Aspen, Colo. – Attendees at the summer Cosmetic Bootcamp (CBC) learned the keys to treating “lipstick lines” and performing lower-lip rejuvenation.
To address lipstick lines in older patients, Ava Shamban, M.D., outlines the upper-lip edges with a needle inserted into the white roll, then injects in a linear retrograde fashion. If the lines that cross from the white lip into the pink lip go untreated, she said, lipstick will bleed into them. She then addresses the lip body with another linear retrograde injection technique in the wet-dry border. “I prefer the precision of the needle in the lip.”
Conversely, she said, the lower lip is treated in an entirely different fashion by injecting the tubercles at a 90° angle with a 0.1 cc bolus per tubercle. The sides are injected with a smaller volume injection, providing a pleasing dumbbell appearance.
“One thing people do that I find unattractive is to trace the border of the lower lip, starting at the commissure.” The result is unnatural-looking “sausage lips.” Dr. Shamban said, “Enhancing lips is only going to increase in popularity, and it behooves all practitioners to create a beautiful pout instead of a bizarre, grotesque lip.” She is a Beverly Hills-based dermatologist.
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