Move over statement necklace. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the “statement lip” is all the rage.
That’s lip, singular. Just the top please, according to one New York City dermatologist.
“Lip augmentation has certainly been on the rise as it appears that more and more beauty trends and celebrities are touting the statement lip as a fashion accessory,” said Dr. Jody Levine, AOB Med Spa National Medical Director.
Levine said Kylie Jenner, Nicole Kidman, Liv Tyler and Megan Fox all appear to have gotten the statement lip treatment.
Driving the trend, Levine said, is the never-ending quest to look younger. “Plumper, fuller lips can exude youthfulness and femininity and can certainly make a beauty statement when lip color is worn. Some patients have naturally thin top lips, while others notice significant volume loss in the lips over time,” she said.
And of course, the all-important selfie plays a role. “As the lips lose volume, they can be less projected and lines can form around the edges. This could certainly impact the ability to “make a statement” when wearing lip color or smiling for the camera.”
Levine said she avoids the dreaded “trout pout” and “duck lips” by just injecting the edge of the lip.
“If you inject the border and leave the middle of the lip alone, it actually gives a very sexy look that is so natural and avoids the pout and the duck look. Also, if you inject filler around the border of the lip and then inject some Botox above the top lip, it turns the lip out in a sexy way without making the lips big.”
And while Levine said it’s crucial to seek out a trained injector to perform the 20-minute, outpatient procedure, there’s good news for those who get plumped beyond perfection.
“If the patient doesn’t like the early result, the plastic surgeon or dermatologist can dissolve the hyaluronic acid with an injection of hyaluronidase, Levine said. “And, if the patient should get tired of the new look, it will gradually disappear in time.”