Once upon a time, doctors and artists came up with a 2:3 ratio for the ideal lip shape, with the lower lip slightly larger than the top. However, a study published in the Journal of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery in 2017 came to a different conclusion.
The researchers surveyed 1,011 women and men from 35 countries worldwide and found that 60% preferred a 1:1 lip ratio in females. They also preferred a pronounced cupid’s bow. Respondents were both from the general public and plastic surgeons.
If you’re unhappy with your lips, you may know what you want to change. Maybe you were born with thin lips that don’t feel sexy to you. Or perhaps you’ve lost lip volume through the years and wish to reclaim what was once yours.
You may also be unhappy with your lips but don’t quite know why. Perhaps your lips are asymmetrical. Or they don’t seem to balance with your other features. Dermal fillers, such as Juvéderm®, and a consultation with an aesthetics expert can help.
Tiffany Su, MD, an aesthetic and wellness expert at Skin Shop MedSpa in Houston, Texas, recommends Juvéderm fillers for many of her patients who wish to change their lip shape or volume. Here’s why.
Did you know that your body naturally produces a substance called hyaluronic acid (HA)? When your skin is full of HA, it retains moisture to stay plump, firm, and healthy. You even use HA to lubricate your joints to keep them moving smoothly and freely.
Unfortunately, one of the consequences of living a long, rich life is that your stores of HA deplete. Not just that, your HA “factory” slows down production, too, so you don’t replenish your HA. Without sufficient HA, your skin grows thinner and more fragile. The result is wrinkles, creases, and thin lips.
Juvéderm is an aqueous gel that’s rich in HA. When Dr. Su injects your lips with
Juvéderm, she instantly replenishes or augments the HA in your lips. Because your body is familiar with HA, you don’t have any allergic reaction to the substance, which closely mimics your own HA.
Depending on your needs, Dr. Su selects one of several Juvéderm formulations that can be used to augment or reshape lips. If you need just a touch of volume to compensate for aging lips, Juvéderm Volbella® might be the best choice.
If you’d like a more dramatic difference, however, Dr. Su may select Juvéderm Ultra. This thick HA filler adds volume and shape wherever it’s injected. Thin lips become pouty and kissable. She may also use a combination of the two fillers to even out asymmetries that you’d like to correct.
When you create a sexy pout or restore volume to your lips with Juvéderm, the effects are instantaneous. Unlike neuromodulators, which take days to weeks to work, HA dermal fillers change your lip volume and shape directly after your injection.
Now, just because your lips are kissable doesn’t mean you should allow anyone to kiss you right after your treatment! Even though the injections are painless, due to lidocaine, that’s part of the Juvéderm formula, you may be a little sore or swollen for a day or two. But you can feel confident, knowing that when you’re ready to kiss, you’re more kissable than ever.
You may need to cut your hair every couple of months or wax your legs or bikini line monthly. But with Juvéderm, your lips maintain their sexy new pout or rejuvenating volume for up to a year at a time. If you gift yourself with beautifully shaped and voluminous lips for the holidays this year, you may not need a touch-up til next holiday season.
You don’t have to make do with the lips that nature gave you (or took away!). With Dr. Su’s help, you can design the perfect shape, symmetry, and volume that flatters your facial shape. Full, pouty lips also give your entire face a lift. Full lips make you look instantly younger and even friendlier.
Get the lips you dream of by phoning our friendly team at 713-701-1717 for a Juvéderm appointment. You can also book your appointment at your convenience with our online form.