Lip fillers may not interest everyone but it is definitely one of the top trending searches on Google. Many women are keen to explore lip filler treatment but are worried about going for one because it has a bad reputation. Social media occasionally shows us pictures of celebrities injecting lip filler treatments and take their lip size beyond what we consider ‘natural’ and ‘beautiful’.
Dr. Siew Tuck Wah, Medical Director of Radium Medical Aesthetics shares with us his views and allay our fears surrounding lip fillers.
What Are Lip Fillers?
Common brands that doctors use are Restylane and Juvederm. These brands of dermal fillers are made of HA and are compatible with the human body.
Why Use Hyaluronic Acid?
Doctors use dermal fillers made of HA to contour and add volume to the lips. As we age, our skin loses the ability to retain moisture, resulting in visible loss of firmness and plumpness of our facial features. HA is a substance that is naturally found in the human body. It works by retaining moisture in the body for a long time. To put things in perspective, one gram of HA can hold up to six litres of water.
It is safe and compatible with the human body. It enhances moisture content and revitalise the outer layers of the skin so that your skin feels softer and smoother.
What Happens During Consultation for Lip Fillers?
“Listening to my patients and understanding their concerns are my top priority.”, says Dr. Siew. “Everyone’s perception of beauty is different and it is my responsibility to advise my patients based on my experience and my ability to appreciate beauty. I will recommend the most suitable dermal filler, discuss the treatment plan, and let them know precisely what to expect to avoid any mismatch of expectations.”, he added.
Dr. Siew explained that the lower lip should always be fuller than the upper lip – 1.6 times fuller to be precise. In other words, the lower lip should have more volume than the upper lip so that it looks natural. The ideal outcome is to ensure that the lip augmentation is as close to this ratio as possible.
After the consultation, if the patient wishes to proceed with the treatment, the therapist will prepare you by cleaning the lips and applying numbing cream on the lips so that the procedure would be comfortable.
Are Lip Fillers A Popular Treatment At Your Clinic?
“Yes, I am beginning to see an increase in the number of women requesting for lip filler treatment. However, these people are usually my existing patients who have done dermal filler treatments with me for several years. They are confident of my dermal filler techniques and have seen the results with their own eyes.” says Dr. Siew.
Lip filler treatment is a convenient way to enhance your facial features without spending too much money. Having a pair of full, luscious lips always makes a woman look younger and more attractive.
Who Is A Suitable Candidate For Lip Filler Treatment?
Lip filler treatment is suitable for everyone, including men.
Over time, our facial features lose contour and fat loses volume. Everything on the face will sag and shift downwards. Facial features that were formerly plump and supple may sink and lose its appeal – including your lips. Even when you have a pair of beautiful lips now, your lips may lose its natural shape with age.
If you are a smoker, you probably see that your lips become darker and thinner after years of smoking. Smokers also use certain muscles around the lips to hold the cigarette, causing wrinkles that non-smokers usually do not.
Lips filler treatments will be ideal for people who want to restore or achieve the suppleness and fullness of an ideal pair of lips.
My Mouth Corners Are Drooping. Can Lip Fillers Help?
Corners of the mouth are acted upon by several facial muscles. When the corners of the mouth are pulled down, the muscles exert a stronger downward pull than the lifting muscles. Gently weakening these downward pulling muscles can create a lift so that the lips will be naturally smiling instead of frowning. This can be easily achieved by using a few units of Botox.
Also, depending on the extent of the downward pull, a combination of lip filler treatment and even some thread lift to the cheeks can lift the lower face to create a happy-looking face.
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