Everyone’s anatomy is different, which means that while some people have naturally plump lips, others have thinner lips. If you are wondering “Why do I have, really thin lips? ” the simple answer is your genes.
If your parents have thin lips, you are likely to have them too. Or, if one has plump lips and the other has thin ones, whoever’s DNA is more prominent in your body will determine the thickness of your lips. Today, science has advanced to the point that DNA specialists know which genes decide on your facial features.
If you do have thin lips and you would prefer a fuller look with full lips, there are ways to tackle the problem. Some makeup products temporarily make your lips look fuller. Or, you can try perfecting your contouring techniques to give the illusion that your lips are bigger than they are. Ultimately, though, the best way to obtain lasting results is through using Dermal fillers.
At Rutland Aesthetics, we are here to discuss all of your options. We aim to ensure you obtain the look you want while remaining safe and enjoying cosmetic treatments that are bespoke for your needs.
Understanding why you have skinny lips
From your really thin lips to the shape of your cheekbones, your appearance is determined by your genes. From the moment of conception, your parents’ human reproductive cells work together to produce the look you have today.
However, one parent having plump lips while the other has thin ones may not increase your chance of enjoying a fuller pout. As you go through the initial stages of development in the womb, hundreds of genes will contribute towards each feature. It is for this reason that a baby born to parents whom both have brown eyes may have green ones instead.
In other words, it is difficult for scientists to determine how you will look. And, even if they could do so, they would not be able to reverse the process. Once your parents’ DNA has worked together to produce the image that you will carry through to adulthood, it is the one you are stuck with. If you feel unhappy with having really thin lips, however, there are ways to make them look bigger.
Ways to make your lips appear bigger at home
If you are willing to invest in specific makeup products and add more time to your beauty routine, there are ways to make your lips appear bigger at home. Celebrities like Angelina Jolie don’t just use fillers. One popular approach involves applying some lip gloss to the middle of your bottom and lower lip only. This area will then attract light, making it appear larger.
Lip plumping glosses
Multiple beauty brands manufacture lip plumping glosses that aim to make your lips look bigger. Most of these glosses use ingredients that cause a temporary inflammatory reaction. For example, they may include cinnamon, which irritates the lips’ skin, causing them to swell. Usually, the results last for a few hours.
Using lip liner
Overdrawing your lip liner so that it reaches just outside your lips and then filling the gaps in with lipstick is an old technique. If you are confident in your makeup skills, it’s one worth trying. However, you do need to ensure you use a lip liner and lipstick that will not smudge easily. You can solidify the results by using a setting spray or powder.
Add a little black dot
Adding a tiny black dot in the middle of the lower vermilion border creates an optical illusion. By darkening the area using a small amount of eyeshadow or eyeliner, it makes the remaining regions of the lower vermilion border look fuller. However, this technique does not address the problem if you have a thin upper vermilion border, as introducing a little black dot to your cupid’s bow may produce an ‘odd’ shape.
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Possible Treatment using Dermal fillers to make your lips bigger
While there are many cosmetic techniques you can try at home, they are only likely to last for a few hours at the most. In contrast, using Dermal fillers to make your lips look bigger, adds definition to the upper and the lower vermillion border and plumps them at the same time. As a result, you benefit from the enhanced lip definition and fuller lips. In contrast to self-administered measures, the effects will last between four and six months.
How do dermal fillers make lips bigger?Today, most dermal fillers avoid the use of collagen and instead use hyaluronic acid. As a substance that’s naturally produced in your body, it’s less likely to have adverse side effects such as an allergic reaction.
Hyaluronic acid works by drawing moisture into its target cells. This means when the clinician administering your lip fillers injects into a particular place, the hyaluronic acid in the injection attracts more water, resulting in plumper lips. As a substance, hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water.
Are lip fillers painful?Providing the person administering your lip fillers has received the right training and has a high knowledge of facial anatomy, you should not experience too much pain. In most cases, your doctor will use a dermal filler that includes a local anaesthetic. Or, they will apply a gel before proceeding. As with any injection, you will feel a ‘sharp scratch’ as the needle enters your skin. During the procedure, your clinician will aim for multiple injection sites to achieve the look you want. Each site should become less painful, as the local anaesthetic takes effect quickly.
Who should administer my lip fillers?While some beauticians and salon owners can administer lip fillers, the drugs they use are ‘prescription substances.’ As such, they cannot obtain them without a doctor or other prescribing healthcare professional assessing you and writing the prescription first. After the first prescription, they can administer the filler themselves.
Although there was once a time when you could obtain such prescriptions with a phone consultation, the new guidelines state that the prescribing clinician should meet with you on a face-to-face basis. As prescribed clinicians such as doctors, dentists, and ANPs have received substantial education in facial anatomy, how drugs interact with the body, and what to do if the treatment goes wrong, it is safer to use a medical or healthcare professional rather than a beautician.
What should I do after receiving lip fillers?Immediately after the procedure, you are likely to experience pain, swelling, and tenderness. All of these sensations are normal and should die down within a few days. If necessary, you can take a mild analgesic such as paracetamol to reduce the pain. In a small number of cases, temporary bruising occurs.
To ensure you experience the best results, engage in the following aftercare advice:
- Avoid extreme temperatures such as sunbeds and saunas until any redness or swelling dies down.
- Don’t apply makeup to the area for the first 12 hours.
- Avoid alcohol and excessive exercise for the first 24 hours.
- Resist the temptation to touch the area afterwards.
If you do notice any unusually painful sensations or signs of an allergic reaction, seek medical advice. Also, to continue seeing the benefits of lip fillers and avoid having really thin lips, you should have another course of treatment in six months’ time.
How Can Rutland Aesthetics Help
At Rutland Aesthetics, our clinical director Dr Dhesi understands that each patient is different. As such, if you are worried about having really thin lips, he will work with you to provide a bespoke treatment plan that achieves the look you want.
As a dedicated doctor with a GP and an army doctor background, Dr Dhesi has additional training in cosmetic therapies such as dermal lip fillers. As an Aesthetic Specialist, he can administer your treatment safely and work with his team to produce a look that leaves you feeling confident.
To start your treatment plan today, give us a call or book online for an initial medical consultation.