How to Get your Prettiest Pout for Valentine’s Day

Cupid’s bow, Hersey’s kisses, candy lips – Valentine’s Day was practically made to celebrate one of our most prominent facial features. For many, full lips are the ultimate sign of both youth and sensuality. On the flip side, thinner lips can be a major source of discomfort and self-consciousness for many. With the holiday of love right around the corner, now is the perfect time to upgrade your pout. 

Whether your goal is a subtle enhancement with Volbella fillers or a sultry smile that calls for a lip lift, there’s a lip enhancement treatment that can be customized for you. Before diving into your options, there are a few things you should know about lip-augmentation.

There’s a Reason We Love Large Lips

Whether it’s in the movies or on social media – large lips are an indisputable part of today’s definition of beauty. Thanks to Instagram influencers like Kylie Jenner coming out and admitting how the procedure has helped boost their self-confidence, the stigma around this form of cosmetic treatment has diminished tremendously. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of patients pursuing minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures increased to 15.9 million in 2018 – a 2% increase from the previous year. 

Building self-confidence isn’t the only reason why more women are turning to lip augmentation – there’s a scientific argument that points to our natural inclination towards larger lips. According to some scientists, full lips are an evolutionary signal indicating a person’s youth and vitality. Higher collagen levels during youth lead to a naturally full pucker which can be difficult to maintain as our bodies face external damage. Other experts also point to ancestral interpretations of full lips equating to good health. As certain illnesses can impact lip appearance, it’s not too hard to believe that we’re genetically inclined towards a fuller, rosy pout versus thin and pale lips.

There are Multiple Options

When it comes to actually increasing lip size, patients have plenty of treatment options that can help them get the Hollywood pout they’ve been dreaming of. Among the most popular and most successful lip augmentation options include dermal fillers, lip lift, and vermillion lip advancement.

Volbella and Dermal Fillers

For many, lip augmentation using dermal fillers is the best solution. Non-invasive dermal fillers like Juvéderm® Volbella are made from naturally-occurring hyaluronic acid. Dermal filler treatments also allow patients to customize the shape and size of their lip augmentation. This can range from treating signs of aging like smoker’s lines to adding supplemental volume to the upper and lower lips. As the results last anywhere from six to 12 months, this option is an excellent trial procedure for women exploring more permanent lip augmentation solutions but who aren’t ready to take the full plunge.

Keyhole Pout

For patients considering a more dramatic transformation, dermal fillers are instrumental to one of the most popular lip augmentations. Called the keyhole pout for the characteristic “keyhole” created between the lips, this non-surgical lip enhancement starts with your specialist placing a string against your upper lip and at the center of your lower lip. Dermal filler such as Juvéderm® Volbella is injected into both lips while the string is held in place – thus creating the tiny opening between the lips.

Lip Lift

Looking for a more permanent lip enhancement? A lip lift is an excellent surgical augmentation that can be made to correct sagging lips and an elongated philtrum (the skin between the nose and the upper lip). During the procedure, excess skin is taken from the area above the lip while the delicate lip skin is then pulled up and out. This “lifts” the position of the upper lip, permanently creating the appearance of a fuller pout.

Vermillion Lip Advancement

Another popular surgical lip enhancement, vermillion lip advancement is used to create the appearance of large lips by increasing the amount of visible pink skin. During the treatment, the vermillion (the reddish boundary separating facial skin and lip tissue) is delicately repositioned farther from the center of the mouth. This accentuates the visibility of lip tissue, creating a fuller look.

Visiting an Experienced Specialist Will Ensure Great Results  

Like any other cosmetic procedure, the best results are achieved when you visit a professional like Dr. Cosgrove. At Desert Med Aesthetics, our Indian Wells specialist is among the greater Palm Springs’ leading experts in lip augmentation. To learn more about finding the right path to your perfect pout, call 760-777-8772 today or schedule your consultation online.