Everyone has their own opinion on aesthetic treatments. What’s OK, what’s not, what justifies a treatment, what doesn’t? Sadly, people are quick to criticize and label women who do indulge in a little ‘work’. Worse still, this judgment is usually dished out by other women.
Case in point – Kylie Jenner was so terrified of the inevitable judgemental comments that she lied for months about her lip fillers. When she revealed she uses lip fillers on Keeping Up With The Kardashians she said: ‘I’m just not ready to talk to reporters about my lips yet, because everyone always pick us apart. People are so quick to judge me on everything.’ The reality TV star has since removed them.
There is an art to lip enhancement. Who you select to do your injections can mean the difference between getting a fuller, natural-looking poutor the dreaded over-filled “duck look.” The key to a natural, beautiful lip enhancement is in the injector’s approach. Patients at every age have different goals and motivations. For patients in their 20s, it can be the desire for fuller lips and better facial balance. For an older patient, an enhancement can address volume loss, a blurry lip line and wrinkles around the mouth.
FOR PATIENTS IN THEIR 20S
According to Defy Nature Medical Spa in New London, patients in their 20s most often have issues of genetic lip imperfections like asymmetry, thin lips, a gummy smile or their expression might appear sad or angry. “It’s really about enhancement,” says Erin Azia, Practice Manager. “Patients this age tend to love the look of fuller lips. Our job is to make sure they look proportionate to the face. Kristin, our Certified Nurse Injector looks at the whole person sitting in front of her to bring balance to the entire face. Sometimes the most important decision she will make is what NOT to do and to always seek a natural look that will be barely noticeable to all but the patient.”
FOR PATIENTS IN THEIR 30’S
Lips are at their fullest at the ages of 16 to 18. In the 30s, a fairly noticeable thinning begins to happen. “At this age, the biggest issue is the loss of collagen and Elastin, which results in thin lips and drying of the lips,” says Erin. “Lip lines, which are caused by a combination of sun exposure and the natural aging process, can also appear. Increased muscle activity from daily facial expressions also contributes to upper lip wrinkles. We look to fill the lighter wrinkles so that they don’t become ingrained into the skin and inject a small bit of filler into the lip to retain its fullness.
FOR PATIENTS IN THEIR 40’S AND 50’S
Patients in their 40’s and 50’s may experience even more drying and thin lips. “When a patient reaches their 40’s and 50’s, the area around the lips, such as nasolabial folds (laugh lines) and oral commissure (corners of the mouth) also change,” says Erin. “They may become deeper and more pronounced, so that area needs to be treated as well to support the lips. The overall expression of the patient appears to change. So for patients in their 40s and 50’s, it’s all about restoration. Kristin uses fillers not only maintain lip fullness but also to diminish wrinkles that have already begun to set in.” Oftentimes, a loss of collagen, fat, and bone in the mid-face will greatly affect the shape of the mouth.
FOR PATIENTS IN THEIR 60’S
For patients in their 60s and above, Kristin addresses the same issues found in patients in their 50s. “At this age, it’s mainly about lip restoration. I focus on restoring fullness, addressing perioral lines and restoring facial structures around the lip,” she says.
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