Natural Lips

January 12, 2011

Obviously your lips are a focal point of your face during any social interaction. Not only do they do all the talking but they play a central role in conveying your emotions and according to research, they have significant influence on your sexual attractiveness.  Generally, fuller lips are associated with youthfulness, vibrancy and sensuality.

For most people who are considering lip enhancement, the main concern is a result which is commonly referred to as the “trout pout”. This happens in cases where the filler is used excessively, is badly placed, or both. The reality is that in the hands of an experienced practitioner, most people would never guess you’ve had any treatment at all.  In fact, the primary objective of the treatment is to reshape the lips while retaining a totally natural look.

For example, lips can look unnatural because too much filler is placed in the lip line border. This depends on the individual’s requirements.  Younger people rarely need enhancement to the line border, however, mature age people can benefit from replacing the shrunken lip line border which causes vertical lip lines and lipstick bleed.

Although many patients are concerned that their lips will be too big, in practice this is rarely the case. Patients often come in saying they don’t want to look like Angelina Jolie…however it would require about three vials of filler to achieve a similar size. Most treatments use 1 vial!

Most people are surprised to learn that filler does not usually significantly change the shape of the lips. Rather, it enhances the volume and voluptuousness of the lips…although it  can help to elevate the corners of the mouth to create a playful smile effect which can give one a slightly happier and relaxed  look rather than having the “down in the mouth”, unhappy look that sometimes comes with age and detracts from your aura of vibrancy.

It’s worth noting that the lips are red because they have so many blood vessels. This naturally increases the risk of bruising when injecting lips as compared to other areas of the face. Bruising often lasts for 5 days or so and can be minimized with darker lipsticks.

A little residual swelling can persist for up to two weeks. Interestingly, it is quite common for people to initially be unsettled by the swelling and even to temporarily regret their decision to have their lips injected.  Then, within a day or two, people “fall in love” with the swelling and increased volume and become disappointed when the swelling disappears.

It’s not unusual for it to take some time to adjust your self image to the new look. It’s like  getting your haircut at the hairdressers …often you want to go home and shampoo and blow dry it yourself …because it takes some time to adjust to the new look.

Of course, you can always top up your filler and increase the volume whenever you want. You don’t have to wait the 9 months it usually takes before the filler disappears. Interestingly, the filler can last 9 months but for some it can last up to 5 years …although these cases are few and far between .

Lip enhancing treatments are a quick, easy and cost effective way of restoring a youthful aura and vibrancy to your look.

– Dr. Ingrid Tall

Trilogy Face Lift – a non surgical treatment program

October 31, 2010

Non surgical treatments are increasing in popularity while the traditional ‘knife or scalpel’ facelift is falling out of favour. Why?  Because techniques to help maintain a fresh and youthful appearance have progressed significantly and drastic measures, involving the cutting and removal of sagging flesh, are obviously best avoided if you can help it!

While spot treatments can result in a significant improvement to a particular problem area, a more global, multi faceted approach makes a lot of sense. The Trilogy Facelift neatly packages three treatment approaches that work in synergy to address the three underlying causes of aging.

1. Reshaping. – As we age, not only does our skin become less supple but there are underlying changes that take place in the structure of the bones, fat and muscles around the face. So the foundation to restoring a more youthful appearance is to use a dermal filler that have been developed specifically to fill out and reshape sagging and hollowed areas.  In particular the areas around the cheeks, mouth, brow, under the eyes and temple hollows can benefit significantly from this reshaping approach.

2. Rejuvenation – As we age, diminishing collagen production results in a loss of elasticity and thickness of the skin which in turn leads to sagging and wrinkling. So in conjunction with a reshaping treatment, a complete treatment regime also targets lines and wrinkles with other types of products. Some products act to fill out lines and wrinkles immediately while others help the skin regain a firm and youthful appearance by restoring skin volume that has been naturally lost.

3. Relaxing – Another factor that plays a role in the aging process is muscle memory and tension in the muscles around the face. Through a process of continual repetitive of facial expressions, we develop what are sometimes referred to as ‘character’ lines. This effect is most notable around the brow and between the eyebrows. Muscle relaxants can target these areas and relax these muscles. This not only relaxes the muscles but also breaks the muscle memory cycle which would otherwise lead to a gradual deepening of the existing lines.

The Trilogy Facelift reshapes the contours of your face to return more youthful curves, rejuvenates and restores the suppleness and vibrancy of your skin, and relaxes the tension in the underlying muscular map. So now, instead of looking in the mirror and seeing someone staring back who looks 10 years older than you feel, your outer self can reflect your dynamic inner self.

– Dr. Ingrid Tall