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Al­though it looks as if lip fillers may have lost their most fa­mous fan, with Kylie Jen­ner claim­ing she’s de­flated her fa­mous pout, the casts of Love Is­land and Married

at First Sight are pro­vid­ing quite enough free ad­ver­tis­ing. Here in Aotearoa, celebrity en­dorse­ment is less of a con­cern for those con­sid­er­ing the treat­ment — it’s more about want­ing to look a bit less tired and mis­er­able.

“Clients are often con­cerned with thin lips, dry­ness or fine lines above their top lip,” says Smi­tee Ranch­hod, se­nior ap­pear­ance medicine nurse at Skin In­sti­tute Wellington, adding that the age­ing process is to blame for slack­en­ing around the mouth. “Mouth frown or shad­ow­ing around the cor­ners of the mouth is also some­thing we see, where clients feel like they look sad or grumpy.

“Der­mal fillers can be used to de­fine, shape and sup­port the lips, and soften lines around the mouth. Made from hyaluronic acid, they’re su­per hy­drat­ing for the lips, so they can re­store your nat­u­ral lip colour and make them look younger and smoother.”

Lift­ing the sides of the mouth, min­imis­ing ‘mar­i­onette’ lines, slim­ming the jaw and bal­anc­ing slightly asym­met­ric lips can all be achieved with Botox or fillers as well.

New of­fer­ings Vo­lite (aka ‘in­jectable mois­turiser’) and Belkyra (which elim­i­nates a dou­ble chin) are other treat­ments that are boost­ing the smor­gas­bord of op­tions for im­prov­ing the area around the mouth.

One of the most sur­pris­ing 'smile-in­duc­ing’ side ef­fects for ap­pear­ance-medicine treat­ments? Stud­ies have found that peo­ple re­port im­prove­ment in the symp­toms of de­pres­sion af­ter treat­ment with Botox for ten­sion and frown lines on the fore­head.

THE FU­TURE IS NOW Ac­cord­ing to den­tal ex­pert Dr Andrea Shep­per­son, the emerg­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties for im­prov­ing teeth are worth smil­ing about. As New Zealand’s only Dig­i­tal Smile De­sign master and in­struc­tor, she trav­els in­ter­na­tion­ally to un­cover new trends and demon­strate the op­tions dig­i­tal de­sign af­fords. Her notes on the lat­est de­vel­op­ments? • “Face scan­ning is the lat­est layer of anal­y­sis we can use in our plan­ning.” • “First Fit is a tech­nique in which ve­neer prepa­ra­tions are de­signed dig­i­tally and trans­ferred to the mouth with pre-made ve­neers ready to fit on the same day. No tem­po­raries, beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral shapes, an im­me­di­ate smile.” • “Con­ser­va­tive, in­jectable ve­neers are us­ing mod­ern, flow­able, tooth-coloured ma­te­ri­als to re­shape teeth in younger pa­tients, with­out ag­gres­sive enamel re­moval.” • “Ro­botic im­plant place­ment is now hap­pen­ing in the US with FDA ap­proval.”

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