Each year, fashion trends come and go as new styles surpass the old. Do cosmetic trends follow the same pattern? While cosmetic procedures like breast augmentation have been prominent in modern medicine forever, other cosmetic procedures are somewhat “new in town”. Attempting to increase the size or shape of the lips has been around since tribal people used bones, sticks and other materials to enhance their upper and lower lips. By the 80s and 90s, modern medicine got a grasp on lip filler injections and bovine collagen took lip injections to new heights. However, there were issues with this method including an increase in allergic reactions and inconsistent results. In addition, “bigger is better” seemed to take over many portions of the body including big hair, big lips, big breasts and big butts. Will the “bigger is better” trend continue with lips in 2018?
The idea of “bigger is better” is NOT moving forward in 2018 with lip augmentation. Gone are the days of large, over-pouty duck lips as many people find look overfilled and grotesque rather than desirable. When entering a room, your lips should not be the first thing people see. So, if bigger lips are out, what is in style in 2018? This year is all about creating facial balance and this includes lip augmentation that matches the person’s face.
While bovine collagen is still available, fillers that are comprised of hyaluronic acid are the most popular treatment for injectables that enhance the lips. There are many different types of dermal fillers so patients should ask their doctor which is the best option to achieve their desired results.
Injectable fillers to treat various concerns or imperfections are steadily rising and increasing in sophistication. Modern medicine has developed new technology to evaluate the anatomy of the face and provide the best enhancements possible. These advancements allow an injector with highly refined skills to provide superior results. For this reason, potential patients need to do research to find a properly skilled injector with knowledge of new techniques and technology.
Patients still looking for an organic option may choose to do a fat transfer. A fat transfer involves taking fat from the patient’s own body and injecting it in the lips. However, this technique consists of having liposuction to remove the fat from another part of the body. Nevertheless, patients wanting to shed unwanted fat from the abdomen, thighs or other areas can benefit from this type of lip augmentation.