What is the anatomy of the lips?
Not only are the lips responsible for eating, they are also very important for proper speech articulation and numerous facial expressions. Compared to other parts of the face which could consist of up to 16 layers of skin, the lips are only made of a meagre 3 to 5 layers of skin. The very thin layer of skin combined with extensive network of blood supply as well as nerve cells underneath contribute to the heightened tactile sensation of the lips. The lips are also a vital erogenous zone, which plays a huge role in intimacy.
What are the common lip deformities faced by patients?
While the shape and size of lips are directly influenced by genetics, lifestyle habits and ethnicity, they can also fluctuate based on age. Most patients notice that their lips thin as they grow older and this could be due to the fact that the ageing process cause a sharp decline in the repair and growth of numerous cells (e.g. hyaluronic acid, collagen, etc.) in the lips. Not only that, smokers tend to develop vertical lines around the perimeter of their lips. This vexing aesthetic problem—usually known as smoker’s lines or lipstick lines—is caused by the frequent puckering movement of the lips while smoking. On the other hand, patients are born with thin and shapeless lips which is equally frustrating. Sometimes, certain medical conditions like cancers and cheilitis can also affect the appearance and functionality of the lips.
How is Restylane used to sculpt the lips?
Patients who are unsatisfied with the shape and size of their lips can undergo non-surgical lip augmentation procedure using dermal fillers. An excellent brand is Restylane, which is composed of cross-linked non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid (NASHA). Restylane Kysse™ has been specifically formulated by Q-Med with 20mg/mL of NASHA and 3% fast-acting lidocaine to volumise, shape, and rehydrate the lip tissue according to the patient’s desired level. The gel is meant to be injected into the submucosal layer of the lips via suitable injection techniques like linear threading, serial puncture, or cross-hatching. Following the lip augmentation procedure, patients are left with a beautifully sculpted pair of lips.
How long does Restylane last in lips?
According to the manufacturer, the injectable gel is able to deliver volumising results for up to 6 to 9 months. This residence time may vary according to the patient’s age, skin condition, health status, and lifestyle options. Once their augmented lips lose their shape and size, patients can always return for maintenance injections.