...are something that many of us crave; Bijan Beigi tells us how we can achieve the perfect pout
Bijan Beigi’s advice
Do lips change as you age?
Most certainly. There are a number of tell-tale signs of age which are given away by your lips; thinning is one of the most common. Tiny vertical lines which develop around the lips, as well as lines that emanate from the corners of the mouth to the chin, can also serve to age your face and the corners of your mouth can develop a droop as you get older.
Why does this happen?
Our skin, including the skin on our lips, is kept moist by hyaluronic acid, which absorbs moisture and keeps us looking young. Sadly, our skin loses hyaluronic acid over time which means our skin will show signs of ageing. As our skin is thinnest on the lips, it means this is the area most vulnerable to ageing. There are other factors which also contribute to loss of lip volume and fine lines, including decreased elasticity of the skin, sun damage and the formation of wrinkles and changes in the alignment of the teeth, muscles and jaw structure.
What can we do to reduce the signs of ageing?
Facial fillers can offer an effective solution to ageing lips. To begin with, the filler can be applied to add fullness back to the lips. Filler can also ease the droop at the corner of the mouth and smooth vertical lines.
Is there anything else we can do to enhance our lips?
Filler can also be used to give lips a fuller shape and adjust the proportions of the top and bottom lip if, perhaps you feel that one outweighs the other. We can also add definition to the edges of the lip.
How does it work?
At Norwich Cosmetic Clinic we use a product called Juvederm, which is a smooth gel containing hyaluronic acid which is injected under the skin. The gel fills the lines and wrinkles whilst the hyaluronic acid attracts and retains moisture.
An injection in the face might be daunting for some people. Is it painful?
At the clinic we apply a topical anaesthetic cream to the area as there can be a slight stinging or discomfort at the site of injection, but this typically lasts no longer than 30 seconds. The fillers we use also contain an anaesthetic which helps to alleviate any discomfort associated with the procedure.
Is it safe?
As with any cosmetic procedure, there are risks and the physiology of the human face is highly complicated. So it is absolutely vital that you seek professional advice and that you only go ahead with a treatment which is being administered by a qualified physician whom you trust. Here at the clinic, all fillers are applied only by our consultant surgeons but whoever you use, make sure you ask about their experience and establish a treatment plan you are comfortable with.
For a free consultation with a qualified skincare practitioner at the clinic call 01603 877470. Norwich Cosmetic Clinic Exchange Street, Norwich, NR2 1AT norwichcosmeticclinic.com
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