Lips have always been one of the attractive features of the human face. No wonder then that a great deal of care and attention is lavished on them to get that perfect look. The skin of the lips is easily the most delicate and sensitive part and they reflect the health of an individual. Soft pink lips are the sign of good health and metabolism while pale lips can indicate signs of illness or bad health.
Ever since news about celebrities undergoing treatments and enhancements to create perfect lip shapes hit headlines, the focus on having ‘perfect lips’ has only increased multifold. It immediately brings to mind speculations about cosmetic procedures that Angelina Jolie or Kylie Jenner underwent to give their lips the perfect look.
Lip enhancement has always been an integral part of a woman’s personal care routine from time immemorial; the habit of outlining lips to make them appear smaller or fuller has been followed since olden days. Applying colors and dyes to the lips to make them a stand-out feature has also been a practice that is not recent. However, it is only in recent times that lip enhancements have taken the form of surgical procedures and implants to alter their shape.
As we age, the skin around the eyes and lips develop wrinkles and start to sag. This greatly alters the shape of the lips making them appear to droop or become flat especially along the ‘V’ of the upper lip. For those in the limelight such as showbiz, appearance counts a lot and many undertake cosmetic procedures to delay ageing. The aspect of ageing gracefully is another matter altogether!
Lip augmentation is the most common cosmetic surgery on the lips; it is a non-surgical procedure that increases the fullness of lips using fillers which are injected into the lips. But these are temporary in nature and have to be redone every six to nine months.
Benefits of lip fillers
For women with naturally thin or lips that are thinning with advancing age, lip fillers offer:
• A better, more defined smile
• Youthful appearance and fuller lips
• A solution for droopy corners
But in the midst of so much paranoia about looking good and being concerned about appearance all the time, many people tend to forget that such cosmetic procedures always have their share of risks and downsides. Blotched plastic surgeries for enhancement and alteration have made news headlines all over the world, in some cases even causing the death of the person concerned. In a few instances, people have resorted to committing suicide because a procedure that was supposedly termed ‘minor’ or ‘harmless’ actually caused so much damaged preventing them from being seen in public altogether.