Perioral rejuvenation improves the appearance of the lips by restoring volume and/or reduction of wrinkles around the mouth.
Perioral rejuvenation restores the volume of the lips with injectable fillers or with fat transfer (Lipofilling). Techniques to reduce or eliminate wrinkles include laser facial resurfacing and chemical peels. One can distinguish between ablative (removing a thin layer of wrinkled skin) and non-ablative procedures. Ablative procedures include CO2 laser, Erbium-YAG laser and chemical or mechanical peels and some non-ablative procedures are intense pulsed light (IPL) and radiofrequency techniques which typically require several sessions to achieve the desired result.
Perioral rejuvenation takes approximately thirty minutes to one hour.
The surgeon will decide what type of anaesthesia is best according to the chosen procedure. It will vary from topical to local, local plus sedation, or general anaesthesia.
These are outpatient procedures.
Most procedures on the lips will cause a varying degree of temporary swelling. Mild, temporary discomfort is normal, rarely mild bruising. When ablative techniques are used, one often sees skin peeling and/or redness according to the chosen technique.
Infection, overcorrection in size, irregularities and/or asymmetry with fillers, changes in skin pigmentation, or fever blisters (herpes simplex) with resurfacing techniques- if you experience fever blisters from time to time you should warn your surgeon beforehand.
In most cases, the patient can return to work and normal activities the same day after perioral rejuvenation. Bruising and swelling should have resolved after several days. When an ablative procedure is used, the recovery time can be several days. Changes in the colour of the skin can be present for several days or weeks but can be camouflaged with make-up. When using ablative procedures, it is recommended to use sunscreen for several weeks.
The outcome varies from patient to patient. One can expect a restoration of a youthful appearance of the mouth area and an enhancement of lip shape. When using non-permanent fillers, results will be lost after several months. Lipofilling with fat grafting gives permanent results. Reduction to complete disappearance of wrinkles around the mouth after resurfacing varies by patient.
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