Permanent Makeup Can Enhance The Appearance of Thinning Lips
The process of aging and genetics can result in
the lips losing volume and structure.
Some patients completely lose the appearance of their lips when they
smile. With most patients, injection of
hyaluronic acid fillers like Restylane, Perlane or Juvederm can replace volume
that was lost over time and improve the appearance of their smile. Unfortunately, this is not successful 100% of
had a few challenging patients that due to the structure of their upper lip and
elongation of the skin from the base of the nose to the upper lip did not
result in the desired effect. These
patients had no improvement in lip show when they smiled.
approach I have taken with these challenging lips is using micro-pigmentation (permanent
makeup) to give the illusion of lip tissue above their natural lip line. Full lip color can be applied and blended
into the lips to give a natural fuller lip appearance.
are sometimes reluctant to do permanent makeup, because they may have seen unsightly
dramatic eyebrows or dark lip liner without lip color. Fear of pain may be a factor. I do a dental block so patients are
comfortable during the procedure and I am able to do several passes to work the
color into the lips evenly. The shape of
the lips can be drawn prior to procedure so the patient knows what it will look
like after the procedure. A variety of
colors are available ranging from nearly nude to a mauve or merlot. Skin type is taken into consideration and
adjusted for depending on the tone of their skin. The same lip color can be applied to10 people
and look slightly different.
(permanent makeup) requires touch ups.
The pigment does fade over time.
Colors can be changed. The color
is much brighter the first five days.
Swelling, scabbing and peeling is expected. Prophylactic antivirals are recommended
starting the day before treatment and for 3 days after the procedure, because
HSV – cold sores can occur post procedure.
with lips that disappear when they smile usually say they wished they did
permanent makeup years ago. Most
patients just apply a clear gloss of chap stick with SPF instead of
lipstick. Patient satisfaction is extremely