What to ask: lip injections
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 face, our lips are vulnerable to the effects of too much sun, exposure to the elements and aging. The skin on our lips is generally thinner than the skin on the rest of our face, so it demands a slightly different type of wrinkle treatment. Slathering them with anti-wrinkle face cream won’t cut it. “Loss of moisture is one of the main causes of lip wrinkles,” says Dr. Kellett. The best prevention is to regularly use a lip balm with SPF and wax ester. Wax esters ensure that as much moisture as possible can be maintained on the lip surface, while SPF protects from sun damage.
—Excerpt from “Lip Service” by by Tracy Ho Lung, Chatelaine, October 2006.