...are some­thing that many of us crave; Bi­jan Beigi tells us how we can achieve the per­fect pout

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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 nor­wich­cos­met­ic­

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