Lips exude sensuality and personality. Read our guide to the latest treatments, lip products and makeup to perfect your pout.
Dermal filler injections are the most popular method for lip augmentation. The filler commonly contains hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a natural substance found in the body. Hyaluronic acid attracts hydration and helps boost volume in the treated area. Fillers specifically formulated for lip augmentation can improve the appearance of lips by adding shape, structure and volume.
Lip tattooing can be ideal for women lacking a definite lip shape, who are hoping to add definition and improve lip colour. One treatment is typically sufficient to achieve the best results and, though the colour will appear intensely bright immediately after treatment, this will fade to a permanent, more natural-looking shade in the weeks following the procedure.
A non-surgical method to augment the lips for a longer lasting result, thread lifting uses specialised suture material – or ‘threads’ – to outline, lift and plump the lips. When the threads are passed through the lip line, they cause mild trauma in the underlying tissue. This stimulates the body’s natural healing response and triggers the formation of collagen production in the underlying tissue. The threads usually dissolve within two years following treatment, and the underlying tissue rejuvenation means the results will continue to improve over this time.
A beautiful smile can fuel the face with youthfulness, confidence and vitality. Cosmetic dentistry optimises the relationship between the lips, teeth and gums for a natural-looking smile transformation. Dental veneers in particular can create a ‘lip lift’ effect by building your lip profile out, and teeth whitening is a surefire way to bring youth and vitality to the mouth and overall face.
Treating marionette lines
Marionette lines are the furrows that run straight down from the corners of the mouth to the chin. They contribute to the appearance of ageing, and can make the face look tired, sad or heavy.
Dermal fillers can help restore lost volume and fill these wrinkles to immediately counter the appearance of ageing. Typically, the results last up to a year, but some dermal fillers aid in internal skin rejuvenation for an extended anti-ageing result.