Over the last two decades, enhancing the shape and volume of the lip has become widespread; it is rumoured the Hollywood star Angelina Jollie prompted the trend, but since then, many famous celebrities have been setting the direction for
different looks in lip augmentation.
Every few years, we hear of a new name given to lips filler techniques, we will start with the latest trend and work backwards;
The Russian lip:
A supermodel look with less risk of lumps and bumps or filler migration. The procedure involves vertically injecting tiny filler droplets into the lip to widen, lift and create volume. This is the ideal technique for those who want fullness
rather than projection.
The Hollywood lip:
This technique involves injecting filler into both the vermilion border and the fleshy area of the lip. First, a threading method is used along the border between the lip edge and the surrounding skin; enhancing this area gives more projection.
The second part of the technique involves injecting small boluses of filler to create volume.
The Monalisa Smile:
Popular with more mature ladies, this technique aims to raise the corner of the lips rather than create more volume; it can improve the oral commissures or sag at the side of the mouth. Small amounts of filler are used in the corners of
the lips and less in the tubercles or fleshy areas of the lip.
This technique provides fullness to the centre of the lip only, avoiding the corners, this is sometimes referred to as a bee sting. The injector distributes the filler in a linear technique perpendicular to the normal contour.
This technique requires much experience and skill of the practitioner. Given the possible complications of superficial lumps and bumps. However, in the hands of an experienced practitioner, this is the best tequnique for patients who desire
to have the white roll of the lip around the vermillion border to be sharply defined. At the same time, the fleshy area becomes more unrolled and exposed. The technique is done slowly in small but deep injections to avoid filler migration
and is started at the collagen-rich line.