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Hema Sundaram, MA, MD, FAAD
360 Makeover Beautiful Lips and Skin
Sundaram Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery Center
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360 Makeover Beautiful 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, an expert cosmetic surgeon can subtly restore youthful shape and contour to your lips and rejuvenate the surrounding skin with little or no down time, using new procedures that give you superb, natural-looking results and make you look years younger.
As you age, your lips lose volume and become thinner. Volume loss from the skin surrounding your lips flattens your Cupids Bow and causes pucker lines that turn the lips inward and cause a womans lipstick to “bleed.” These pucker lines can be worsened by smoking and habitual waxing of hair from your upper lip. Overactive muscles turn the corners of your mouth downward, so that you appear to be frowning even when you are happy. Scars around your mouth due to acne or other skin problems become more noticeable as your skin ages and loses elasticity. You may notice increased growth of coarse hairs on your upper lip and chin due to hormonal shifts in midlife. Adult acne can also worsen in midlife, causing deep, tender cysts to develop around your mouth and on your chin.
I have recently developed a new technique of rejuvenating your lips with minimal recovery time by combining injections of Perlane and Restylane, which are pure biosynthetic forms of the hyaluronic acid that is naturally present in your skin. The Perlane restores volume to your lips while the Restylane precisely turns out the edges of your lips and restores your Cupids Bow. With this innovative combination of fillers, your lips become naturally fuller with a youthful pout, you usually have little or no swelling and you can return to regular activities immediately.
Minute amounts of Botox can be injected virtually painlessly just beneath your skin to relax the overactive muscles that pucker the skin around your mouth and turn the corners down. This advanced-level technique, which should only be performed by a very experienced cosmetic surgeon, dramatically improves the appearance of your mouth and helps prevent lines from deepening. Botox can also be used to smooth out unwanted chin dimples and wrinkles.
Lux 1540 fractional laser resurfacing and Vitalize chemical peels remove sun spots and stimulate your skin to produce new collagen, fading wrinkles and scars and leaving your skin smooth and lustrous. These breakthrough procedures have minimal recovery time and are more effective than older lasers that left your skin red and raw for weeks.
The newest treatment for acne is to combine sessions of Dermasweep-MD crystal-free, aluminum-free microdermabrasion with acne laser therapy. Dermasweep-MD painlessly polishes your skin and then infuses it with customized natural fruit acids such as salicylic and glycolic acids. Acne laser therapy kills the bacteria that cause acne, giving you a long-term solution to the problem. The StarLux hair laser painlessly and permanently removes unwanted hair. It is safe and effective for skin of all types, from the very fairest to the very darkest.
The most skilled cosmetic surgeons avoid a cookie-cutter approach, and instead formulate an individualized treatment plan using advanced techniques to address your own unique pattern of aging. Other will compliment you on how “naturally beautiful” your lips are, and your mouth will be the stunning centerpiece of your face.

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