Restoring Youthful Contours to the Aging Lip


Restylane Silk offers a significant advance in addressing the issues presented by aging in the lower face, particularly the lips and area around the mouth.   It is the first and only FDA approved product specifically designed for subtle lip enhancement and the smoothing of wrinkles around the mouth in patients over 21 years of age.

When an individual is young, fat and collagen are evenly distributed in the face, making skin appear soft and supple.   With age, fat and collagen begin to deteriorate in the face, leading to thinner skin, and more noticeable lines and wrinkles.. One area that visibly shows signs of aging is the lip and area around the mouth. Lip shape, fullness and definition are based on a variety of factors, including genetics. Other external factors, such as sun exposure, smoking and excessive pursing of the mouth, can result in lines around the mouth and cause the lips to thin and lose definition.  Aging lips can also result in the flattening of the “v” shaped area of the upper lip (“Cupid’s Bow”) and the downward turn of the corners of the mouth. 

 Many individuals have concerns about having cosmetic procedures performed on their lips, due to the sensitivity of the lip tissue and surrounding area.  Oue patients find that discomfort is greatly minimized in this office by the topical application of a highly effective numbing cream.  Most patients do very well with this alone.  Additionally, some patients worry about the artificial fullness that is sometimes associated with lip injections and this is where Restylane Silk really shines.  We are able to attain subtle refinement and restoration of volume loss with no fear of "duck lips".

Hyaluronic acid is a sugar that is naturally found in the skin that helps provide hydration, fullness and elasticity.   In a U.S. clinical trial involving 221 mostly female patients, 98 percent of patients reported a visible improvement in lip fullness 14 days after injection and 76 percent still had lip improvement at six months following injection.

 As with any other HA gel that is injected into the lips, the most common side effect is temporary swelling. For additional side effects, including important safety information, please visit: