Restylane for lip augmentation is a non-invasive way to improve the shape and fullness of the lips. In the hands of good injectors who have profound understanding of the beauty tenets and facial proportions, the technique can provide natural-looking results.
Dr. Tarick Smiley, one of the eminent Los Angeles plastic surgeons, has demonstrated how Restylane for lip augmentation can provide symmetric and natural-looking results, which were recently posted on his Snapchat.
Restylane, Dr. Smiley said, is formulated with hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance that gives the skin its “youthful plumpness and glow.” Aside from enhancing the lips, this type of FDA-approved filler or “volumizer” also works in age-induced facial lines and hollowness of the face.
While Restylane is a biocompatible filler and thus the risk of rejection is almost zero, it comes with a caveat: The body breaks it down gradually and so results only last 4-6 months, although when used as a lip augmentation the effects may be slightly shorter because the lips are always moving.
Less mobile areas such as the nasolabial folds or laugh lines tend to break down Restylane slower and so the results can last up to six months.
Because Dr. Smiley’s utmost priority was to create natural-looking results from Restylane, he first injected the lips border to improve their contour before giving them additional volume.
To further ensure natural results and avoid the “dreaded duck lips,” he made sure that the lower lip would appear bigger than the upper lip. One of the most common traps is making their size the same, or worse, the upper lip appears hugely disproportionate, a “look” which does not occur naturally.
Dr. Smiley said that respecting the pre-existing contours of the lips is the key to achieve natural results.
During lip augmentation, Dr. Smiley also used a vibrating device he placed adjacent to the injection site to “trick the brain so it would not feel the prick of the needle and instead focus on the vibration,” thus ultimately reducing patient discomfort.
His technique is backed by science. According to a recent study, the use of vibration device during lip augmentation provides analgesic effects, with 92 percent of patients saying they experienced significantly less pain with the addition of vibration.