Shape, colour, volume? Dr Karen Soh of Privé Clinic weighs in on what makes up a set of ideal lips.
Full and shapely lips not only project youth, sensuality and beauty, but are also associated with gentleness, optimism and approachability. On the other end of the spectrum, thin, pursed lips often affect one’s looks negatively and can make a person look annoyed or angry and frustrated.
What then is the perfect lip shape and how do we achieve that? The ideal lip is a combination of several factors – definition, volume, proportion to the face and each other, colour of the lips and also whether there are fine lines around the lip border. If there are certain aspects of your lips that bother you, don’t despair as there are ways to rectify and enhance them.
Complete lip rejuvenation consists not only of treatment of the lips itself, but of the skin around the lips as well – even including dental work to provide support for the lips as they age. Treatment of vertical lines around the lips can be done with minute injections of filler such as Belotero® and botulinum toxins administered by experienced medical doctors. They may also choose to use lasers to resurface and renew skin around the lips to reduce lines, pigmentation and to improve the skin condition around the lips.
Frequent use of dark lip liners and smoking can result in a permanent dark line around the lips making it look dull and tired. Laser treatments accompanied by gentle chemical peels and topical lighteners can help restore the colour of the lip to its youthful origin. Volume loss is the main complaint for the lips as we age. Lips tend to roll inward and appear thinner, with that can also come the loss of lip definition and volume. This is when a carefully chosen lip filler will be able to restore not only the volume but also the shape, projection and definition of the lips. As we age, there is also a tendency for the corners of the lips to droop and appear downturned, even when it’s in a neutral state. This can project a negative, unfriendly demeanour unintentionally and is caused by volume loss, laxity of the skin around the mouth and also the downward pull of the muscles controlling the corners of the mouth.
Consult an experienced medical professional to address your lip concerns so that they can advice on a treatment that will best suit your needs.
Privé Clinic is located at #03-03 Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Road, Tel: 6737 6639 Website: www.priveclinic.com.