Over the past decade, lip augmentation has been a major trend! Well, it’s hard not to envy the soft, full mouth of Scarlett Johansson or the plump, expressive lips of Angelina Jolie. Kylie Jenner may have played a big part in making lip fillers mainstream, as hundreds of people consider lip enhancement every day.
If you’ve been thinking of enhancing your looks with fuller, poutier lips, it’s as simple as getting a lip flip or lip filler. But before you make that choice, take a look at the pros and cons of each so you know which is best for you.
A lip filler is a non-surgical procedure used to make the lips physically fuller in volume. This is typically done with the help of dermal fillers. While there are many different types of dermal fillers, hyaluronic acid is the most prevalent because it is naturally found in the human body.
Before the treatment starts, a numbing cream is applied to your lips to reduce the minor discomfort associated with the process. Thereafter, clear, hyaluronic acid gel is injected into your lips, as well as surrounding areas.
The gel contains a soft filler that provides shape, structure and volume to your lips. The reason for its popularity is because it gives you a soft, supple and voluminous lips without the use of artificial substances.
Other Types of Lip Fillers
Asides from hyaluronic acid, other types of dermal fillers used for this treatment include:
- Calcium hydroxylapatite
- Polylactic acid and
- Polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres (PMMA)
Pros of Lip Fillers
- Fillers can last between 6 months and 1 year. This helps you ensure a long-term consistent look.
- Unlike lip flip (which we’ll examine next), lip fillers do not give the illusion of plumper lips. It increases the volume of your lips.
- The result of the treatment is instantaneous
- Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in the body, so there’s little risk of allergic reactions.
- It’s easy to control the lip volume and shape by carefully controlling the gel quantity and how it is injected.
Lip flip is a different procedure from lip fillers, but the endgame is the same – to make the lips fuller.
It is a quick non-surgical cosmetic procedure that involves injecting a small amount of Botox to make your upper lip ‘look’ fuller. The procedure takes less than 20 minutes.
Botox is a substance that partially paralyzes facial muscles that give undesirable lines. The result is a temporary smoothness that gives a youthful look.
When injected into your lips, it temporarily relaxes the muscles around your lip. As a result, the part of your upper lip that’s inside your mouth flips upward and outward. This change in structure gives the ‘illusion’ of a fuller lip appearance.
This procedure is suitable if you’re looking to achieve fuller lips without dermal fillers. Or you want to fix your gummy smile (a condition where your upper gum becomes visible when you smile). A lip flip will do the trick!
Unlike lip fillers, lip flips give the impression of a fuller lip. However, your lip volume stays the same.
- It’s the safest option for lips enhancement.
- It’s all-natural. You’re only rearranging the structure of your lips.
- It’s relatively cheap, costing anywhere between $80 and $500.
Techniques of Lip Enhancement
There are several techniques used for lip enhancement. However, the two common ones include cupid bow ad keyhole pout.
Cupid’s Bow Procedure
In this procedure, a filler is injected into the v-shaped area of your mouth (commonly known as the Cupid’s Bow). This treatment aims to enhance the peak of the lips. This helps to subtly improve the appearance of the area.
While many cosmeticians use different methods to highlight the Cupid’s Bow, a common technique is to inject hyaluronic acid filler along the border of the lips, with more focus on the Cupid’s Bow. Once the outline is built and the shape is perfect, the tiny amount of filler is injected into the body of the lips to create a fuller pout.
Keyhole Pout Procedure
Keyhole pout gives your that subtle, sexy look. To achieve a keyhole pout, a simple string is placed against the bow of the upper lip and the centre of the lower lip. Thereafter, dermal filler is injected into the lips. This method results in a subtle divide on the lower and upper lips, which gives the perfect sexy pout.
Because of the sexy and playful look associated with this look, it has become a major trend, where everyone is opting for that little hole right in the centre of the pout.
To recap, lip augmentation has been a major trend lately. With lip fillers, dermal fillers are injected into the lips to increase its volume and give it better structure, lasting for about a year. Lip flip, on the other hand, rearranges the structure of the lips to give the illusion that they’re bigger. This impression only lasts for about 2 months.
Whatever enhancement you decide to opt for, it will enhance your looks, giving you take sexy, poutier lips.