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Many women want to achieve the perfect pout, plump the lips or otherwise add volume in and around the mouth for a more youthful look. Experts at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) in Vancouver, Canada will discuss both the newest approaches and tried-and-true techniques for rejuvenating the lip and mouth area. Perioral Rejuvenation Fat, Grafts, Fillers, Lasers and Lifts will be moderated by Barry E. DiBernardo, MD, and features panelists Miles H. Graivier, MD, Michael I. Kulick, MD, and George W. Weston, MD.
An old mouth can age the appearance of the face, even after a facelift. Fillers, fat, and neurotoxins can all be used as tools to address this issue and achieve a youthful face. Lasers and lip lifts are also an option for improving the mouths appearance.
Atrophy of the lips, wrinkles around the mouth, and skin discoloration due to sun damage cannot be corrected by a facelift, but various technologies do provide pathways to improve the appearance of the perioral region and reverse the signs of aging, said Dr. Kulick, of San Francisco, CA. Ablative, micro-ablative and non-ablative devices improve the appearance of skin wrinkles, while pulsed light treatments also improve skin discoloration. Combined with lip augmentation, these modalities should be considered as part of treatment alternatives for facial rejuvenation.
While many people are familiar with lip augmentation and lip injections, a lip lift is very different. You can lift lips just as you can lift a face, said Dr. Weston, of Reston, VA. Its also important to remember that bigger is not always better when it comes to lips. Our goal is about achieving total aesthetic harmony in the entire mouth area, as well as the rest of the face.
The appearance of perioral skin and the lip vermilion factor greatly into assessing facial aging. In addition to the latest tools and techniques, panelists will also review methods for evaluating the lip and mouth area to create an optimal rejuvenation plan and achieve results that please both the patient and plastic surgeon.
The lips and the lip lines are troubling areas that effect women of all ages, said Dr. Graivier of Roswell, GA. New comparison scales for lip aesthetics and volume, as well as other methods of lip and wrinkle evaluation, are yielding better patient and physician understanding of goals and results.”
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