According to the 2017 American Society of Plastic Surgeons statistics report, the use of soft tissue fillers has increased 312% since 2000. Dermal filler injection for facial augmentation is one of the most frequently utilized cosmetic procedures in the US, second only to injection of neuromodulators to relax dynamic lines and wrinkles in the brow and eye area (Chiu 2016). While dermal fillers are used to aesthetically enhance multiple areas of the face, augmentation of the lips is particularly important as lip shape and fullness play a key role in facial aesthetics.There are a multitude of factors that affect the lips, including genetically thin lips, cosmetic asymmetry of the lips, age, photodamage, smoking, hereditary factors, and more, that prompt patients to seek rejuvenation of the lips (Luthra 2015).

Dermal filler selection, as well as the skills to use it, is crucial for a subtle but optimal enhancement of the lips. There are two main fillers, hyaluronic acid (HA) and polyacrylamide (PA), which are widely available. HA is used most frequently due to the sheer number of reports worldwide confirming its safety and efficacy (Luthra 2015). There are many commercial preparations of these fillers, each with their own safety and efficacy profiles. In addition to choice of dermal filler material, a comprehensive understanding of both the anatomy of the perioral region and injection site techniques are foundational in performing effective lip augmentation (Chiu 2016). It is important that clinicians planning to perform injections for lip augmentation are aware of the key anatomical features and appropriate techniques for optimal results.

Because of the increasing need for these minimally invasive procedures and due to current gaps in practical training, a live, hands-on workshop at SBS II willgive clinicians an opportunity to receive education about adequate injection techniques, as well as clinical insights from renowned leaders in the industry.

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Glynis R. Ablon

Glynis Ablon, MD, a native Californian completed her training at Baylor School of Medicine in Houston, Texas and is a board certified dermatologist. Dr. Ablon is an Associate Clinical Professor at UCLA, practicing at both UCLA and LCMH. She is active in clinical research and the first published author in the United States in mesotherapy. Dr. Ablon is an on-camera medical consultant for The Doctors Show, E! Entertainment, ABC, CBS, KCAL and Lifetime. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Academy of Liposuction Surgery, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, and American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.

Z. Paul Lorenc

Z. Paul Lorenc, MD, FACS (pron: Lawrence) is a world-renowned and board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeon who balances surgical expertise with an acute aesthetic sense of composition and proportion in the areas of facial rejuvenation, breast enhancement and body contouring.

Since he established his private Park Avenue practice, Dr. Lorenc has been actively involved in the research, development, advancement and creation of new aesthetic surgical and non-surgical techniques and procedures, most notably the endoscopic brow lift and other minimally invasive procedures...


Learning Objectives

  • Recognize key anatomical features of the lips
  • Review appropriate injection techniques for lip augmentation
  • Apply knowledge of dermal fillers and injection techniques for hands-on patient injections

I. Introduction (5 mins)

II. Cadaver Dissection: Anatomy of the Lips (30 mins)

  1. Review anatomy of perioral region
  2. Discuss vascular anatomy and injection hazards

III. Review of Lip Injection Techniques (30 mins)

  1. Selection of dermal fillers for lip injections
    1. Review of hyaluronic acid fillers for lip augmentation
  2. Review of techniques for injection into the lips
    1. Discuss needles vs cannulas

IV. Live Patient Demonstration and Hands-On Patient Injections (50 mins)

  1. Live patient injection demonstration
  2. Hands-on patient injection with guidance from injectors

V. Conclusions (5 mins)

Accreditation Designation


In support of improving patient care, this activity will be planned and implemented by AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare and LiVDerm. AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

AKH designates the hands-on workshop for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and 2.0 ANCC credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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