How to choose the right cosmetic treatments for younger-looking lips
With Valentine’s Day now just past, you might be thinking about getting a lip rejuvenation treatment so you can pucker up with smooth, kissable lips. If you’re having a difficult time deciding which lip treatment could be right for you, following these important tips can help.
Choose the right injector
The lip area can be particularly tricky to get just right because it is one of the most noticeable and defining features of your face. Unnatural looking poorly shaped or extra large lips make you look older rather than younger. Because of this, you want to make sure that you choose an experienced and qualified experienced injector who has an eye for aesthetics, symmetry and detail.
Believe it or not, perfecting the size, shape, and proportions of the lips requires anatomy knowledge, experience injecting dermal fillers and an artistic eye. It is crucial that you find an injector who understands the “golden ratio” of lip proportions and who knows the proper techniques in order to achieve your desired results. You also do not want someone to inject your lips that is rushed and does not have time to carefully consider your aesthetic needs. Remember, you get what you pay for when it comes to lip injections. If it seems too cheap, stay away. It is also worth noting that illicit injectors have become a widespread concern, especially here in Australia so double-check that the person who will inject your lips is not only qualified to perform lip injections but that he or she is also using safe, legal products.
Know your lip augmentation options.
Before moving ahead with your lip treatment, you should have the opportunity to sit down with your provider and discuss your goals and options. Bring photos of lips shapes that you like to discuss with your injector. It is helpful to have a general understanding of your filler options and what the major differences are between them.
If you’re interested in lip injections to achieve a fuller, poutier look, dermal fillers are going to be the most effective options. The best dermal fillers for lips contain hyaluronic acid (HA), which is already naturally present in your skin. HA works by binding to water molecules and temporarily plumping the lips. Two of my favorite HA fillers for the lips are Restylane Silk and Juvederm Voluma. These are very safe reversible products that can achieve very natural-looking results when used in the lips when used by an artistic injector.
Neuromodulators like wrinkle erasers can be used to smooth the vertical “barcode” or “smoker’s” lines that sometimes form on the upper lip, but they are not used to plump the lips themselves. These inject-able treatments work by temporarily relaxing the underlying muscle contractions that cause dynamic expression lines. Unfortunately, these injections decrease movement around the mouth, which can look fake and give you an asymmetrical smile, so I am not a big fan of this type of lip injections.
Are you are unhappy with the lines around your mouth.
Have realistic goals
You can bring a few photos of the lips you’d like to your consultation to help you explain your specific goals. Keep in mind, however, that you need to find an experienced artistic provider and trust them to choose what fillers and cosmetic treatments are best to shape your lips. Lips that are out of proportion with your other facial features will end up looking fake. Go slowly and be conservative to get the best results.
They’re not suitable for everyone
From a practical point of view, lip fillers may not be suitable for every one and an assessment needs to be made of each individual face to assess suitability.
Lip fillers should not be carried out to “fit” an ideal image and realistic expectations should be set for the end result. From a general health point of view, lip fillers should not be carried out in those with active cold sores. Caution must also be taken in those that have potential blood clotting disorders and diabetes.
Preparation is key
Make sure you discuss any prescribed medications and supplements with the treating specialist prior to any injections taking place. Avoid the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g. aspirin, ibuprofen), vitamin E, fish oils, Ginkgo Bilbao, and ginseng. These agents can potentially thin the blood and make the treated area more prone to bruising or bleeding. Analgesia such as paracetamol or codeine is safe to take and should not cause any problems.
It shouldn’t be too painful
Lip filler can either be injected or placed into the skin with a blunt-ended tool known as a cannula. The choice of method depends very much on individual injectors’ expertise and preference.
Prior to the injection, some people choose to have local anesthetic numbing cream applied to the area for about 20 minutes. Alternatively, ice can be used to temporarily numb the area. The procedure feels uncomfortable rather than painful and can sting as the filler is being injected. Many types of filler contain local anesthetic within them, so as the injections start, the procedure becomes less painful
Choose your appointment time carefully
Do not book your lip fillers immediately before an important social event like a wedding or party. No matter the technique a used, there will be a small degree of swelling and even possible bruising after the procedure. This usually settles quickly within a few days but it is important to give the lips time to settle. The results are temporary and typically last about 9-12 months so treatments need to be repeated.
The results can be reversed
If you decide that lips fillers aren’t for you once the procedure has taken place, it is possible to dissolve out hyaluronic acid with an enzyme. Injections of a substance known as hyaluronidase can be placed into the lip to remove the filling agent and return the lips back to normal.
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