Cosmetic treatments have been growing in demand in recent years and more and more people are opting for non-surgical procedures to further beautify themselves or correct previously botched jobs. But if there’s one treatment that has sky rocketed above all others, it’s lip fillers.
Kick started by (but in no means invented by) Kylie Jenner at the tender age of 17 via Instagram and that episode of KUWTK where Khloe coaxes her into admitting to her fans she had undergone the procedure, we entered an era of the ‘perfect pout’.
Reports indicate that the industry has seen a 50% surge in lip augmentation procedures between 2000 and 2016. Angelina Jolie certainly made us appreciate the naturally plumper pout back in 2000 (remember her in Girl Interrupted?), but it wasn’t until more recently that the fuller lip made waves on social media – particularly by celebrities and their perfectly shaped and voluminous pouts.
Looking back at previous fads it’s fair to say the lip-job has made its way onto this decade’s beauty trend list. Remember the 90s? Overly plucked brows, over-lined lips in a shade much darker than the lipstick, glittery eyeshadow (which made a comeback thanks to the cast of Love Island), multiple plaits, butterfly clips, hair crimping and scrunchies – sometimes all at once! Then there was the d-cup boob job obsession in the noughties and more recently the Kardashian inspired bronzed contour look.
With all that said it was surprising to learn that Kylie took to Instagram in 2018 to respond to a fan’s comment that ‘she looks like the old Kylie’ by confirming that she had all of her lip fillers removed. As you can imagine speculation society had been cranked up to high alert to find out why she had them removed. One source speculated that during her pregnancy she wasn’t getting any lip injections and was also wearing less make up, and she really loved the new, natural look. So, removing her lip injections post-birth is a way of keeping up with her new, more natural appearance… allegedly.
Kylie is now reportedly worth a billion dollars at the age of 21, (just let that sink in for a minute). She has her cosmetics line to thank for her beauty mogul status and we’re wondering whether motherhood has added another dimension to her view of beauty. However, we’re sure that the ‘master of branding’ will be able to juggle both looks, the more natural as well as the Kylie cosmetics full glam look.
Yet, Kylie’s move to a more natural pout probably won’t change the minds of those who are sold on a fuller looking set of smackers. Non-surgical cosmetic treatments generate over £2.75 billion a year – but be wary, as it’s reported that 83 per cent are administered by non-medics.
As non-surgical treatments are increasingly being made available on the high street, it’s important to recognise that these are not your typical set of beauty treatments and should still be regarded as a medical procedure with both benefits and risks associated with it. Before we provide you with our top tips prior to booking your treatment, let us stress that with any cosmetic procedure it’s a decision you need to put a lot of thought into. It should also be 100% your decision, and if it’s your personal choice, don’t let other people’s opinions change that. So, with that said, here are our top tips:
Research your practitioner
(keep reading to find out who we recommend)
This is the most important thing you can do before you book your appointment. To avoid lip disasters (we’ve seen a lot of them) like inserting too much filler, uneven lips and infections, do your research and read the reviews, study the pictures, and most importantly make sure it’s a certified medical practitioner. A good practitioner will be able to ensure your smile remains in balance and that you look authentic. We know how tempting it is to snap up that Groupon deal, but you really want to make sure you’re in good hands and being taken care of by an expert who knows what they’re doing.
Take it slow
When it comes to fillers, regardless of whether you’ve had it done before or if it’s your first time, take it slow. Avoid having overly filled lips that you might regret later – no one, absolutely no one wants to be referred to as ‘duck-lips’. As we age, our lip line fades and believe it or not our overall appearance changes too. What might have looked good a few years back when you first had your lip injections might not be the case now. Some medics allow you to use half a syringe and come back a couple of weeks later for the rest, if you decide that’s what you want, so always remember to be open and honest with your practitioner… they’re your lips, after all.
How big is too big?
Before you even make the appointment, you need to think long and hard about how you want your lips to look. For some, they might feel as if they’ve wasted their money as their lips haven’t changed enough or have changed too dramatically. If you do want a noticeable difference, make sure you communicate this with your practitioner. For a juicier lip, they should insert the filler directly into your lips, but if you want something more natural, they’ll most likely insert the filler on the rim of your lips.
If you’re unsure on how big you think your lips should be, know that your teeth support your lips so uneven teeth can make for uneven lips. If this is the case, you may want to consider speaking to a dentist first.
Another thing to consider when it comes to lip size is to look at your face as a whole and work out how fuller lips will affect the overall proportions of your face. In some cases, volume loss in other areas can affect the way the lips look, (the chin area in particular), and so this can affect how you see the balance of lower to the upper lip.
You can also use a nude lip liner to outline the desired size of your lips and see how this looks in proportion to the rest of your face. Don’t just assume that your voluminous red-lipped Instagram pics will give you a true reflection of what your natural shade of lip will look like once pumped up.
Prep before your appointment
Experts advise that in the lead up to your appointment (about a week beforehand) you must avoid taking any paracetamol, anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen, fish oil, multivitamins or vitamin E. Each of these medications will thin your blood and can cause major bruising post-appointment. It’s also best to avoid alcohol or caffeine 24-hours prior to and after your appointment as this will help reduce the risk of swelling. Arnica tablets – a homeopathic herb that helps reduce bruising – is a good alternative.
Staying hydrated is also key. Drink plenty of water, more than you usually do and keep your lips nice and moisturised with a soft lip balm.
Choose your filler and dosage
Rewind ten years and the only type of filler on the market was collagen. But now there is a whole spectrum of variations – the most common type being hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane. If you’re after juicier lips that emulate Kylie Jenner’s pre-filler-removal look, then Juvederm is the one for you as it contains a slightly higher dose of the hyaluronic acid and can last 6-12 months. Restylane, in most cases is the slightly cheaper option and is great if you’re looking to fill out fine lines and wrinkles and are opting for a more natural look – it lasts for around 6-9 months. The typical amount of filler per session is one syringe, which is normally 1 ml. However, if you’re after the ‘Kylie Jenner’ lip you should probably opt for 2 or 3 ml – but remember what we said… take it slow!
The results are almost instant
The appointment usually only takes an hour and a lot of that is taken up by speaking with your medical practitioner, so that you can tell them what you want, (what you really, really want!). Your doctor will then pinpoint using a white marker where they’ll insert the filler. After the treatment you’ll be able to see the results pretty much straight away but do expect some bruising – they might not be ready for ‘gram immediately, although any swelling should go down within three days.
It’s not pain-free
Okay we’re not going to lie to you, or sugar coat the pain factor – it hurts, a lot. Most people get a numbing cream before the filler is inserted to help cope with the pain, especially when it’s injected into the cupid’s bow – ouch! But if you’re a tough cookie we would advise against this because the numbing cream naturally swells your lips. This means it’s a lot harder to gauge the true effect of the filler when it’s being done. So ditch the numbing cream, go on you brave soul, you can do it.
Know the risks
Lip fillers are often referred to as a ‘lunchtime procedure’, which can lead to the assumption that it’s completely risk-free. This is not true. There’s still a possibility of an allergic reaction and it could also lead to an infection. Another point to note is if you’re prone to these, having lip filler could trigger a cold sore, so it’s best to take cold sore medication three days before your treatment.
Regis recommends: Kanvas Cosmetics
We understand the importance of picking a trusted practitioner, particularly for a treatment as personal as lip injections. That’s exactly why we’ve teamed up with Kanvas Cosmetics who are a team of medical practitioners and are one of the UK’s most trusted cosmetic specialists. We’ve done the research, so you don’t have to! Their treatments are now available at selected Regis salons nationwide – so your dream of fuller lips is more in reach than you think!
Get in touch with Kanvas Cosmetics to discover the services on offer and book your appointment, or you can pop in to your local Regis salon to find out more. So far we’ve had visits from the likes of Love Island’s Charlie Williams (pictured above), Ex on the beach cast member and beauty blogger Loren Green and Survival of the Fittest star Warren Phillips and his influencer girlfriend Maria Musa.
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