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I’m not sure who missed the “aging gracefully” memo in Hollywood, but the number of celebrities in the tabloid sporting inflatable life rafts for lips seems to be growing daily.
Thin isn’t in when it come to lips, but the irony is that an overly done “trout pout” ends up advertising your age– and insecurities–rather than looking youthful.
Women may notice signs of aging around the mouth as early as their thirties (especially if they smoke or worship the sun), but the real changes occur a decade later, largely due to a loss of collagen and elastin.
“The lip border becomes blurred and less distinct, then fine lines begin to form at the lip margin,” says Toronto Dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett. “Fine, vertical lines extend from the mouth, causing lipstick to bleed, and lips decrease in size and can droop or sag.”
What can you do to counteract these changes? Kellett says a hyaluronic acid injectable filler can increase lip volume, smooth our lines and redefine the lip margin. But remember, less is more! Botox can improve the downturned corners of the mouth, and a course of ProFractional laser treatments can boost skin tone and texture. (If you opt for any of these techniques, … Read More »
There are few things sexier than full, luscious lips. Here’s how to pucker to pucker up Angelina-style.
As the million-dollar images of Brad and Angelina’s baby popped up on tabloid covers earlier this year, the buzz was almost audible: Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, even in infancy, had inherited her mother’s killer bee-stung lips. Any woman would kill for a pair of those. But what’s up with that obsession, anyway?
“Big lips are associated not only with youthfulness but also with sensuality and fertility,” says cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett of Toronto’s DLK on Avenue. It’s no wonder so many women today are obsessed with obtaining the look.
The reality, however, is that your lips thin with age (blame it on the decrease in collagen production that begins with each passing year). This translates into a lip-smacking business for manufacturers of injectibles and the dermatologists licensed to apply them. Meanwhile, virtually every cosmetic brand has come up with a concoction designed to achieve that puffy pout.
Which option is better for you? What’s the cost? Does it hurt? Read on.
AT THE DERMATOLOGIST
Forget rosebud lips – you want the full bloom of Julia Roberts. What you don’t want, cautions Dr. Kellett, is a “duck bill” – a … Read More »
Q: I am a woman in my 30’s and I am thinking of having my lips enlarged. I have been told that I might need a test for possible reaction before having the procedure. Is this true?
Dr Lisa Kellett, dermatologist at DLK on Avenue answers: Lip enhancement using Injectable fillers is a very common procedure used to redefine and add volume to the upper and lower lips. There are a number of Injectable fillers available that give semi permanent results lasting 4 months – 18 months. Traditionally, only collagen was used and a skin test was necessary. Currently, synthetic hyaluronic acid fillers and porcine collagen are injected and no test is necessary. Seek out a plastic surgeon or dermatologist, both of which are specialists, for expert treatment to deliver the best results.
—From “Q&A: Lip Enhancement”, B Magazine March, 2007.
While physique trends often change – one year, a curvy body is de rigeur, the next, stick figures are in – our attraction to full, shapely lips never wanes. Case in point: Marilyn Monroe’s lacquered lips are iconic, and Twiggy’s lovely lips are as noteworthy as her stick-thin figure. Other notoriously beautiful lips, past and present, belong to Marlon Brando, Julie Christie, and Ingrid Bergman, as well as Mick Jagger, Goldie Hawn, Penélope Cruz and Julia Roberts. The lip lust these attractive celebs inspired, combined with lips’ susceptibility to wrinkles and thinning, spells one clear statement: lip enhancements are hot.
Dr. Lisa Kellett of Toronto is an expert at creating natural-looking lips. “Most patients want an increase in lip fullness, and some want the shape of their lips changed,” she says. “Some patients are also concerned about fine vertical lines that extend from the lips and cause lipstick to ‘bleed.’” Lip enhancements can improve the look of small, deflated lips, drooping or sagging, lack of colour and wrinkling from smoking or aging. For those seeking the perfect
pout, there are a myriad of treatment options available.
The First Fillers: The original lip enhancement – which debuted in the early ‘80s – contained collagen and silicone. Injected into the lip, it added shape and filled out fine lines. The process is still quite … Read More »
Lately I’ve been bombarded with questions about lips–from soothing chapped ones to plumping up the ones you’ve got. Personally, I’m wondering what to do about wrinkles and dryness. With this in mind, I consulted the pros to answer your five most common lip questions.
What are some things I should know– and questions I should ask–before I visit a dermatologist for lip injections?
I suggest you ask around and speak with other women who have had a lip enhancement. If their lips look natural (watch out for “duck bill syndrome,” where the top lip ends up larger than the bottom one!) and they were happy with their experience, ask them to give you a referral. When you visit the dermatologist, it’s essential you find out how much experience they have handling lip injectibles. Some dermatologists are quick to jump on current trends without receiving the proper training – which could spell disaster – so don’t be afraid to ask. “Currently there are many different fillers available for lips, about 12 in Canada, and you should discuss the risks and benefits of each one,” says Dr. Lisa Kellett, a dermatologist at DLK on Avenue in Toronto, who has been performing lip injections for 12 years.
How can I soften the wrinkles in my lips?
Just like the skin on our … Read More »