"I bloody hated it - only so much Photoshop can fix." Fin...
Long before Kylie Jenner was a glimmer in her mother's eye, the cosmetics industry was pushing products they claim 'plump' the lips. But do they really?
In a word: No.
These topical cosmetics tend to use ingredients like cinnamon oil to give the lips a slight burn - or, in industry marketing terms, 'tingle' - to stimulate blood flow to the lips. This, their sales pitch goes, produces the full, voluminous pout you've always wanted.
The failure of these products has led to some very odd DIY attempts to get the job done. Lately, many beauty vloggers have even tried coating their lips with wasabi to get that blood flow going. Nothing says "Kiss me" like a mouth smeared with sushi toppings, right?
The desire for augmented lips has even driven many women to use suction cups, or even shot glasses, to vacuum their lips in the hope of getting an Angelina Jolie pout. All they get is disappointment and an embarrassing red ring around their lips that takes days to go away.
By the brands' own admission, any effect they might be able to produce would be very short-lived, up to a few hours. The words "up to" are ones to watch out for when any brand makes claims. Because a product that might work for "up to" three hours might also only work for 10 minutes - if it works at all.
In the case of these products, they simply do not work. There is no way a topical product can make your lips fuller or physically more pronounced. You can always make them stand out more, visually, with any bright-coloured lipstick. Anyone can painstakingly use lip liner outside the natural form of the lips to create the illusion of larger lips. But even that doesn't make the lips more voluminous. The physical structure of the lips cannot be 'transformed' with something you can buy at Boots or even high-end department stores.
If fuller, perfected lips are what you're after, non-surgical lip augmentation with lip fillers is the way to go. Not only are the process and the products involved scientifically sound, but they actually work.
This is why more and more women are seeking lip fillers. Worryingly, many are opting for budget providers who do not have any training or even basic medical qualifications. The result of this risky attempt to save cash? So-called 'trout pout,' infections, and deformity of the lips that will last for the rest of the victims' lives. Only an aesthetic doctor has had the training required to deliver safe lip augmentation.
At SISU's clinics in Dublin, Cork and Killarney, many patients originally find us when searching for help fixing severe problems caused by going to unqualified, non-medical providers of lip fillers. Not only have they lost the money spent on a provider who caused them great harm, but they've then got to spend more to try to repair the extensive damage done.
Do it right - and safely - the first time. If more beautiful, full, plump lips are on your wish list, book a free consultation with one of our doctors. SISU's highly-skilled, qualified aesthetic physicians will give you a personal assessment, tailoring any treatment to your unique facial anatomy and your desired results, explaining the treatment in full, and answering all of your questions. Click here to book your free consultation appointment today.