The trend for full and big lips continues. Most women dream about beautiful and full lips. There is a large group of women who were gifted a naturally full lips, but unfortunately, not all of us have been gifted with such. There is no need to wring your hands - for those women who are less satisfied with the appearance of their lips, aesthetic medicine comes to the rescue. However, not all of us consider it necessary and do not have to use aesthetic medicine treatments to improve the appearance of our lips and that's okay too!
Hyaluronic acid – what is this?
Hyaluronic acid naturally occurs in the human body. Its basic function is to bind water molecules, thanks to which it moisturizes the skin and makes it elastic. Every year, the amount of hyaluronic acid in our body decreases, the skin is no longer so elastic and moisturized, and wrinkles and furrows appear. Hyaluronic acid is a substance used in aesthetic medicine to model the face, smooth out wrinkles or moisturize the skin and is injected subcutaneously with small needles.
There are two types of hyaluronic acid that are used in aesthetic medicine - cross-linked and non-cross-linked hyaluronic acid. Cross-linked hyaluronic acid is used to fill furrows, smooth wrinkles or facial volumetry, and non-cross-linked hyaluronic acid is used to moisturize the skin.
These two types of acids are also used in lip treatments. Cross-linked hyaluronic acid is used for modeling and filling lips. Its persistence in the place of application depends mainly on the concentration of this acid. The higher the concentration, the longer the effect of filled lips will last, the lower the concentration, the shorter and visually more delicate the effect will be. It can be assumed that the effects of the treatment with cross-linked hyaluronic acid last from 6 to 12 months, and even longer. In turn, non-crosslinked hyaluronic acid is used in dry lips treatments to provide them with hydration. However, in this case, the moisturizing effect lasts much shorter, up to one month.
Lip modeling with hyaluronic acid - when is it worth doing and what does it look like?
Often when we hear that a friend "has her lips done", in our imagination we see this friend with huge, even exaggerated lips that look as if they are about to explode. Well, some ladies actually like this not entirely natural look and that's okay as long as the patient's health doesn't suffer. It must also be admitted that when it comes to undergoing aesthetic medicine treatments, “the appetite grows with eating”. Often, before the first treatment, patients are stressed, afraid of overdrawing and ask for a visible, but at the same time delicate effect. After some time, they get used to their appearance, and the filled lips seem too small again, so they undergo the procedure again. Lip modeling procedure is often called lip augmentation. The aim of the lip modeling procedure is primarily to improve their appearance, i.e. shape, color, structure and symmetry while maintaining the natural proportions of the face. There is no one-size-fits-all lip size obtained through a procedure that would suit every face. The doctor must take a good look at the patient and perform the procedure in such a way that it emphasizes her beauty - after all, that's what aesthetic medicine is for!
The procedure should be performed when the condition of the lips is visibly deteriorated. There are several factors that contribute to the deterioration of our lips. This is exposure to the sun's rays - lips, like skin, also require UV protection, so it's good to get a protective lipstick with a filter. Another factor is simply aging, and therefore a gradual loss of hydration of the skin and lips. The next is simply dissatisfaction and the desire to change the appearance of your lips.
When it comes to what the procedure looks like, at the beginning, the doctor conducts a medical consultation to exclude any contraindications and thus ensure 100% patient safety. Lip modeling, or lip augmentation, involves the introduction of cross-linked hyaluronic acid deep into the epidermis with a needle. For this reason, before the procedure, the doctor will apply an anesthetic directly to the area to be treated. After the specified time, the doctor will wash off the analgesic preparation and proceed to the procedure.
It is worth noting, however, that despite the use of an anesthetic, the procedure is not completely painless. Of course, you can tell your doctor about your low pain threshold, and perhaps the doctor will suggest a stronger anesthetic. However, the lip modeling procedure is accompanied by an unpleasant feeling of tissue expansion immediately after the administration of the acid and it is good to be aware of this.
You have to wait up to two weeks for the final effect of the treatment, until then the preparation should be imperceptible. After two weeks, it is worth going for a check-up to check if everything is okay with your mouth.