevens Tanne, MD, can help customize a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs. To schedule your consultation, contact Cosmetic Laser MD today.
How Many Treatments Are Needed? The number of treatments can vary depending on the patient. However, many patients are able to get amazing results with just one treatment. For some patients we recommend follow-up treatments in order to maintain their results. It is important to note that the results of CO2 fractional laser resurfacing are not permanent. Most people will need to get another treatment within a few years.
Is This Procedure Painful? Most people do not find this procedure to be uncomfortable. A topical anesthetic is applied before this procedure in order to minimize the discomfort. We can work with you to ensure maximum comfort is sustained throughout the procedure.
Is This Treatment Right For Me? The only way to determine whether CO2 fractional laser resurfacing is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tanne. The best candidates are people who have realistic expectations and are healthy. However, this treatment is not right for pregnant women. It is also not right if you have a history of cold sores.
Side Effects and Recovery It takes several days for the skin to heal. For the first 3 – 5 days, you will need to wear an ointment on your skin which we will provide you with. During this time, you may experience some oozing, bleeding, crusting and dryness. Once your skin peels, you no longer need to use the thick ointment, however diligent use of mineral based sunscreen is essential. We recommend sunscreen from ELTA MD. Your skin will still be pink, however you may wear mineral based foundation at this point. We recommend Oxygenetix. Even though the skin will usually heal within two weeks, it is important to note that some redness may persist for two to three months after the procedure. You will notice a significant improvement in your skin after you have healed completely.
Aftercare To properly recover, it is vital that you to follow all of the instructions recommended by Dr. Tanne. We always recommend that you limit sun exposure in order to help your skin heal faster. You will also need to follow a strict skin care regimen. The net results will be RADIANT SKIN!
We have all seen women with those dreaded “smoker’s lines” around the mouth – those tell-tale signs of aging that are impossible to hide with any type of makeup – THE BARCODE! So what are they, and how can we make them disappear?
Well, smoking and sun damage are the top two reasons for these dreaded lines, but aging causes thinning of the lips in most women, resulting in too much skin above those shrunken lips with no place to go except to causes pleats and folds.
While mineral based sunscreen is the best anti-aging product to prevent damage in the first place, once these lines have etched themselves in, it is time for more aggressive measures.
CO2RE fractional laser skin resurfacing or a series of eMatrix Sublative resurfacing treatments will turn back the clock and erase the deep and shallow lines.
For the still present volume loss due to shrinkage of the underlying fat, injectable fillers restore a youthful fullness to this area.
The third component is to soften the puckering movement that continues to create lines with a small amount of Xeomin or Dysport.
The end result is a smooth, youthful mouth with no sign of that dreaded BARCODE!
Now that 2015 is finally here, it’s time to put your best foot forward and kick it into high gear so that you look your absolute best.
GET ENOUGH SLEEP Sleep does a body good. Not only will you feel better, a good night’s rest will leave you with less darkness and puffiness under your eyes and more evenly toned skin that looks fresh come morning. A good night’s sleep can also prevent unnecessary eating. Try to establish a set bedtime every night and never fall asleep with the television on.
EXFOLIATE ON A REGULAR BASIS Dead skin does nothing for your complexion. In fact, it makes your skin look lackluster and dull and can even make your makeup look muddy. The easiest way to get rid of pore-clogging dead skin is by exfoliating regularly with an exfoliator that’s compatible with your skin type. Treat your skin to the professional version, such as a microdermabrasion or light chemical peel, every four to six weeks.
HYDRATE INSIDE AND OUT When your body is void of water, your skin lacks the moisture it needs to look plump and healthy. Hydration is one of the easiest ways to look instantly younger and better—and it’s simple to do. To properly hydrate your body, make sure you drink at least eight glasses of water per day. To keep your skin looking healthy and full, apply moisturizer both day and night.
TAKE A TRIP TO THE DOCTOR For stubborn lines and wrinkles that require a little extra help, nothing does the job quite like injectables. Botox, Dysport and Xeomin work wonders on getting rid of hard-to-erase lines and wrinkles caused by smiling, laughing and squinting (think those that live around your eyes, between your brows and on your forehead), whereas hyaluronic acid fillers like Restylane, Perlane and Belotero can fill in hollows, wrinkles and folds for a more rejuvenated look. Collagen stimulating fillers such as Radiesse are excellent for restoring volume to the cheeks and also last longer than the hyaluronic acid fillers (about one year). Platelet rich plasma (PRP) such as Selphyl, uses your own platelets to “fertilize” the skin with your own growth factors. This “all-natural” treatment restores elasticity and makes you glow! For a long lasting result, fat transfer is an excellent, all natural way to restore youthful volume.
Choose fillers to fix hollowing in the tear troughs if there is no loose skin. Ideal patients are those who have a depression like a tear trough in the lower lids, had too much fat removed during surgery or are hollow under the eyes. Some physicians prefer fillers (such as Restylane or Belotero Balance) because they are reversible and to not require overcorrection.
Choose fat for longer-lasting results. Your physician will gently remove a very small amount of fat from elsewhere on your body (often the love handles), clean it and then inject it under the eyes for a volumizing effect. Fat can also be used to blend the area between the lower lid and the cheeks.
Choose surgery to correct loose skin or excessive muscle and/or fat in the lids.
Your skin goes through a lot during the day. We unknowingly touch it with our fingers constantly and leave behind dirt, oil and bacteria. On top of that, it’s exposed to the sun, pollution and other factors that can cause damage. All of these combined are a perfect recipe for breakouts and signs of aging like wrinkles. That’s why the break your skin gets while you sleep is so important.
Follow these tips to make sure you wake up with gorgeous skin every day.
1. Get enough sleep This one seems like a no-brainer, but there are still so many that don’t get enough shut-eye. Sleep is especially important because it gives your skin time to recharge. If you don’t get enough sleep, there are both short and long-term consequences. Short term effects can be seen immediately with under eye bags, dark circles and sensitive skin.. These usually go away when the appropriate number of hours of sleep has been met. If someone is constantly not getting enough sleep, it can lead to inflammation and acceleration in aging, resulting in the appearance of wrinkles and even acne.
Additionally, when you don’t get enough sleep you yawn more. When you yawn, your eyes tear up and fluid pools in the eye area causing puffiness.
2. Avoid salty food three to four hours before bedtime Foods that are high in salt lead to dehydration, which is what you want to avoid for your skin while asleep. Salty foods can cause a fluid shift, which results in puffy eyes.
3. Sleep on your back Sleeping with your face directly touching your pillow often leads to lines and creases in the skin, which can become permanent.
While you’re at it, keep your head elevated with at least two stacked pillows to prevent under-eye puffiness. Gravity has to be leveled to avoid puffiness so that fluids are distributed everywhere, not just to one given area.
4. Give your skin a final wipe after you cleanse Cleansing is an absolute must, but to avoid having a little bit of makeup left over, do the following: After you rinse off your cleanser, do a final swipe over the skin with a wipe or soft, damp washcloth. The physical sweep over the skin makes sure that makeup is off. This will give your skin a clean slate to absorb the reparative ingredients that you’re going to use.
5. Use a good moisturizer for your skin type Many forgo moisturizer at night because they want to let their skin “breathe,” but that’s actually a misconception. The concept of your skin breathing is actually incorrect, there are no respiratory systems in your skin. Your skin is like a fish and needs water to live. Without enough moisture, the skin cells dehydrate and skin produces extra oil to compensate causing wrinkles and acne.
When looking for a moisturizer, choose one that doesn’t contain sunscreen. The main goal of sunscreen is to protect skin from UV light, but non-sunscreen moisturizers will typically have a higher concentration of skin-benefiting ingredients.
6. Use an eye cream If there’s any time of day when you absolutely should wear an eye cream, it’s at night. They work better at night because you’re not wearing makeup. That said, be careful not to put them too close to your lash line because your lashes can pick it up and deposit it into the eye, which causes puffiness.
If you have deep lines on and around the eyes, fairly good skin elasticity, are over the age of 40,laser resurfacing is the best option to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the upper eyelids.
What it can’t do: Get rid of loose skin, or lift like surgery would.
What it can do: Stimulate collagen production to give a tightening effect; improve tone & texture
CO2fractional lasers, such as our CO2RE laser,work to stimulate collagen from within to decrease fine lines and also address crepey (not excess) skin around the eyes. Unlike injectables, which can’t be used on the eyelid but just on the outer corners of the eyes, fractional CO2 lasers—they combine the resurfacing power of more traditional CO2lasers with the healing and anti-demarcation benefits of a fractional laser—can be used on both areas to rejuvenate skin that’s laden with both lines and wrinkles.
When used properly and on the right patient, lasers can smooth out some of the lines around the eyes, but not correct significant laxity, hollows or bulging fat pads.
Fractional CO2lasers will also help even out any discoloration around the eyes, like age spots, which may accompany the type of skin that is suitable for this treatment. Lasers work best on surface irregularities from sun damage.
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