The secret of ideal lips is not a secret anymore. Smooth, wrinkle-free, spotless skin with a sensual volume and healthy color — the recipe for perfect lips is no longer a mystery. However, constant stress, environmental pollution, and aging can take a toll on even the most perfect pout. Fortunately, with the advent of advanced cosmetology, almost any lip problem can be effectively treated. Tatiana Galiuta, a first-class cosmetologist and beauty expert for WS magazine, reveals how to restore youthful beauty to your lips.
So, you’ve decided to go for a cosmetological treatment for your lips? Great! To ensure that you end up with beautiful, natural-looking lips, here are some simple rules to follow:
Firstly, research the treatment you’re considering carefully. What medicines will the doctor be using? Who is the specialist you’re entrusting your beauty to? I recommend choosing a specialist with medical education and a solid reputation. A good doctor constantly updates their knowledge and skills, and applies them in practice. Remember, you’re not a guinea pig in some shady experiment, you’re a valuable client seeking to improve your appearance.
Make sure the medicines that the doctor will be using have been tested, and check if you’re allergic to any of the ingredients. The specialist must provide you with information about the contents of the medicine. Also, a real professional only works with certified producers. You can even ask the doctor to show you a certificate confirming that the medication meets international standards. If the doctor refuses, I recommend finding another center with clear and transparent practices. If you have any doubts at all, trust your intuition. Take your time, schedule consultations with two or even three doctors.
Listen to the options they offer you, and make sure you and the doctor have the same aesthetic vision. Don’t be afraid to ask «silly» questions. Find out what kind of results you can expect, what side effects may occur, how often the doctor performs the procedure on other clients, and what happens if the outcome differs from what you expected. Who is responsible if the treatment doesn’t go as planned?
Don’t make decisions hastily. Take the time to gather information about the procedure to ensure you’re in good hands. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and avoid running to court later to correct someone else’s mistake.
Make sure that this treatment is something you really want for yourself, not something someone else is persuading you to do — whether it’s a friend, mother, or husband. But if it’s a matter of lacking self-confidence, that’s understandable too. Just don’t act on your emotions or fear. Wait a bit and make a deliberate decision.
Once you’ve found «your» doctor and are ready for the treatment, focus on a positive outcome and don’t let yourself get too worked up. Extra stress won’t make the visit to the doctor any more pleasant.
Once you’ve found the right doctor, it’s time to treat yourself to the lip correction you’ve been wanting. With a wide range of medicines registered in the market for lip correction, including 20 types of hyaluronic acid, each with their own unique features, specialists typically use only a few of them based on their personal preferences. Personally, I prefer long-term medicines over those that need to be renewed every 3-4 months.
It’s important to note that there are different approaches for young and mature patients when it comes to lip correction. The doctor should understand the client’s desired outcome and there is no one-size-fits-all recipe. The main goal is to achieve a natural-looking correction, creating the illusion that the client was born with those lips and didn’t just purchase the result. Avoid «duck» or «dumpling» lips, and instead, improve the appearance of your lips gradually over several treatments.
Before the treatment, it’s important to consider the form and volume of lips you want to achieve. Specify your desired outcome to yourself and your doctor, whether you want plumper lips, a different form, precise contour, or all three. However, not every form of lips will be attractive for your face type, so find a picture of the lips you want and show it to your doctor. They will be able to explain if such a form is suitable for your facial proportions and overall appearance.
If your goal is to look younger, keep in mind that you don’t have to change a lot. Instead of offering to enlarge or change the shape of your lips, I would recommend trying to return them to their appearance 5-10 years ago. This way, your lips will look natural and in harmony with your face proportions and age. Keep in mind that as we age, the resorption of face bones takes place and sometimes correction of other zones may also be necessary to achieve a natural-looking result.
As we age, the distance between the nose and upper lip tends to increase, which can be an unwelcome change for many people. This not only elongates the area but also covers the upper teeth, and some people even experience this lip position at a younger age. Fortunately, there are several treatments available to correct it. One such non-invasive option is ultrasound, which can effectively reduce this distance. If ultrasound alone is not enough, another option is an upper lip lift, which involves a small incision at the base of the nose to lift the lip tissue. However, it’s important to note that this is a more radical measure and is typically performed by a plastic surgeon.
Avoid using vacuum pumps to enlarge your lips, as frequent use may cause broken capillaries around the mouth, which can be unattractive. It is never recommended to get silicone injections for lip augmentation, as they do not dissolve and can cause changes in your facial structure every 3-5 years. You can easily find pictures of the unpleasant consequences of this procedure online. Do not consider surgical lifting of the upper lip unless there is a significant distance between your nose and upper lip that needs correction.
Taking care of your lips at home is no secret to achieving beautiful lips. It doesn’t take much time, but the results are evident. For daily care, try using an electric toothbrush to massage your lips. For moisturizing, use a balm at night that takes care of your lips and ensures their fullness while you sleep. Renewal and hydration are an excellent base and play an important role in everyday care.
If you want fuller lips, try using products that have an irritating effect. For many years, girls have used cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and peppermint to make their lips appear fuller, brighter, and more sensual. These products naturally irritate the lips by bringing blood to this region. By the way, these ingredients are the basis of lip glosses and lip balms that promise to enlarge lips. Unfortunately, the effect only lasts for 2-3 hours.
Photo: Evgenia Muzheva
Model: Doctor Tatiana Galuta
Muah: Olga Green
Illustrator: Olga Вalai
Beauty Clinic: Sensa