Let Your Lips Do The Talking: Everything You Need to Know About Beautifying Your Pout

A person’s lips can say a lot about their age, health and character, and are an essential focal point on the face. It’s no wonder that lip cosmetics are such an important part of the beauty industry. 

 A 2013 online survey by Allergan asked 3000 European women aged 20 – 60 about their lip preferences. Among other findings, they discovered that women’s main concerns about their lips were the fullness and symmetry of the lips, as well as the appearance of lines around the lips and mouth area. The average age of women seeking lip enhancement was 25 years of age.

Aging and The Lips

Years spent talking, chewing, pouting, smoking or smiling can lead to lines and wrinkles around the lips. Lip fullness can also be an indicator of aging, as time spent biting or pursing the lips can lead to deflated, thin lips over time. Lips are also especially vulnerable to environmental effects, as the skin on the lips is less than a third of the thickness of the skin on the rest of your face.

Plumping The Lips

Many women covet the plump, shapely lips of celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, who has the lips plastic surgeons say most women ask for.  

Kylie Jenner of the Kardashian clan, sparked an especially dangerous trend, when teenagers tried to emulate her pout with the Kylie Jenner Challenge.  

Marketers were quick to capitalize on the demand for thick lips with products such as this

The 17-year-old Kylie later admitted that her full lips were achieved with dermal fillers. “I have temporary lip fillers,” she said. “It’s just an insecurity of mine, and it’s what I wanted to do.”

Dermal fillers for the lips are one of the most popular aesthetic treatments available, and are a very quick and easy way to dramatically improve your look. They typically last between 6 – 9 months, are hyaluronic acid based. Hyaluronic acid is a natural component of the skin, meaning the risk of adverse reactions to the procedure is very, very small.

Kylie Jenner's before and after pictures show a dramatic change in the appearance of her lips

Lip Shaping
Fillers can also be used to improve the shape of the lip line and increasing the definition of the cupid's bow at the top of the lips. With aging, the lips lose their roundness and lie flat against the face, something fillers are especially good at addressing. Some patients also find it attractive to have a bigger pearl tip in the middle of the upper lip. Dermal fillers can also be used to correct lip asymmetry, and enhance thecorrect proportion of the top lip to the bottom lip. 

Perioral Area
The perioral area flattens and loses its definition due to the constant movement of the muscles surrounding the lips. This leads to lines such as smile lines, marionette lines, oral brackets, nasolabial folds, and a lack of definition of the philtrum.

Treatment Recommendations

My filler of choice for the lips is Juvederm Volbella, which is a very soft filler, perfect for ensuring good distribution and a smooth appearance without lumpiness. This product also includes an anaesthetic ingredient so it is very comfortable for the patient.   

Dermal fillers in this area can reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and are very well complemented by the use of Botox injections to lift the corners of the mouth. Some laser resurfacing or chemical peeling to smooth out the aging skin and stimulate collagen remodelling may further improve the appearance of the area.

 --- Cosmetic Medicine, MD

Dr. Liow Tiong Sin is an aesthetic practitioner who practices in Kuala Lumpur and Melaka, Malaysia. He has more than 12 years of expertise with non-surgical cosmetic treatments, and conducts training courses for other doctors from all around Asia. 

To connect with Dr. Liow, Like Cosmedmd's Facebook page, visit Beverly Wilshire Medical Centre's website at http://www.beverlywilshiremedical.com or drop him an email at cosmedmd@gmail.com


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