Lip enhancement is quickly becoming the treatment of choice for young women.
With just a glance at social medial channels such as Instagram, we see hundreds of images of girls with beautiful plump lips showing off the latest and greatest lipstick, or photos of Kylie Jenner and her larger than life lips.
It is important to be realistic when considering lip enhancement as often the images that young women are exposed too are far from real life and often the result of many treatments over a prolonged period of time.
I felt it was about time I did a blog post about lip fillers and explain why it is my favourite treatment to perform and to help educate as to why each lip is different and requires an individual approach to its enhancement
The anatomy of the lips and assessment of the lips
It is important to assess each lip prior to injecting. Certain factors need to be taken into account such as the size of the lips, the proportion of the top lip to the bottom lip, the projection of the lips, the vermillion border, the presence of any peri-oral lines (lines around the mouth), the oral commissures and marionette lines, the symmetry of the lip, what the lips do when talking or smiling (eg does the top lip curl under) and so on.
In addition to anatomical factors the client’s desired results are also important. However a level of realistic expectations is required for lip enhancement as we often cannot get the desired result with just 1 syringe of dermal filler in one sitting. Many find they return in a month or so for a top up to achieve their dream pout.
The individual aesthetic of the client is the most important factor for me. Will their new lips achieve harmony with the rest of the face? This is what I ask myself before and during every treatment.
What product is used for lip enhancement?
I prefer to use dermal fillers containing a naturally occurring substance which is found within theskin. There are a number of popular brands which are used and due to Australian law the names cannot be published here.
Many clients come with a desired product they wish to be used for their lips, usually because of positive results in the past. The wide range of available dermal fillers means we can chose a product based on desired results (natural vs more volume), softness, amount of swelling and longevity. The choice is endless.
For more information about the actual procedure involved in a lip enhancement treatment please see my information page
Lip enhancement is an art and can have magical results. My syringe is my magic wand.
A word of caution
No cosmetic procedure is without risks and lip enhancement is no exception. The facial anatomy is very complex and the lips contain many vital structures such as blood vessels and nerves. There is often swelling and bruising following a treatment and downtime does vary between individuals.
It is important to choose your injector carefully. Ensure they are trained and certified in cosmetic injectables and have explained the procedure to you in depth, including offering a cooling off period for you to decide if you want to proceed. Always ask what product is going to be used and ask to see the syringe and packaging. Seeking an experienced cosmetic doctor or nurse can help to avoid complications and ensure you are given close follow-up and appropriate medical treatment if necessary.
Please feel free to post any questions you may have.
Dr Kate x