dermal-fillers-lip-enhancement.jpg Lip enhancement procedures are gaining popularity with the introduction of new fillers, which show results fast with low downtime. Various options for those seeking lip enhancements have been discussed by Kimberly J. Butterwick, M.D., F.A.A.D., a dermatologist in La Jolla, California. Fillers are flexible substances injected beneath the surface of the skin where they improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by increasing the skin's volume. Here is the description of some of the dermal fillers used to plump up the lips.

Collagen
Bovine Collagen is an approved FDA filler which is used to treat fine wrinkles around the mouth and add volume to thin lips.

Hyaluronic Acid Gel
Hyaluronic acid gel is another FDA approved filler when injected into the skin, binds to water and provides volume to plump lips and fill larger folds of skin around the mouth and cheeks. Results can last from 3-6 months. The drawback with this is the injections can be painful and may lead to temporary swelling and redness.

Combination Fillers
In this procedure both collagen and hyaluronic acid gel are used, with each filler giving different level of support.

Other Fillers
Some other fillers which have calcium hydroxyapatite and poly-L-lactic acid, are used for enhancement of the lips and surrounding areas. These fillers are not placed directly into the lips, they add to the overall effect by filling and supporting the lines and hollows around the lips.