Get Fuller, Better-Defined Lips in Grand Rapids
Thin lips pressed together in a straight line often indicate frustration, anger, or general discomfort. Full, round lips, however, are considered by many to be a sign of youth and beauty. Lip injections at the Grand Rapids Bengtson Center can give virtually anyone a more generous frame for their smile, whether they have lived with thin lips their entire life or have watched as volume disappeared over time. +Read More...
What Determines Lip Shape and Size?
There are two answers to the question of what determines the shape and size of an individual's lips.
The first is a combination of genetics and time. The details of each person's lips are a matter of heredity, meaning your mom and dad—and their parents before them—played a significant role in how your lips developed. That said, even people with plump, well-rounded lips will find them thinning as they age. Collagen and hyaluronic acid are two vital elements of healthy, hydrated, and happy lips and skin, but both collagen and hyaluronic acid are found in increasingly short supply as the years go by. +Read More...
What Is Used for Lip Injections in Grand Rapids?
There are several options for adding volume to lips in need of plumping. While the go-to choice for lip injections used to be collagen, modern medical advances have produced safe, more reliable formulas that yield natural-looking results with little to no fear of allergic reactions.
Juvederm Ultra® XC
Made by Allergan, manufacturer of the popular wrinkle-smoothing BOTOX® Cosmetic, Juvederm Ultra® XC is a hyaluronic acid-based filler designed for lip injections. HA molecules have a particular attraction to water molecules, so the filler is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to have full, moist, plump lips. Results can last up to a year.
For patients older than 21, Restylane® is another hyaluronic acid-based option for lip injections. This filler can also be used around the mouth and nose area to reduce the appearance of nasolabial folds and other lines.
The Bengtson Center's Master Injectors and Aesthetic Experts are experienced in both options for lip injections and can help you determine which would be best for you.
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Brad Bengtson can remove a patient's fat from one area with liposuction, then refine the fat cells to prepare them to be returned to the body elsewhere, where more volume is desired. A very small amount can be used for lip injections, providing a subtle, natural-looking result that your body welcomes, since the filler is actually your own cells.