Aspen, Colo. – Perfect lips at any age require a comprehensive approach, said an expert at the summer Cosmetic Bootcamp (CBC).
Mature patients seeking lip enhancement are terrified of having oversized lips, said Beverly Hills-based dermatologist Ava Shamban, M.D. She reassures them that her goal is simply to restore age-appropriate volume and shape.
When evaluating older patients, she told attendees, consider how the lip sits within its cosmetic unit. “It’s not just the pink lip or the vermilion. It’s also the white or cutaneous lip, because you can’t just stick the lips on a stalk like a flower on a stem. The lips have to be a gradual extension of the cutaneous section.”
Youthful lips have a natural progression of the white lip into the pink lip. “But in an older face, the cutaneous part may have shrunken down due to loss of fat.” Results can include superficial-to-deep wrinkling around the mouth, she said, and naturally larger lips may be left sitting on an apparently shrunken base.
“The first approach for an older mouth like that is to address the white lip so that you have a natural extension. Often just addressing the cutaneous lip makes the vermilion look bigger — suddenly, it has something to sit on.”
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