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

Lip enhancement has gained notoriety in recent years due to recurrent images in the media of celebrities with grossly enlarged “trout pouts.” However, when lip enhancement is done properly, it is stunningly beautiful and can transform your whole face.

The key is to see an expert dermatologist or plastic surgeon who can subtly restore youthful shape and contours to your lips and rejuvenate the surrounding skin with little or no down time. New procedures can give you superb, natural-looking results and make you look years younger.

As we age, our lips lose volume and become thinner. Volume loss from the skin surrounding 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 in midlife. Adult acne can also worsen in midlife, causing deep, tender cysts to develop around the mouth and chin.

A new technique of lip rejuvenation is to gently inject Volbella, Belotero or Restylane Silk, which are innovative, softer fillers, combined with injections of Voluma, Restylane or Juvederm to support the areas around the mouth. These fillers are all pure biosynthetic forms of the hyaluronic acid that is 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-looking results.

This innovative combination of fillers creates fuller lips with a youthful pout. 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 a new European technique that can eliminate or minimize bruising.

Tiny amounts of Botox, Dysport, 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 advanced-level technique, which should only be performed by a very experienced dermatologist or plastic surgeon, can dramatically improve appearance and help prevent lines from deepening.

To get your skin in shape, one hot laser for summer is Ulthera, which non-surgically lifts and re-contours the jaw line and neck, cheeks, and brows in just one session with no down time, and can also be used to 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. The 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. It 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 long-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 an expert in the latest techniques and understands how to combine them to make you look your best for summer.

Dermatologists and 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 safely.

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