Luscious lips with an accentuated border have often been associated with beauty and youth – because enhanced lip fullness is a true icon of sensuality. As lips are the most youthful aspect of a face, plumper lips are one of the most sought after facial assets.
While there are a certain number of lucky women who have been blessed with a perfectly plump, pouty and full smile, there are an even larger number of women who are seeking to enlarge, enhance, or otherwise increase the volume and fullness of their lips.
SCIENTISTS IN SCOTLAND HAVE GIVEN CREDENCE TO THE LONG-HELD BELIEF THAT A WOMAN'S LIPS ARE A HIGHLY VISIBLE EXPRESSION OF HER FERTILITY AND SEXUALITY.
The sexual psychologists tested dozens of women to determine their oestrogen levels and found that those with higher levels of the sex hormone linked to fertility also had more feminine features, including fuller lips. The researchers then showed the pictures of the women to a group of men who rated the women for health, femininity and attractiveness. It turned out that the men gave the highest marks to the women who tested highest for oestrogen.
“In our evolutionary past, men who favoured women with feminine features would be choosing the more fertile female, and thus would have had more babies and be passing on more of their genes,” explains Miriam Law Smith, who helped conduct the study. She also postulates that women wear makeup (or employ other means of enhancement, including lip plumpers to highlight the facial features most closely associated with heightened fertility and sexuality and beautiful lips rank near the top of that list.
NATURAL VERSUS PLASTIC
Many women do not have the money or inclination to go have a costly procedure performed which may not even produce permanent results. So if you want fuller sexier lips, what are the non-surgical alternatives and are these processes safe and effective? Lip enlargement pumps are a small hand-held device that gently sucks the lips outward, pulling fluid into the lips and creating a dramatically fuller set of lips for a few hours at a time. They are usually inexpensive, and can be used over and over.
COMMON LIP SHAPES AND COMPLAINTS
Lip shapes have a certain standard set that dictates perfect lip shape. Think full; think lush, think super luscious lips. It's a fact of life that not everyone is blessed with that ideal set of full lips. Most of us fall into one of the common lip shape categories. But we can console ourselves with the thought that the beautiful lips that we conjure up in our minds are within our grasp, thanks to a range of lip augmentation techniques.
Lip Shape Categories
Thin, flat lips: Some of us have very thin lips with little or no definition. This may be due to genetics, aging or smoking. Tissue degrades as we age and definition is lost over the years. All around lip augmentation is usually necessary to change them.
No upper lip: The upper lip is always the first to lose volume. As the volume diminishes, less and less vermilion shows and the nose to lip ratio becomes even longer. This development can severely age you. The good thing about this shape is that you usually only need upper lip augmentation. However, if augmentation doesn't do the trick, a lip plumper will more than likely be necessary to restore balance.
No bottom lip: This condition is extremely rare. I have never seen this, unless there was also no volume in the top lip. Nonetheless, bottom lip augmentation is, by far, the easiest to do and is usually far more natural looking than upper lip augmentation.
Irregular vermilion border: The only solution is a strong lip plumper and possibly micro pigmentation (cosmetic tattooing). Lip liner can also help to correct the vermilion, but if it's significant only filler and possibly tattooing will help.
Anatomy of the Lips
Lips are one of the most visible of all human organs and perhaps the most emotionally expressive part of the human body, so it's hardly surprising that lip enhancement has become so popular. Soft, protruding, and pliable, they are also multi-functional, providing an opening for food and beverage consumption, an instrument of both verbal and non-verbal communication, and an erogenous zone.
Three aspects of the lips vary in men and women and by geographic population: size (full or thin), curvature (sinuous or straight) and eversion (turning out or in). All three can be modified through lip enhancement plumpers.
Lips are composed of skin, muscle and mucosa –there are no bones and no infrastructure, making them uniquely pliable. The upper lip (Labium superioris) is superior in name only since it is actually somewhat smaller than its partner, the lower lip (Labium inferioris). The most cosmetically apparent portion of the lip is the vermilion border. This colour border between the lips and the surrounding skin exists only in humans. Rounding out the lip glossary are the philtrum (the vertical groove on the upper lip that forms the so-called “Cupid's bow” and gives the lip its characteristic appearance) and the ergot rid (the stretch of skin between the upper lip and the nose).
Two lip surfaces can be differentiated: the skin and the mucous membrane, or lining. The skin of the lips is categorized as stratified squamous epithelium, or flattened tissue cells arranged in layers. The skin of the lip is made up of 3 to 5 cellular layers and is very thin compared to the skin on the rest of the face, which typically runs up to 16 layers deep. The mucous membrane of the lip is full of capillaries (tiny blood vessels) that are close to the translucent surface, giving it a reddish colour.
Lips are controlled by their own muscles, which are considered part of the muscles of facial expression. The lips' ability to carry out many functions may be attributable to the fact that the human brain devotes an unusually large part of its surface area to lips. It adds precision to lip movements through nerve fibers linked to the primary motor neocortex, the area of the brain that handles the higher functions of sensory perception, generating motor commands, spatial reasoning, conscious thought and language.
The blood supply for the lips comes from the superior and inferior labial branches of the facial artery, one of the six non-terminal branches of the external carotid artery. More than just supplying nutrients to lip tissue, blood also figures prominently in lip colour. Light-colour skin contains no melanocyte (pigment cells) and consequently the underlying blood vessels appear through the skin on the lips. The effect is less prominent in the case of darker skin, which contains more melanin and is visually thicker.
Lips are packed with nerve endings, making them a highly erogenous zone (ergo the popularity of kissing). The concept of lips as sex object is based as much on their visual allure as it is on their sensitivity to touch.
IMPORTANT TIPS FOR FULLER LIPS
Many women who are looking for plumper lips have no need for expensive surgeries or painful treatments. They simply need a boost or a lip enhancer to make their lips stand out a bit. Plump lips are much more attractive on most women. These are great for people who have always had thin lips, or perhaps whose lips have become smaller with age (a common occurrence). The best lip plumper for you will make you feel more confident and attractive.
Another way these products help your lips to plump up is ingredients which increase the collagen in your lips. These include peptides and have the same result as the swelling agents above. The best lip plumper will also include moisturizing agents, like Vitamin E or Jojoba oil. The effects from these products should occur almost immediately and will last for a few hours.
- An additional benefit to these products is that they will hide wrinkles and lines which may have developed in older lips. This is due to the collagen filling out your lips.
- A final tip is to keep the body hydrated. Keeping the lips hydrated is part of the trick to keeping them as full and flushed as possible. This will help them to stand out, instead of blending in with the rest of your face.
TYPES OF LIP GLOSS
New types of "plumping" lip gloss contain ingredients that make the lips appear softer and plumper. These are cheap, easy, and usually harmless alternatives to collagen, Restylane, Juvederm, and/or fat injections. They are just as effective, however, and the effects are temporary.
Lip gloss is often used when a person wants to have some color on their lips, but does not want an intense, solid lip color effect (i.e., a more "made-up" look), as lipstick would create. Lip gloss is also often used as a sort of introduction to makeup. It is often used by preteen and young teenage girls who want to wear some makeup, but are too young to wear more intense lipstick colors.
HOW DO I GET SOFT LIPS?
Soft lips are a top desire of those who wish to increase the beauty of their lips. From exfoliating lips to applying lip balm, there are several different ways to achieve soft lips.
- A very simple way to keep lips moist and soft is to drink a sufficient amount of water. This will ensure that lips retain their natural moisture. Avoid licking the lips, which dries them out.
- Coconut milk or juice can help create soft lips. To apply the natural moisturizer, soak a paper towel in the juice or milk. Rub the towel over the lips very gently for a minute. After the lips dry, they will become sticky. Allow this
- Stickiness to set for half an hour, then rinse off the milk with water.
HOW LONG CAN I KEEP MAKEUP?
Keeping lip products clean and in good repair is also instrumental in ensuring lip health and softness. Balms should be thrown out after a year of use, as they can harbour bacteria. Lip balms and other products should not be shared to avoid the spread of germs and the development of unhealthy lips.
WHO CAN HAVE COLLAGEN LIP INJECTIONS?
About 3% of the population is allergic to bovine collagen, so allergy-testing must be carried out before treatment.
THE COLLAGEN INJECTION PROCEDURE
Prior to injection, your doctor will determine where to administer the injections by examining your face & lips. Collagen is then directly injected under the skin to have a local effect.
AFTER THE COLLAGEN INJECTION
You will notice an immediate change in your lips after collagen injection. Results may vary. Discomfort is common during the procedure. After injection, the site may be tender, red and swollen.
DOWN SIDE & POTENTIAL COMPLICATIONS
- Skin infection
- skin ulceration
- allergic reaction to collagen
- asymmetrical result
- "trout pout" lumps
- Skin discolorations (white blotchiness)
- Decreased sensitivity (unable to feel kisses)
- Easy to feel the injectable in lips (whilst kissing)
- Ridge around the lips (obvious sign of injections)
HOW LONG DO THE EFFECTS OF COLLAGEN INJECTIONS LAST?
Eventually the body metabolizes the collagen, so the effects are not permanent.
Repeat treatments are usually required every 2 months to maintain the effect over time.