The lips frame the mouth and are a major focal point for the lower face. They are an important aesthetic component of the face. The main lip concerns that we come across are generally related to having thin lips, asymmetry and poor definition. At City Skin Clinic, we see many clients who wish to emphasise their lips by increasing fullness or definition through lip enhancement.
Most people are simply born with thinner or less defined lips so in general its a familial trait. There are however some environmental factors which can cause thinning of the lips or loss of definition. The two biggest causes are ageing and smoking. Both these reduce the collagen and elastin content of the skin and hence lead to loss of lip volume and definition over time. Smoking (or the action involved), as well as ageing, also result in the formation of fine lines around the lip line (also known as Smokers’ lines). This gives the appearance of a puckered and irregular lip margin.
First of all, there is nothing wrong with having thin lips or lack of lip definition. In fact, many people have a face structure which is better suited to this. If you do want a fuller and more defined lip, it is extremely important to ensure that any treatment is designed to suit your general face shape and appearance. Natural looking lip enhancement needs to be bespoke and carried out by an expert. There are a number of lip enhancement treatments that we offer and these depend on your requirements and aims:
– Lip enhancement with dermal fillers: hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are highly effective if you wish to better define lips, reshape lips or increase lip fullness. They can also be used to correct lip asymmetry and any deep marionette lines below the lips.
– Anti-wrinkle injection for smokers’ lines and perioral wrinkles: a combination of Botox and low viscosity resilient hyaluronic acid dermal fillers smoothes out lines around the mouth, restores lip structure and creates a well-defined lip margin.