Often what prompts patients to seek a consultation for lip filler treatment is that they notice “something amiss” in photographs, for example, their lips look “thin” or “mean”, or there is discontinuity in the lip border, causing lip liner to “bleed out”.
This prompts them to consider options for bringing this feature in line with the rest of the face. If you are interested in a lip filler, this is probably the point when you approach a doctor for treatment.
Before deciding whether lip fillers are ideal for you, you must appreciate that there is more than one reason for the lips appearing “too thin” or uneven.
Here are a few:
1 – Aging of the face – with age, the lips just like other parts of the face, lose volume.
2 – Missing teeth – your lips rest on your teeth. If there loss of teeth, the underlying bone thins as well, so the lips and surrounding structures buckle in.
3 – A flat midface or deficient cheek volume, which results in the top lip “turning in”.
4 – uneven colour (pigmentation) of the lips, which can appear thinner because they are flesh coloured even when the volume is filled in.
Often, people have more than one reason along with actual volume loss in the lips, when they come to clinic. A plan is made to bring all the facial features, including the lips, into harmony, because this will give you the best looking results over time. If you are having dental work, or if building up very thin lips, a couple of sessions may be required initially.
The results last six months if nutrition and metabolism permit, and actually accumulate over time.
Please note that features that look good on one person (one popular choice is Michelle Keegan :-)) will not always suit another person’s face, leading to distorted facial features in the near future. There is a specialised assessment I do to check this, don’t worry!