Lip Enhancement, Lip Augmentation, and Correction of a Gummy Smile

Lip Enhancement  or Lip Augmentation

Voluminous and symmetrical lips have become a hallmark of beauty. The mouth changes as a person ages due to gravity and the loss of elasticity in the skin. The upper lip lengthens and sags, the corners of the mouth droop, the curvature of the lips diminish, and the “cupid’s bow” loses definition. The lower teeth, rather than upper teeth, show when the lips are slightly parted. Furrows in the nasolabial folds, often called “parentheses”, as well  as deep “marionette lines” give a person a down turned and sad appearance. Lip enhancement or lip augmentation creates fuller, plumper lips, restores symmetry when necessary, and can reduce unsightly wrinkles around the mouth.

Lip enhancement or lip augmentation can be achieved by injecting the lips with a bio-compatible dermal filler.  One injection is usually sufficient to produce the desired result, however repeat treatments once or twice a year are often necessary to maintain results.

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Lip Augmentation with filler. Juvederm Ultra was used to enlarge the lips but keep them in proper harmony.

Lip Lift

A lip lift is an effective technique used to enhance or restore a patient’s lip shape. The lip lift shortens the length of the aging upper lip. It also enhances the curvature and appearance of the upper lip vermilion, thus making the lips appear more plump and youthful. The lip lift procedure can also correct congenital asymmetry or “unevenness” of the lips. The scar that is placed in the natural shadow crease between the nostril and the lip is virtually undetectable.

Fillers can also be used to enhance the cheeks, similarly to an implant, or just to add volume to a deflated face.  Also, the jawline can be better defined, giving a firmer, more youthful profile.

Fine lines and deep wrinkles can also be filled to give you a natural younger look without surgery or scars.

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Surgical Liplift. This is 1 week after surgery. The patient also had filler to her face as well as a forehead reduction. There is no filler in her upper lip--the fullness is a result of the liplift.


Correction of a Gummy Smile or Asymmetrical Smile

Your smile should be one of the most attractive things about you. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Some people have excessive amounts of their gums showing when they smile.  This is known as a "gummy smile."  This can lead to feeling self conscious and inhibited. People with this issue often avoid social situations that may involve laughing orthey might avoid family photos, or at least feel self conscious about smiling in photos.

There are several causes of a Gummy Smile.  One of these is an overactive muscle in the upper lip, and doesn't involve the gums or teeth at all. This can be easily corrected. Dr. Aharonov is one of only a fewPlastic Surgeons who specialize in correction of a Gummy Smile. This is a quick, virtually pain free procedure done in his Beverly Hills office. A few simple Botox injections placed in strategic locations will prevent the upper lip from raising excessively high when you smile.  The full results are seen after several days.  At that time, you upper lip will not raise as high, revealing only your beautiful smile and personality.  Dr. Aharonov's Los Angeles California area patients are very pleased with their results. The effects are fairly long lasting, only requiring two or three treatments per year depending on the individual patient. Additionally, some people  have an asymmetrical or irregular smile.  One side of the upper lip may be drooping lower or raised higher than the rest of the lip during smiling or laughing.  This can also be corrected by Dr. Aharonov.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Aharonov in his Beverly Hills office to discuss whether you're a good candidate for Non Surgical correction of a Gummy Smile.  For the right patient, this simple, quick procedure can make a world of difference in self esteem and attitude.  Dr. Aharonov is an expert Facial Plastic Surgeon who is known for his natural looking results, and also specializes in Non Surgical Alternatives to Facial Rejuvenation. His only goal is to make you look and feel your best.

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Gummy smile correction with Botox or Dysport. Notice how the upper lip does not raise as high while smiling. The results of this quick 1 minute procedure can be seen after only a few days.