Dr Julie Brooks, PhD, discusses the rise in the lip filler phenomenon among millennials, and how women over 40 can achieve a more natural look.
Post-pandemic shifts in aesthetics have seen a significant rise in lip filler within the last few months. With people being vaccinated, ditching the masks and returning to a new “normal” life, lip fillers seem to be high up on people's agenda. So why is there now such an interest in lip fillers? Fuller, contoured lips can significantly enhance facial beauty by making you look more youthful and sensual. Also, Instagram influencers and famous celebrities are constantly promoting lip filler trends among millennials giving rise to this lip enhancement phenomenon.
This treatment is appealing because the procedure is relatively quick, and the results are instant. Today, lip fillers consist of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring component of soft tissues in the body. Small volumes of the injectable gel-like material are administered in several places within the lips to enhance and define the lip shape to the desired look.
Kylie Jenner started the big lips phenomenon.
The main reason many young women have lip filler is to enhance the size of the lips. This trend took off noticeably in 2015 after Kylie Jenner's dramatic lip transformation motivated girls globally to want bigger lips. However, this look is not desired with older women, particularly those over 40. Many ladies of a certain age like to be more discrete in the treatments they have done and therefore opt for a more natural look. However, due to the mass media attention on big pouts, many older women don't realise that lip filler can used discreetly to obtain sensual, defined lips.
Benefits of having lip filler in your 40's
You don't need to worry about looking like a blow-up doll if you have lip filler over 40. Dermal lip fillers can be used discretely to define the vermillion boarder and cupids bow, correct asymmetry, and reduce the prominence of vertical lines and wrinkles around the mouth (smokers' lines). The success of the procedure, however, depends totally on the skills of the practitioner who administers the filler and the quality of the product used. Specialist injection techniques are required to correct and shape the lips without overfilling to the ‘trout pout’ look, but you really need to choose a practitioner carefully.
Complications with lip filler
There are associated complications which can arise when having dermal lip fillers, the most significant risk being a vascular occlusion. Vascular occlusion is when the filler has blocked an artery in the lips, and consequently, the blood flow has stopped. If not treated immediately, there is a great possibility that necrosis of the lip will occur. The good news is, a trained and skilled practitioner will be able to minimise such instances and will be able to treat a vascular occlusion without more complications arising. There are other minor risks to having the procedure, such as bruising, swelling and getting the odd cold sore, but nothing that will last more than a couple of weeks.
The longevity of dermal lip fillers
Dermal lip filler can last 6-18 months, depending on your body's metabolism and the product used. If you have dermal lip fillers for the first time, 1mL of filler to sculpt the lips to the desired shape should be all that is required.
Having dermal lip fillers is not just for millennials trying to look like their favourite reality star. If administrated correctly, dermal filler can correct and define the lip shape resulting in a more natural sensual look. This method appeals to women over 40 who want to look more natural and avoid the ‘trout pout’ look.
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