Kylie Jenner’s “secret” is out. After months of saying she created her noticeably puffier pout with lip liner and lipstick, she finally admitted to having had dermal filler injections to enhance her lips, at the age of 17 (this means that a parent had to sign the consent form for her). This has stirred a debate on social media about what age is appropriate for lip enhancement and what is a valid reason to have it done. At Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara, we are not here to judge. Instead we see this as a great opportunity to discuss different types of lip augmentation procedures, why someone would have it done, who is a good candidate, and what you can expect from a lip enhancement procedure.
Types of Lip Augmentation Procedures
Lip enhancement can be done surgically using a soft implant or by grafting the person’s own fat or tissue. This is usually considered for someone who is seeking a more permanent solution. Temporary enhancement is done using dermal fillers (such as Restylane or Juvederm) that are made from hyaluronic acid – which is a naturally-occuring substance in your skin that provides fullness and elasticity. Lips injected with dermal fillers may see results for 6 months (on average).
Reasons for Lip Augmentation
Plump lips are considered a sign of health, beauty, and youth. As we age, volume in the lips (and face and skin) diminishes. Lips may begin to look “deflated” and may develop wrinkles, for many reasons. Genetics can be part of the reason but also environmental damage (sun damage, smoking, air pollution) may play a role. Thinner lips may look unbalanced in comparison to the rest of a person’s features or may seem to disappear when they smile. On the other hand, some people are just born with thinner lips and may feel more self-conscious about their appearance. Lip augmentation is usually done to replace the lost lip volume. In some cases, it may be done to make lips more symmetrical or to give thinner lips additional volume.
Who is a Good Candidate for Lip Enhancement?
Good candidates for lip enhancement include people whose lips have become very thin when they smile, who have uneven lip symmetry, and those who have lost volume due to aging. Candidates should also be in good general health and have realistic expectations about the outcome.
About Lip Enhancement Procedures
A surgical lip enhancement will require downtime for proper healing. The timeframe should be discussed with your surgeon. If you are having lip enhancement done temporarily, using dermal fillers, there is not any downtime. Bruising may occur at the injection site but will fade. Results are instantaneous.
Lip enhancment in Santa Barbara, both surgically and using dermal fillers, can be done at Cosmetic Surgery Center. Our approach to lip enhancement, and other cosmetic surgery procedures, is to give you a rejuvenated, “non-operated” result. Call us at 805-563-0000 for a lip enhancement or cosmetic surgery consultation.