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Lip Injections Are Officially the New Botox
What's going on with Kylie Jenner's mouth? It's the big question on everyone's lips these days, and if the teens doing the #KylieJennerLipChallenge are any indication, a full pout is where it's at.
Don't expect the trend to flame out anytime soon. In fact, it's only going to become more mainstream. And for many women, it's not the #KylieJennerLipChallenge, but lip injections that will get them the mouth they want.
"Interest in lip injections has definitely increased over the past few years," says Courtney Daniels, who's worked in the beauty industry for four years and currently serves as a receptionist at a Los Angeles-based aesthetic medical practice. "It's probably the most common treatment of all the injectables. Lip fillers were always popular on the down low, but they were considered taboo before. Now everybody talks about it like it ain't no thing."
Lip injections are so popular, in fact, that Daniels's practice is no longer able to accommodate new clients. (Daniels has asked that her place of employment remain anonymous to protect the identities of her A-list clientele, which include actresses, members of theReal Housewivesfranchise, and other Beverly Hills professionals — women who "need to look perfect," she says.)
The 28-year-old native Angeleno started getting lip injections herself about a year and a half ago. She had always wanted a fuller top lip, she says, but didn't feel comfortable getting an injection until she started working for her boss, who is "very famous for her lip procedures." Daniels made sure that her lips wouldn't look artificial and obviously filled. In that way, she's a lot like the other clients who want the treatment.
"People come in and they say, 'I want my lips a tiny bit fuller, but please — whatever you do — don't make me look like Lindsay Lohan,'" Daniels says. "When I did my lips for the first time, I was afraid of that too. I'd never done it before. I was like, 'You're not gonna make me look like Lindsay with these crazy-looking duck lips, right?"
LiLo's duck lips notwithstanding, there's something about a full mouth that seems to be signaling a new standard of perfection for women.
"I started to get into different types of cosmetic surgery at a younger age because this is L.A.," says 32-year-old native Angeleno Sarah Washington. "Lips just kind of came with all of it, really. I actually have naturally full lips, but I felt like I needed a little bit more volume to give me more of a youthful appearance."
"I inherited my Caucasian mother's thin upper lip and it would be nice to have full lips," says Michelle Taylor, 28, who's currently gearing up for her first round of lip injections. "Biologically, men are attracted to women with fuller lips."
Like Daniels, Nga O'Brien, 37, works for an aesthetic medical spa and has received lip injections. But unlike her colleague, the California resident is relatively new to having fuller lips. In fact, she never considered plumping her pout before she began working in the beauty business.
"Everybody else is getting lip fillers — maybe that's why I did it myself," O'Brien says. "I never thought about it before, ever! When I started working at the medical spa, I felt like I needed a little bit of improvement."
Most fillers are sold in 10-milliliter vials that can cost anywhere from 0 to 0, which is likely why the younger set has turned to cheap alternatives to lip plumping like the #KylieJennerLipChallenge. The contents of each vial may be distributed into various locations around the face, from the lips to the cheeks or eyebrows. The practitioner may store whatever's left for future touch-ups.
According to Daniels, it's rare for a client to go through an entire 10-milliliter vial of filler in a single session: "You can't even inject the whole vial throughout your face unless you're, like, an 80-year-old woman who has severe loss of volume," she says. "I use a tenth of the syringe, and my lips are perfect."
There are very few side effects to lip injections, which are almost entirely painless thanks to topical anesthetics. They can cause cold sore flare-ups in individuals who have history with the condition, and some bruising on or around the lips can occur, especially in patients who have indulged in alcohol or taken aspirin or other blood thinners prior to the procedure.
As for the rest of the recovery process, it's mostly hassle-free. Patients can expect to debut their new puckers within just a few hours. "You can go on with your day pretty much immediately afterward," says O'Brien. Daniels confirms: "You might be a little swollen, but your lips won't look abnormal. The swelling goes down by the next day."
Patients can expect to debut their new puckers within just a few hours.
While the swelling usually decreases within a matter of hours, the effects of lip injections can last months — and sometimes even years — after each procedure, depending on how quickly each individual's body breaks down the injectable solution.
After that, it's up to each individual to determine how frequently she'd like to have maintenance done to her lip look. And on the flip side, anyone who wishes to return to her original lip size can have a natural enzyme injected into her lips to break down the filler. It's a fast and easy way to undo an expensive procedure.
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