If you long for luscious lips, or pine for a plumper pout, you’re certainly not alone. Big lips have long been big business.
Ever since the early days of the Hollywood studios, stars have known the value of making their most of their mouths. From the scarlet lips of Marilyn Monroe in the fifties, to the fulsome kissers of Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson today, big is most certainly beautiful where lips are concerned.
Which is a bit unfortunate if you were born with thin lips. However, the great news for those of us who were not blessed with naturally full lips is that there are inexpensive ways to get them.
Lip enhancement is a popular cosmetic procedure that can give you either a temporary boost or permanent results, depending on the technique you choose to enhance your lips.
Implants vs Fillers
Each method for lip enhancement has its own advantages and disadvantages. If you are looking for a less-invasive, but more short-term boost to the size of your lips, lip filler injections are the way to go. But if you’d rather a permanent increase in lip volume, PermaLip implants may be the better choice for you. Let’s take a closer look at each method.
Injectable Lip Fillers
Lip filler injections are a very quick treatment to perform, minimally invasive, and adjustable. The amount of filler in your lips can be gradually topped up until you are satisfied with their size.
Lip fillers are usually made from hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance in the body. This makes them very safe, but also means that the body will gradually reabsorb them over time. For this reason, lip fillers generally last around 6 months before a top-up will be needed.
Many people prefer the idea of permanent results when it comes to enhancing their looks. This definitely seems to be the case with lip implants – a quick look at Google Trends confirms that PermaLip’s popularity is on the up.
PermaLip implants consist of a robust outer skin enclosing a silicone gel centre – exactly the same as a breast implant, but on a much smaller scale. They are, of course, also a very different shape. To mimic the natural shape of the lips, PermaLip implants are “torpedo” shaped – thicker toward the centre and tapered at each end. The implants are inserted under local anaesthetic, with no overnight hospital stay required.
“PermaLip implants”, says plastic surgeon Adrian Richards, who offers lip enhancement at his own clinic, “offer a permanent increase in the size of your lips, and allow you complete control over exactly how big you want to go. Unlike lip fillers, there is no gradual reduction in size, and you won’t need to have any further treatment once the implants are in place.”
As you can see, both methods of lip enhancement have their advantages and disadvantages. It is simply a question of deciding what is most important to you before going ahead with treatment – and doing plenty of research beforehand.
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Kerry Greasley is a professional Copywriter working in the aesthetic industry.