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Kissable Lips
Written by Dr. Lydia Waterson   

before and after photo of lips

Who does not love beautiful full lips? Lips have been desirable and part of the beauty and allure of women since the times of Cleopatra when women used henna and carmine to enhance and paint their lips. Marilyn Monroe and today’s most famous lips of all, Angelina Jolie’s, are often imitated and desired by many women. Lipstick to enhance the shape and colour of our lips is the most commonly sold make up in the world!

So full vermillion lips are an important part of what is perceived as a beautiful face. When you compare yourself to the photographs of a younger you, you will also notice the soft naturally plump rosy lips you used to have. If only we could have those naturally soft plump lips back, or even enhance them a little, to a fuller more beautiful pout.

Why do we lose it?

It is a known fact that as we age, our lips get thinner, sadly and unavoidably. As we age, we naturally lose the fullness of our lips due to a natural decline of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid in our bodies. Further ageing causes the downturn of the mouth corners and the development of deep creases from the mouth corners down, called marionette lines. This gives the face and mouth a sad, negative and aged look. The cupid’s bow begins to flatten out and further contributes to losing the shape of a previously lovely mouth. Along with ageing, excessive sun exposure and smoking are known to cause damage and loss of elasticity of the skin resulting in those known vertical lines (rytids) of the upper lip.

So what is the best out there for restoring volume, fullness and definition to the lips?

  • There are multiple fillers containing hyaluronic acid, which is a natural component of your body and, therefore, has very little risk for allergies. There are several types of fillers with various degrees of thickness that can be used depending on the desired effect of fullness that you want. Crosslinking is the process that allows these products to persist in the tissue and provide long-term benefits. Some may last about a year or more where other products persist up to 4 to 6 months longer. Other fillers flow easier and, therefore, will provide a smoother effect and will be used where you want a softer effect with less plumpness or volume. It is best to discuss this with your doctor and together decide which may be the best product for you.
  • Fillers are also used to define and restore the vermillion border and cupid’s bow of the lip.
  • You can also choose to have what is known as a ‘mini lip,’ where just a small amount of a product is used to give your lips and extra little “OOMPH” for a special night out.
  • The vertical lines of the upper lip are the most difficult area of the face to treat and there is no magical treatment here sadly, but small units of Botox helps to soften them. Filler can further help to soften these lines. Today, there is a whole list of new treatments that can help to correct this area: chemical peels, from the lighter peels to heavier TCA peels, all can help to soften and rejuvenate the area. Stimulation of new collagen growth with laser treatments, dermal rolling and the latest, PRP (platelet rich plasma therapy), seem to have delivered the best results for rejuvenating this difficult area.
  • The downturned, sad mouth corners and marionette lines can be filled and lifted to give a lovely smiley lift to the mouth again.

With all these treatments available to us, every woman can have a pair of lovely lips!

Dr. Lydia Waterson -

Internationally accredited since 1986, Dr. Lydia Waterson practices at The Coliseum MediSpa in West Vancouver, specializing in and providing popular treatments in aesthetic medicine. www.thecoliseum.ca

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