Lips have gained a tremendous amount of media attention in recent years, encouraging us to ask the question, “What is the perfect lip size and shape”? And while the answer to this is debatable, a recent survey published in the Journal of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery, which surveyed 1,000 people from 35 different countries, suggested that a ratio of 1:1 between the top and bottom lip was the most favourable, claiming more than 60% of the vote.
Thin lips are often genetic and while good genes are favourable, this remains to be a lottery that in reality we have very little say over and for some an increase in volume or definition is desirable. Over the years there have been multiple techniques to enhance lips, such as fat grafting or silicone implants, but these dated techniques have been pushed aside by the dermal filler industry, who offer a far more innovative method of enhancement.
Lip enhancements remain to be one of the most recognised lip filler treatments amongst the general public, with some sadly able to identify at least one person with less then favourable results. But performed correctly, treatment should respect the individual’s natural anatomy and be undetectable to others. Therefore, as ever, the choice of clinician remains absolutely crucial to the treatment outcome.
Dermal fillers range vastly in quality and physical characteristics, with some brands offering a higher calibre of product then others. Examples of popular brands with good longevity and excellent safety records are Juvederm, Teoxane and Belotero, to name but a few. Each of these companies produce Hyaluronic Acid based fillers (HA) that are semi-permanent and dissolvable, making them an incredibly popular choice for treatment.
While beautification remains to be one of the main reasons for seeking lip enhancement, some simply seek out treatment to restore an ageing lip that has become thin or wrinkled through collagen loss, secondary to UV damage, pollution and the general wear and tear associated with daily living activities such as: smoking, sipping through a straw or puckering. In cases like these, dermal fillers can have equally satisfying results and boost confidence dramatically. Correct diagnosis of anatomical structures remains key however in selecting the appropriate treatment and supporting a positive client experience.
If you are interested in learning more about our treatments to improve thin lips, then please refer to the recommended treatments section of this page.