Full plump lips may be considered very feminine and attractive, but not all of us are lucky enough to be born with them. Rather than grin and bear it, there is action you can take to get the look you desire.
Lip fillers - sometimes referred to as lip augmentation - are now far more accessible and affordable, and you'll find professional clinics in your locality listed here on Bookwell.
Lip fillers are one of the most requested procedures. This treatment can make a huge difference to your overall look and self-confidence.
Cosmetic injectables is a specialist field. The process involves painlessly injecting a dermal filler into your lips. This must be done by a qualified cosmetic injector, so that generally means a cosmetic doctor or registered nurse injector.
Dermal fillers fall into two categories - non-permanent and permanent. Non-permanent dermal filler is usually recommended, as it provides natural-looking results, is less likely to cause a reaction, and lasts 6 to 12 months.
The closer the filler matches our own chemical makeup, the safer it is. Thankfully, due to strict legislation and licensing, there is very little to worry about these days. Whilst still considered safe, permanent fillers do present more risks and there is more chance of complications. Having said that, they do offer an alternative for those who have tried non-permanent and want longer lasting results.
Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are currently the most popular form of lip injectables. Hyaluronic acid not only plumps the lip directly, but also traps water within the lips for a more natural look.
Collagen - once the most commonly used injectable - can still be used, although this just plumps the lips.
Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers dissolve gradually over time and any lumps and bumps will quickly disappear. The great thing about hyaluronic acid is that, if there is a problem, it can be removed using an enzyme called hyaluronidase.
Now, we've all seen those photographs of celebrities who have used way too much lip filler. It's a look you probably don't want to copy. It comes down to how much lip filler you use.
The point to remember is that dermal fillers don't work immediately. If your lips are quite thin, you may need more than one session to get the desired effect. The secret is to add the filler in stages. That way you can assess each stage and avoid going over the top.
Naturally, the thought of needles is enough to put some people off perfecting their pout. But don't stress yourself. If you are concerned about pain, most cosmetic injectors will use a blocker, similar to that used by dentists. Additionally, the needles are extremely fine.
It is also best to arrange your appointments so that you can go into hiding for a day! There is a good chance that your lips will be slightly swollen and sore for 24 hours. Applying ice to the area immediately after treatment will make a huge difference. And do resist the urge to slap on the lippie for a couple of days.
Lip fillers are popular because they are non-invasive. Other forms of lip enhancement generally require surgery, which is more costly and involves a longer recovery time. Alternatively, fat injections and implants can be used, but that also requires liposuction to be carried out.
Before deciding on lip fillers it's worth asking yourself why you want to modify your look. If it is to boost your self-confidence and make you feel good about yourself, that's great. The best idea is to arrange a consultation with a professional and go through your options, so you know what to expect.