Vermilion Lip Border

Vermillion Border

It’s the line of demarcation between your lips and the surrounding skin.

When we are younger, the vermilion border is usually well defined. Lipstick lays smoothly. As we age, vertical lines can develop, cutting through this border. Lips lose their volume and the lip edges become less distinct.

Aging thin lips and loss of vermilion borderThe 53-year-old patient to the right has aging lips which have thinned and there’s no longer a visible line between lips and skin.

Because the lips play such a significant role in makeup and in how women feel about their attractiveness, the vermilion border is an area of focus by our practitioners in response to patients’ wishes to regain lip volume and a smooth, youthful lip line.

We are excited to offer the Fotona4D LipLase treatment at our Cow Hollow location. Beside treating the vermilion border, our practitioners can customize this treatment to also plump lips and improve lip symmetry.

Resurfacing treatments like AgeJET Plasma Rejuvenation and Scarlet RF Microneedling can treat the vertical lines around the lips (sometimes called smokers lines), minimizing the wrinkles cutting into the lip line.

We offer the “lip flip” treatment, which uses a neurotoxin like Botox or Dysport, injected at the cupid’s bow and near mouth corners, and possibly in muscles between side of nose to upper lip. This is an ideal treatment to prevent lip vertical lines from forming.

And of course, lip augmentation with dermal fillers is our most popular solution.

lip augmentation to enhance vermilion border
Before and immediately after lip augmentation with Restylane dermal filler products.

Book your free—always no obligation—consultation to meet with an expert on preserving your vermilion border.


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