Lips Sherman Oaks
Non-surgical Lip Augmentation is one of the most sought out procedures in the cosmetic industry. Whether you’re looking to plump up the volume, correct asymmetry or restore smoothness to your lips by diminishing lines and wrinkles – Cosmetic Injectables Center has a solution for you! Depending on your unique anatomy & goals, we have a variety of treatment options available to suit your needs including in injectables such as Dermal Filler, Botox, and Collagen Building modalities such as Threads, Microneedling & Lasers. We recommend booking a consultation with one of our Lip Experts today to see what treatment is right for you!
Lip Volume and Shape Enhancement
The most accepted ratio for natural looking lip proportion is a 1/3 upper lip to 2/3 lower lip ratio, except for African Americans where a 1to 1ratio is more common. In younger individuals, the lip border and philtrum column are usually well defined and injecting them can create a protruded “duck” appearance.
As we get older, we lose the definition of the lips and the “white roll” around them. Enhancement in these areas as well as the cupids bow can have a natural outcome without the overdone look. These general rules of thumb are modified for each individual based on lip shape, firmness, and desired results. Please see one of our master injector nurses for a more individualized recommendation. One of the most popular cosmetic procedures for people of all ages is the enhancement of lips. From teenage girls to older women, well shaped and plump lips are one of the most desired facial features today. Luckily, there are many options available for enhancing the volume and shape of your lips. The key is to identify the right option for you to ensure you get the results you are looking for, without spending too much.
Shape and Volume Enhancement Using Fillers
A lot of people are fearful of lip enhancement because they’ve seen too many un-natural looking results. We understand and couldn’t agree more. It takes a keen eye to decide on the right type of filler, amount needed, and to correctly place it in each individual lip shape to achieve the patient’s desired shape, volume, and outcome. Lip fillers, such as Perlane/Restylane, Juvederm®, Radiesse®, Artecoll, Aquamid, Bio-Alcamid, Bovine Collagen, Human Collagen,Particulated Dermis,Porcine Collagen and others can all be used to enhance the shape and volume of lips. Your provider will select the right one for your budget and goals. Some fillers last longer, while others dissolve much more quickly so it’s important to consider your budget and specific goals, including how often you may want to inject additional filler.
Shape and Volume Enhancement Using Botox
Yes, you read that correctly! This procedure, also known as a Lip Flip is quickly becoming one of the most popular procedures available. A small amount of Botox can be used to not only diminish and prevent lip lines, but to volumize the lip size.
As explained above, Botox in this area has pros and cons.
Botox Lip Flip Pros: The pros to this procedure are that it can act as “speech therapy” to teach us to speak without over-utilizing these muscles (this can have long term benefits), it is inexpensive (minimal units of botox are necessary), it decreases the lip lines, and it also has a volumizing effect on lip size & shape.
Botox Lip Flip Cons: The cons are that the muscle effect only lasts about 6 weeks, it can make the lips feel a little bit numb (pronouncing the letters B and P will be softer), and that drinking from a straw will be difficult (which can actually be considered a benefit).
Lip Lines Treatment Options
Lip Lines, also known as “Smoker’s Lines” can be treated without surgery. This should be some text about lip lines, what they are, what causes them and maybe why many people want to eliminate them.
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Botox for Lip Lines
Injection of small amounts of Botox into the muscles around the lips relaxes them. Since much of lip lines are due to hyperactivity of the Orbicularis Oris muscle (responsible for pursuing the lip around a straw, or cigarette), the decreased lip contraction can help soften the creases and avoid the etching of the folding lines into the skin.
The pros to this procedure are that it can act as “speech therapy” to teach us to speak without over-utilizing these muscles (this can have long term benefits), it is inexpensive (minimal units of botox are necessary), it decreases the lip lines, and it also has a volumizing effect on lip size & shape.
The cons are that the muscle effect only lasts about 6 weeks, it can make the lips feel a little bit numb (pronouncing the letters B and P will be softer), and that drinking from a straw will be difficult (which can actually be considered a benefit).
Filler for Lip Lines
Another option for treating lip lines is by injecting filler. Lip lines can be treated either by injecting them directly (using soft thin fillers such as Restylane silk or Volbella) or by enhancing the body or border of the lips (using thicker fillers). Our injectors can help assess your unique lips to determine which product and which placement will achieve the results you are looking for.
Variety of Lip Augmentation options for Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. Conveniently located in Sherman Oaks, we prove Lip Filler Treatments for patients in Encino, Van Nuys, Studio City, North Hollywood, Woodland Hills, Canoga Park and more.
Treating Lip Lines by Stimulating Collagen
Thickening and firming up the skin is treating the actual problem as opposed to camouflaging it. However, this is the slowest process of all alternatives.
Since we cannot yet inject elastin and collagen into the outer layer of the skin, we need to stimulate the skin to reproduce these proteins.
Novathread treatments are a great non-invasive solution for those wanting to lift and firm the skin before the need for facelift surgery. Novathreads work by stimulating collagen deep beneath the skin by inserting sutures made up of polydioxanone. These sutures have been used in surgery for more than 60 years and are one of the safest materials that can be placed in the skin. Depending on the desired outcome there are a number of different threads available.
Smooth: have no barbs and serve to stimulate collagen and create firmness. They are perfect for treating wrinkled, crepey skin anywhere on the body.
Twist are similar to smooth but twisted around the needle, covering more surface area making them effective for deeper lines between the eyebrows, nasolabial folds, marionette lines & under the eyes.
Barbed have thorn-like projections from the thread in one, two or three different directions that lift and pull back the skin to create firmness by stimulating collagen. Barbed threads are great for lifting sagging skin in areas such as the jowls, jawline and neck to bring back a structured contour to your face.
Microneedling uses a needle pen to penetrate the skin. By doing so, it helps to reduce hyper-pigmentation by breaking up the pigment below the skin surface. Microneedling is also a great treatment for reducing fine lines and wrinkles, loose skin, skin texture, pore size and brown spots.
Laser Genesis involves a special laser that uses micropulse technology to target a variety of skin conditions. It heats the upper dermis, which is a layer that’s deep under the surface of the skin and promotes the growth of collagen, a protein that helps keep our skin looking young. We recommend 4-6 treatments to receive optimal results.
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Enhancing Lip Corners
Marionette lines – These are the lines that extend from the corners of the lips towards jaw line. They are not just corner of the mouth. (Corner Of The Mouth) are long vertical wrinkles that traverse fromthe corners of the lips to the chin.
The name is derived from Marionette puppets that have faces with long vertical creases. These creases could give a grim or sad look to the face. These lines occur with age, smoking and genetics and can progress to form jowls later on.
It is possible to lift these corners with dermal filler by adding volume and anchoring the corners higher up. Procedure time is only 5 minutes.
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Lifting Corners with Filler
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Procedure time is around 30 minutes and there is no downtime. Results are immediate and Corner Of The Mouth Filler will typically last 10-12 months. Possible mild injection-site swelling and bruising.
Lifting Corners with Botox
Muscles that pull the corner of the lips down can be relaxed to result in a lifting of the lip corners. Gravity is already pulling the corners of the lips down.
By relaxing these muscles, you won’t have additional musclescpulling the lips down. This is a common procedure that usually has no impact on speech. The dose of botox in this area can range between 1to 5 units on each side.
The choice to use Botox for lifting lip corners vs. using lip filler is dependent on many factors, including the shape of your lips, your individual goals as well as your budget. Oneo of our injection professionals can help you make this decision so you make the best choice for your lips.
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Smile Lines AKA Nasolabial Folds
As we age, our skin loses collagen, fat, elastin, hyaluronic acids, and hydration. The deflation in our face results in a loss of the scaffolding that once held the skin up in place. This causes the skin to loosen and roll down over our nasolabial region. The additional loss of fat in the nasolabial region exacerbates the appearance of these shadows in the area which makes the face look tired and drooped.
Depending on patient anatomy, different filler products can be placed strategically to either refill volume loss in the nasolabial folds, or to aid reduce the folds by filling the cheeks/upper mid face and pulling the cheeks and folds back back up. Thicker fillers such as Voluma, Restylane Lyft, and Radiesse can be used to lift the cheeks up, Medium thick fillers such as Juvederm Ultra Plus, Restylane Defyne, Versa, and RHA 4 are used to fill in deeper lines, and thinner fillers such as Vollure, Restylane L and RHA 3 are used to fill shallow lines. For very superficial wrinkling/etching in the skin, ultra thin fillers such as Volbella, Restylane Refyne, Restylane Silk, RHA 2, and Belotero can be used.
Pros: Instant results (visible immediately after injection), long longevity (lasts about 1-2 years depending on type of filler), no speech effects, it’s instantly reversible when hyaluronic acid products are used
Cons: There is a vital artery in the area (angular artery) that needs extra attention to avoid being injected into. Experience and training are extremely important for treatment of fillers in this area. Also, if filler is used incorrectly, it can over-volumize the area of injection and impact the smile. Our injectors can help assess your unique anatomy to determine which product and which placement will achieve the results you are looking for.
Cost: $450-$850 depending on the type and amount of filler used.
Longevity: Lasts about 1-2 years.
Pain: Tolerable, mild discomfort, but with the use of anesthesia modalities ranging from ice to numbing cream to even nitrous gas, the discomfort can be reduced to 1-2 or even zero. There’s also anesthesia mixed in with filler products which makes the procedure more comfortable.
Procedure Time: Numbing time depends on the modality used, but the procedure itself takes about 5 minutes.
Frequency: Every 1-2 years depending on the type of fillers used. Vollure lasts about 18 months, while most other fillers last about 1 year.
Barbed PDO Threads (ie Barbed Novathreads)
Barbed PDO Threads can be used to lift the skin up and pull it back to reduce the appearance of smile lines.
Pros: Instant results
Cons: Cannot be instantly reversed with an enzyme, the way fillers can be. However, they do breakdown over 6 months
Cost: about $250 to $300 per thread, packages are usually available
Longevity: The thread lasts about 6 months, but the collagen that is created lasts about 2 years.
Pain: Minimal, especially due to the use of cannulas and with local anesthesia. Some discomfort might be present for a few days after procedure.
Procedure Time: About 15 minutes
Frequency: Every 6 months or more frequently if additional results are desired.
Smooth PDO Threads (ie Smooth Novathreads)
Smooth Threads induce collagen when inserted into the nasolabial folds and help decrease lines. They differ from barb threads in that they are usually thinner. They also do not have barbs and hence do not have the ability to pull skin up. They work by inducing collagen production and firmness of the skin. Therefore, their placement differs from Barb threads. Also, the lack of barbs makes them less expensive.
Pros: Less risk associated with nearby arteries. Stimulates your own collagen production which can last 2 years.
Cons: Not as effective as fillers in visible change. More of a prevention type procedure.
Cost: $30-$40 per thread.
Longevity: The thread lasts 6 months, but the resulting collagen can last 2 years.
Pain: Minimal, especially with the use of cannulas and local anesthesia. Usually there’s not much discomfort after the procedure.
Procedure Time: About 15 minutes.
Frequency: Every 6 months or more frequently if additional results are desired.