How does Juvederm process work? (photos)
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Fillers like Juvederm, Perlane and Radiesse are volume fillers that increase the tissue layers that they are injected into. Restylane and Juvederm are meant to be injected within the dermal layers, of the skin to fill in fine lines, wrinkles, folds and the borders of the lips. Juvederm (and Restylane) are made of hyaluronic acid, a natural component of the skin that progressively decreases with age. Hyaluronic acid is the fluid matrix that provides stabilization to the intercellular spaces that contain collagen and elastic fibers. Hyaluronic acid has the capacity to bind large quantities of water and keeps the skin firm and moisturized. The results, when Juvederm is expertly injected, should always look natural. However, your results will always depend upon the skill and experience of your physician injector.
Gummy smile correction with Botox and timing for possible additional volumization of the upper lip
Lip augmentation may not be the best way to reduce a gummy smile. Botox and oral surgery are other options available
To give you a bit about my background – I’m a Board-certified cosmetic surgeon and Fellowship-trained oculofacial plastic surgeon, practicing in Manhattan and Long Island for over 20 years. In my practice, we use fillers every day to help people with the lip aesthetics, so I’ve certainly had a lot of experience using all kinds of fillers.
Now, based on your photo, you still seem to be quite young, so I would caution you against a lip augmentation strategy to address your concern. It can be quite easy, particularly in younger people, to overdo the appearance of the lip. In such cases where this occurs and the proportionality of the lips is thrown off, it can look very artificial.
It’s important to keep in mind that the way filler responds on you is going to be individual. While there are certain rules in terms of the spectrum of least to most viscous fillers and how they react when injected, there is still a wide variability in results.
I’d also like to point out that there is also a difference between treating a woman in her 40s with lip fillers in order to restore the outline of the lip, restore volume, and address lines around the lips, and treating a younger person who is trying to use lip augmentation to fix something else entirely.I think it would not work out well in terms of the overall aesthetics.
In fact, in cases such as yours wherein there is a need to make one’s smile less gummy, Botox is a conservative option that you can considerand could be done a couple of times a year.
I recommend you meet with experienced doctors who specialize in fillers and learn about your options, both surgical and non-surgical. You may also want to consider meeting with an oral surgeon, as I think the gummy smile situation may have something to dowith the way the teeth are set in terms of the jaw and the jaw bones. Ultimately, I think it would be better for a gummy smile to be treated directly, rather than indirectly by means of lip augmentation.
I hope that was helpful and I wish you the best of luck!
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