Lips have always been a part of beauty in some form. The women of ancient Mesopotamia were the first to create a form of lipstick, using semiprecious jewels to decorate their mouths and eyes. In the much more recent past, full lips became popular in the 1990s, while thin ones were glamorized in the 1980s. Today, we have a more natural look: not too full, but not too thin. Since fashion changes regularly, a decision about lip enhancement should be made carefully, and it should be temporary in nature. No one wants to be caught wearing last year’s style, whether it be jeans, hair or lip size.
There are usually two types of patients who ask for lip enhancement. The younger patient wants to play up what they already have in the way of a slightly full bottom lip. This can be done by filling out the border of the lip, also know as a vermilion border augmentation. People with attractive lips naturally lack a defined lip border; the treatment is designed to mimic this trait. However, if someone’s lip border is overly defined, it can be a sign of badly done lip augmentation.
Dr Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills, is a leading provider of Radiesse and Botox in the area. “To create a more natural and attractive looking lip augmentation, it is important to inject the filler (Restylane, Radiesse, Juvederm) into the red part of the lip—the part that is naturally larger in people with attractive lips.” he notes. His innovative technique using micro droplet injections ensures natural results. This technique allows Dr. Ourian to control exactly how much filler is injected into the area at all times. Everyone wants sexy, sensual lips, but no one wants them to look “store bought”. With Dr. Ourian’s technique, the patient gets natural looking lips every time.
In the second group of lip augmentation patients, we have older men and women who want their lips looking like they did in their younger days. As people age, the collagen in the lips starts to deteriorate, leading to a thinner mouth. The Cupid’s bow begins to flatten out for the same reason. The corners of the mouth begin to point downward, causing a sad look, and vertical lines start to appear. There can be multiple reasons that the client is suffering from the appearance of aging; the treating doctor must determine exactly what is causing the client to look older and treat each symptom individually. This information should be passed on to the patient during the initial consultation, and all questions should be answered as well. If the doctor is doing neither of these, then more research should be done and another physician should be chosen immediately.