Gravity is the force that keeps us on the ground, so we’re not free-floating in the air. While gravity is great for society, it doesn’t do much for the appearance of our skin, especially as we get older. Even our lips can’t fight off the effects of gravity.
At YCO Facial Plastic Surgery in Encinitas, California, Mario Yco, MD, offers both nonsurgical and surgical treatments to enhance the appearance and health of your lips, so they can look fuller and younger.
Gravity is the ultimate lip downer
The same gravity force that keeps you on the floor also pulls down the skin on your body and face. You may see that your lips and the skin around your mouth begin to sag more noticeably.
The effects of gravity can become more apparent as you get older and your body slows down its production of collagen and elastin, two essential skin proteins. The loss of these proteins can dry out the skin in your lips and cause them to lose their youthful fullness.
When you combine the effects of gravity with the effects of aging, the appearance of your lips may leave you feeling unhappy or less confident in how you look.
Nonsurgical lip augmentation
To fight off the effects of gravity, we offer nonsurgical lip augmentation services. Dr. Yco customizes a treatment plan to enhance the fullness of your lips and help them look young and firm.
Lip augmentation involves the use of fillers that Dr. Yco injects into specific areas of your lips to improve their shape and restore their fullness. He can also address the sagging skin around your mouth during the same appointment.
Available fillers include:
Restylane Kysse and Revanesse Lips
These are hyaluronic acid fillers that add volume to your lips and improves their shape with natural-looking results.
Belotero Balance® is a hyaluronic acid filler that smooths vertical lines around your lips to enhance your overall facial appearance and give you a younger-looking smile.
RHA (Resilient Hyaluronic Acid)
RHA is an injectable filler that smooths parentheses lines around your mouth to reverse the effects gravity has on your lower face.
Dr. Yco also specializes in fat transfer injections, a procedure in which he removes fat cells from one part of your body and injects them into your mouth to plump and firm your lips.
To address more serious skin sagging that isn’t treatable with nonsurgical procedures, Dr. Yco can determine if you’re a candidate for a lip lift, or corner of mouth lift.
Surgical lip lifts
A lip lift is a surgical procedure that can elevate your upper lip to reverse the downward tug of gravity. During a lip lift, Dr. Yco will shorten the distance between your upper lip and nose to create a more symmetrical and youthful look.
The result of the lift gives your lips a fuller appearance. The procedure can also create a more youthful aesthetic to your overall face to increase your self-confidence and satisfaction with your appearance.
Dr. Yco performs lip lifts in-office and uses minimally invasive techniques to minimize your risk for scarring. He can also perform the lift with a facelift or other plastic surgery procedures.
If you want to see what can be done to help you battle back against the effects of gravity, call 760-944-4211 or book an appointment online with YCO Facial Plastic Surgery today.