Lips. We use them every day for quite a number of things. For eating, drinking, breathing, talking, kissing and even holding papers when our hands are full. Our lips are one of the most overused parts of our body, so it comes as no surprise that as we get older, we begin to see the first signs of ageing on our lips.
As the years whiz by, our lips begin to lose the firmness and plumpness they once had. That’s because our bodies produce less and less of the natural substances that retain moisture, structure and elasticity in our skin. Couple that with the effects of gravity, stress, smoking, sunlight and other environmental factors, and the result is thin, wrinkled and drooping lips.
Taking it All Back
But there is a way to bring back the lost lusciousness of lips, and that’s through lip enhancement or lip augmentation. This procedure involves the injection of dermal fillers into the mouth to once more give it shape, volume and vitality. It’s a relatively common procedure that can help reduce lip wrinkles and add plumpness to the lips for a certain amount of time.
But before you rush into getting your own lips augmented, there are a few things you need to take into consideration first. Not everyone can or should have their lips enhanced, and many physicians will not agree to lip enhancements if certain conditions are not met.
Reason for Enhancement
The first thing you should ask yourself before you even consult a cosmetic surgeon is why you would want to go through with such a procedure in the first place. Are you doing this to please someone else? Are you trying to fit into an ideal image? Or were you simply pressured by peers to do so? If any of these are true, you may want to think twice about going through with the procedure. While it may not involve major surgeries, a lip augmentation procedure still has its risks, so you need to make sure you’re getting it for the right reasons; that the decision to get one is your own and that you are firm with your decision.
Lip Enhancement No-no’s
But reasons are not the only things you should consider. There are several other conditions you need to meet and certain situations you need to consider as well:
- If you’ve already had excessive or exaggerated lip enhancements – While no one can really dictate how you want to look, it is advisable not to have another lip enhancement procedure if you’ve already gone too far with your lip enhancements. As much as possible, aim for a naturally fuller look, not an exaggerated one.
- If you’ve experienced negative side-effects to initial lip enhancement procedures – Many who undergo lip enhancement procedures go through the usual list of aftereffects common to most facial cosmetic procedures, such as redness and tenderness. But other side effects, such as severe swelling and bruising are considered more serious. It’s better not to go through another procedure so soon if you’ve experienced these effects.
- If you have certain habits and illnesses – Those who smoke or are not in good physical condition should think twice about lip augmentation. Those who suffer from infections, Lupus, diabetes, allergies and blood clotting problems are also discouraged from having lip enhancements.
- If you haven’t done your research – Lip augmentation poses real risks if done improperly. Do not go through it without first doing some research and finding a highly qualified facial cosmetic surgeon. Make sure the surgeon you choose is a certified member of their specific medical association, and has years of experience with various types of cosmetic surgery and has client testimonials and client results to prove it.
If you’ve done your research, are in good health and are determined to have those puckers plumped, then you should have no problem getting the best results from lip enhancements.
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By Debra Wright
Debra Wright is a creative online writer who supplies cyberspace with interesting and informative write-ups about her favourite topics including health and beauty. A wide reader and ardent web surfer, she believes she can do anything as long as she has an Internet connection. Follow Debra on twitter @debrawrites…