Chicago Lip Enhancement Injections
Lip Enhancement creates fuller, plumper lips and reduces fine wrinkles around the mouth. Lips may be injected with collagen or with fat transferred from another site in the patientís body. Both liquid collagen and fat are absorbed and repeat treatments are necessary to maintain results. Newer, longer-lasting options include implantable materials like AlloDerm and SoftForm and injectable materials like Cymetra, Restylane, and Radiance.
There is a tremendous "Buzz" around the hyaluronic acid derivatives like Restylane and Juvederm, which are FDA approved in this country. These materials can last 6-9 months.
**However, something even more promising is now starting to be routinely used for injections - Radiesse, formerly known as Radiance. Made by Bioform, this injectable substance is made of hydroxyapetite (something normally present in your bone and teeth). Because calcium hydroxylapatite is a normal constituent of bone, it should not elicit a chronic inflammatory or immune response. It is actually softer than collagen and very easy to inject. There is no allergy testing required. It is supposed to last 2-5 years which is truly remarkable!
It has been used in Europe and Canada for some time and is FDA approved for other uses, but not yet for facial rejuvenation. Remember, Botox was used since 1989 for facial rejuvenation without being FDA approved. Botox was only FDA approved in early 2002. FDA approval for Radiance is now a reality for the last few years. Dr Speron has been using it since January of 2003 and is very impressed with it.
For Lip Enhancement, Dr Speron most commonly uses Radiesse, Restylance and Juvederm at this point in time.