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Lips, Lips, Lips!

They come in all shapes and sizes. Naturally lips can be thin or full, crisply defined or sometimes a little softer around the edges. Knowledge of lips is key, and as a practitioner it is a must to have an eye for an aesthetically pleasing lip. 

There are many techniques used to volumize the lip. We may use a bolus technique to correct a volume deficit.  If we are looking to avert the lip we may look to use a strutting technique which gives support and places more lip on show. It is important when injecting the lip to not place the product outside the vermillion border (red part of the lips) as this may lead to an overfilled lip or have the duckbill appearance that we have all seen.

Lips are complex; having knowledge of their anatomy is a great place to start.  They are divided into sections, tubercules, vermilion border, cupid’s bow, and philtral columns. All of these areas need to be assessed.  Treatment done well will maintain all the components that make up a lip and ensure that the outcome remains natural.  The product of choice for lip enhancement or restoration is a dermal filler.  Dermal filler is a gel mix of sugar protein and hyaluronic acid.  Dermal filler is a malleable product that can redefine lips, giving back their shape, restore symmetry, contour and add definition.  Sometimes a little goes a long way.  A staged implementation on the treatment prevents overfilling or migration of the lip filler, and ultimately gives the best outcome.    

If you know me you’ll know that I love natural outcomes. The lips are an area that when restored or enhanced well, will have an amazing rejuvenating effect upon the face.  Lip treatments may require more than one session especially if you have thinner lips, so be advised that sometimes one session will not be enough and that slowly building the lip is a much safer way to treat it and also maintains a more natural look to your lips.

Whether you are young and looking for enhancement of the lips or a little ‘wiser’ and looking for a restoration of your lips, always be educated in the treatments you are choosing.  Be aware of the risks associated with the treatment and know your practitioner.

Lips need to be treated with respect and with an understanding of the anatomy. Knowing how all the different shapes of lips react, as well as the best choice of product will ultimately give the best outcomes. At the end of the day your lips need to be in proportion to the other features of your face and post-filling need to still retain all the hallmarks of a good pair of lips.  Consultation and a skilled practitioner are key to best outcomes, so let us help you restore your lips so your smile can shine!  

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