We doubt Kylie Jenner herself could have imagined that the world would become obsessed with lip fillers after she decided to have her lips injected at the tender age of 17.
Her pout is now so famous that it is coveted by women everywhere and has even resulted in her launching a range of uber successful lip kits. There is no denying that the teenager has considerable influence, in particular on young girls who admire her flawless appearance and glamorous lifestyle. Her lips even sparked the dangerous ‘shot glass’ craze, where those wanting the bee stung lips effect would place their mouth over the opening of a cup or glass and suck in until the air vacuum caused their lips to swell up.
It could be said that her lips were the making of her – they certainly contributed to her being catapulted into the limelight. As a consequence of her lips she is now as widely followed on social media as her older sisters the Kardashians, and attracts almost as much press attention after previously being somewhat in their shadow. But what would make such a young girl want to alter her appearance in that way? Kylie was already beautiful, but seemed to want a more unnatural appearance to her lips.
Her lip fillers were not subtle ones – and yet for a year she denied she had undergone any injections at all until she finally admitted to the procedure on an episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians. Although the shot glass craze was of course not Kylie’s fault, her denying she had lip-fillers possibly lead some to believe that her pout was achievable via less invasive methods. Kylie’s decision to have lip fillers no doubt left many parents despairing, as their similar- age daughters were desperate to emulate her.
Lip fillers, as with any cosmetic intervention, are not without risk, and of course, her decision to undergo them at such a young age was controversial. There was much debate as to whether Kylie was old enough to make the decision for herself and also much criticism of her new look. Kylie has since admitted that she went overboard when she first underwent fillers in 2014, admitting her pout was initially way over the top. That did not stop thousands of women wanting to replicate her look.
OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO THOSE WANTING TO PLUMP UP THEIR POUTS
Fuller lips with more definition can be achieved in less than half an hour with lip fillers. At a cost of around £200 to £300 depending on how much filler is required, lip fillers can help restore natural fullness lost in the ageing process as well as give fuller lips to anyone wishing to add shape, structure and volume to their lips. Lip fillers are the most common type of lip augmentation and are most commonly made from Hyaluronic Acid.
The effects of lip fillers typically last around six months. After that more injections are needed to keep the volume of lips. There are several hyaluronic acid fillers on the market, such as Restylane and Juvéder m, Teoysal Kiss. All hyaluronic acid fillers are injected the same way and give similar results, some also contain lignocaine, a local anesthetic.
The benefits of Hyaluronic Acid Fillers are that once injected, the gel in the filler supports and shapes the tissues of the lip enabling the practitioner to control the amount of lip volume that is created. These types of fillers can also be dissolved should something go wrong – using a special enzyme called Hyalase. This does not mean that there are no side effects: it is not unusual for those undergoing injections to suffer bruising and a degree of swelling, and some people find that lip fillers can be painful. It is imperative to check the credentials of anyone you allow to perform an aesthetic intervention. They must be skilled, qualified and experienced. Avoid the temptation to save money by opting for a special offer.
It is possible that someone offering a too good to be true offer is not qualified or experienced to carry out the procedure. It is always better to opt for someone reputable. Saving a few pounds is not worth the risk of having your face permanently disfigured. And do not, however big the temptation, try and inject fillers yourself. A YouTube tutorial can never, ever be a substitute for a qualified professional.
For a more permanent fix, implants made from saline or silicone can be injected into the lips, or alternatively fat can be grafted from elsewhere on the body and injected into the lips. Costing much more at around £2,000 – £3,000 these implants can be more problematic to remove should something go wrong.
There is a possibility that the lip might become infected or that the graft may not take and may have to be removed. There is the possibility of infection, hardening and scarring with the silicone implants, and also the possibility of an allergic reaction leading to redness, itching and tenderness.
This is rare and can be treated by removing the implant. Implants are beneficial to those who don’t want to spend few hundred pounds once or twice a year on fillers. Again, you must thoroughly research the procedure and your surgeon before undergoing any lip implant surgery. Recovery from surgery takes around a month. Although the implants are “permanent” some reabsorption will likely occur over time but it is likely that more than half of the implant will remain.
LIP PLUMPING PRODUCTS
For those wanting less invasive means of plumping up their lips, there are several products on the market that will help do this. From lip plumping glosses available from around £10, to more expensive products claiming to plump out wrinkles leading to a more pillowlike look, plumping products have come a long way in the last few years. Many contain peptides that boost the body’s ability to produce collagen that will plump up the lips over time; others contain products like menthol, which increases microcirculation leading to better blood flow to the lips. Many find these products to be effective, if short-lasting.
LIP PLUMPING DEVICES
There are many bizarre looking contraptions on the market that claim to plump up lips. Most are suction type devices that claim to increase the blood flow to the area and subsequently a plumper effect. They can be quite effective in temporarily increasing the size of the lips thanks to the vacuum effect of the device, and have the added bonus of being available from only a few pounds. Examples are Fullips (www.fullips.com). These devices are certainly preferable to cups and glasses.