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Sport Bottles Linked to Lip Wrinkles

September 5th, 2013

For years, the lip wrinkles around the lips were referred to as “smokers lines,” and smoking was indeed a major cause of premature lip wrinkles. Over exposure to the sun is also a well-known factor contributing to facial aging. But today another surprising potential cause of facial lip lines was identified: sport water bottles. In a recent article published by The Inquisitr, it was reported that habitual drinking from water bottles contribute to premature wrinkles. Anytime you have repetitive motions, such as pursing your lips to smoke, wrinkles may become more pronounced. Drinking out of the popular sport-top closure water bottles causes the drinker to purse their lips repeatedly. While staying hydrated during physical activity and exercise is really important, the repetitive motion has the potential for creating lip wrinkles as perhaps an unwelcome side effect.

According to the  American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS),  more than a million patients turned to artificial filler injectables to erase facial wrinkles. The use of fillers is ranked second only to Botox ® for all non-surgical cosmetic procedures performed in 2012. Fillers represent a 20% uptick in patients having synthetic injectables.

Let’s talk about possible solutions to minimize lip wrinkles. Perhaps the easiest way to avoid premature lip wrinkles from water bottles is to choose an alternative water spout or bottle design that doesn’t require pursing your lips to get a drink. Secondly, artificial fillers offer a temporary fix to minimize wrinkles. However, I am recommending that my patients consider fat grafting injections. In the past several years, amazing results have made headlines in the regenerative medicine application for cosmetic plastic surgery. During a recent scientific congress that I attended in Berlin, The International Society of Plastic Regenerative Surgery presented an overwhelming demonstration of the effectiveness of adipose stromal cells (fat) in the fat grafting procedures.

Natural fat graft transfer is changing the practice of cosmetic medicine. Simply stated, your own fat is liposuctioned from one area and then skillfully injected and sculpted into another area. Autologous fat grafting or lipo-fat grafting offers a natural and permanent solution for a host of problems, including lip wrinkles. Patient benefits for this new technique include having the procedure clinic-based, using your own natural fat cells and having a relatively quick recovery period. It is an exciting new option for patients to consider. I find that my patients appreciate having a natural alternative and especially enjoy the option of having a little liposuction help to contribute to looking younger.


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Natural Lip Wrinkle Fix: Fat Grafting

June 26th, 2013

Lip wrinkles or sometimes referred to as “smokers lines,” are the lines that radiate out from the lip margin.  They can be the result of aging, sun exposure, smoking, and /or genetics.  They usually make a person look older.  Women generally dislike them because their lipstick runs into the wrinkles, giving a pronounced pursed look. Interestingly, when lip lines become more apparent, it is often combined with a loss of lip volume or fullness at the same time.  These changes contribute to the appearance of facial aging.

Fortunately there are new choices to reduce lip lines, besides the injectable artificial fillers. Advances in regenerative medicine has ushered in revolutionary changes in many anti-aging procedures. Is regenerative fat transfer the Fountain of Youth? Perhaps, because regenerative medicine offers stunning new advances in natural procedures for facial rejuvenation, including restoration of youthful lips. Nipntuck Naturalâ„¢ features this new fat graft injection technique, which now allows us to replace facial fat loss.  Simply stated, starting with liposuction, we gently remove your own fat cells from selected areas and then they are carefully transferred to another location.  The regenerative properties of these fat cells are particularly effective, because the fat cells become a natural living part of the tissues wherever it is placed. Not only can the lines be corrected, but the lips can be restored to more youthful size and shape, as well.

This revolutionary technique is not limited to facial rejuvenation. Fat grafting is an outpatient, clinic-based procedure and the quick recovery time is changing many aspects of cosmetic plastic surgery today. It is an ideal solution for patients preferring  more natural choices for the newest options in cosmetic surgery and represents an exciting time in the field of medicine.

It is important to seek qualified professional advice when considering these procedures. Most cosmetic surgeons do not charge for patient consultations. Here is a link to find a board certified plastic surgeon near you,  The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).


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