To most men, the sight of a woman's full lips made for kissing is enough to make them swoon. To other women, a woman with lips designed with a Cupid's bow on top and upturned corners is a constant source of envy. Some women were born with them, but others have to go through cosmetic lip enhancement to get those luscious lips. Whatever the method, people should take note of several tip and trivia about adding volume to one's lips and getting rid of smile lines and wrinkles surrounding them.
What is Lip Augmentation?
The procedure of adding volume and lushness to one's lips is called lip augmentation. Dermal fillers are injected into the lips just beneath the skin's surface. Some fillers are pre-mixed with numbing agents and don't require an application or injection of a local anesthetic. If the patient prefers it, there's also laughing gas available for convenience.
Lip fillers usually came from naturally-occurring materials. These are clear, biodegradable gels mostly found in joints and bind with water molecules once injected into the skin. Once healed and settled, these plumping agents won't affect the patient's day to day activities, such as speaking and eating. For the first few days after treatment, however, the patient may need assistance with sipping liquids and taking in soups and mashed solids instead.
Because the gels were naturally found in the body, these fillers are often absorbed into the skin. And so, dermal fillers for the lips are only temporary solutions. The time it lasts varies between patients, but on average the plump appearance of one's lips could last anywhere between six and nine months. After that, the patient has to return for another cosmetic lip enhancement session.
Getting Rid of Fine Lines and Wrinkles
As we grow old, we'd likely develop lines on areas where they appear frequently. These areas are the sides of one's mouth when smiling, crow's feet at the outer ends of the eyes, and frown lines in the middle of eyebrows. For smile lines, the usual solution is to inject dermal fillers to fill up the folded skin. The same procedure is applied to crow's feet and frown lines.
However, another set of wrinkles also appear on top of one's mouth in the area between the nose and top of the lips. These are called smoker's lines, which are common among nicotine lovers, but also develop even among people who don't smoke. They're a natural part of growing old, but these lines can be eliminated through dermal injections of the same filler used to enhance one's lips. The natural gel also moisturizes the skin folds and don't cause allergies to patients.