Once again, fuller lips are in style. The trend might be due to the attention paid to celebrities such as Kylie Jenner, who recently admitted to having lip injections to give her a fuller mouth. It could also be due to social media and an increased focus on looks and appearance. If you aren’t happy with the way your lips look, you have a number of safe options for adding volume to them or at least, making it look as though you’ve added volume. Discussing your options with a facial plastic surgeon will help you pick the lip fix that best suits you.
If you want to make your lips look fuller, but aren’t ready for injections or surgery, the answer lies in makeup. How you line and fill in the lips can make them look more voluminous than they really are. Using making to add volume to your lips is a three-part process. First, you can want to use a primer or concealer over the lips. The primer will help the lipliner and lipstick stay in place and will cover up the natural color of the lips, so that it is easier to over-line them.
Next, you want to use a lipliner that is a shade darker than your natural lip color to outline the lips. In this case, use the liner to trace just along the outer edge of the lips, then lightly fill in the rest of the lips with the pencil. Once the lips are line, pick a lipstick and apply it. Blot to remove excess, then apply a second coat. Your lips will look fuller, at least until you wash off the makeup.
A longer lasting, but still temporary option for getting fuller lips is to have a facial plastic surgeon inject them with a filler. Today’s lip fillers aren’t anything like the fillers used in years past. For one thing, today’s fillers contain hyaluronic acid, not collagen, and are more natural and softer looking. A surgeon may use Belotero or a similar injectable when performing a lip augmentation with a filler.
One of the big benefits of injectables for enhancing the lips is that they are very customizable. You might be happy with the size of your upper lip, but want a bit more volume on the lower lip. In that case, a surgeon can inject just the lower lip, or even just a part of the lower lip.
Another big benefit of injectables in the lip area is that they provide quick results. Usually, you’ll be able to see results instantly, although there might be some swelling for the first few days. The process is usually pretty quick and most people are able to go back to work or school right away. You’ll usually be asked to take a day or so offer from exercising or anything other particularly vigorous activity.
Lip injections usually don’t last as long as injections in other areas of the body, so your results might wear off after six months or so. If you decide that you like them, you can have the surgeon re-inject you at the time, or let things be, if you didn’t like the results. Additionally, hyaluronic acid fillers are reversible, so if you really dislike your results, you can ask the surgeon to undo the treatment, instead of waiting half of a year or so for the results to fade.
You also don’t have to worry about your lips looking strange or deflated when the injectable wears off. The process is gradual, so you won’t be left with two floppy lips. Instead, your mouth will slowly return to its original size.
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To learn more about your lip enhancement options, contact Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists. Dr. Ran Y. Rubinstein is a facial plastic surgeon that can provide the guidance you need. Please contact us either by email or calling 845-863-1772. Dr. Rubinstein’s practice, Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists, has two locations in New York, one in Newburgh and one in Manhattan.
Dr. Rubinstein has been practicing in the Hudson Valley for more than 15 years and specializes in esthetic laser producers, facial plastic surgery, nasal, and sinus disorders. He uniquely combines his medical and surgical expertise to help patients feel better and look better. He holds dual board certification from the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, is a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery, and is an Assistant Professor at New York Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.