The Hollywood Perception
Angelina Jolie’s lips, coupled with her innate acting ability has gotten her as far as being called one of the world’s best-looking and most looked up to Hollywood celebrities. Somehow, in many women’s minds, looking like her translates into being able to be anybody you want to be and as such, they consider the best ways and means to achieve just that, starting by changing their appearance.
Among the many cosmetic augmentations available to women and men these days is lip enhancement, which is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that aims to improve the appearance of the lips by making them appear fuller. It was widely believed in the old days that having plump lips with an emphasised border was the ultimate symbol of youth and beauty.
Some tribes around the world have even gone as far as inserting enhancing materials through the lower and upper lips of both females and males just to improve the appearance of the lips and make them acceptable to the tribe.
The Ideal Size
The ideal size of the lips depends on what every culture dictates but because it is believed that the lips constitute a major focal point in overall beauty, having thin lips can be perceived as undesirable and unattractive, particularly in cultures where youth and beauty are prized. Rather than be seen to be anything but beautiful, women will go to great lengths just to get full, pouty lips even if they have to dig deep into their pockets to afford the procedures.
In addition to thin lips, women are also concerned about smoker’s lines, which are fine lines and wrinkles that are usually visible above the top lip and makes them appear older than they are. In the old days, surgeons initially used paraffin and liquid silicone to make the lips appear fuller but to no success.
Then during the 80s, bovine collagen was introduced and became the standard against which all fillers were measured. Collagen’s rule was short-lived, however, because it required patients to undergo an allergy test and had a long waiting time that no one cared to experience.
These days, however, lip enhancement has become much easier and more convenient with the introduction of hyaluronic dermal fillers which are considered “natural” dermal fillers because it closely mimics the padding that naturally occurs in our skin.
Dermal fillers naturally and instantly restore volume, making the lips appear more youthful and attractive. They are also ideal because they don’t have any adverse side effects and can be easily dissolved in case you don’t like the way your lips look post-procedure.
Lip enhancement, however, is also not just about making your lips appear fuller. It can also highlight other features of your lips to enhance their appearance like the body, border and corners of your mouth among much more. Enhancements should look natural and make your lips seem in proportion with the rest of your face.
To get to the root of the problem, you will need to consult with a qualified cosmetic specialist, who will discuss with you, your medical history and your goals to come up with the best treatment plan for you. He or she will be frank and honest about your appraisals so that you won’t get any unrealistic expectations.
The procedure itself will take about 30-45 minutes and done in an outpatient setting. Results usually last between 4-12 months and patients are forewarned about some short-term bruising or swelling that may occur during recovery. If you live in or around the Perth area, the leading cosmetic experts at MIRA clinic will walk you through the lip enhancement process.