Full, plump lips have always been a sign of feminine beauty and still today, social media sites like Instagram and Tik Tok are full of women showing off their pouts. Not every woman is blessed with lips that she can make look full and juicy with a smear of lipstick or gloss but thanks to the likes of Angelina Jolie, Kylie Jenner, and others of the beautiful Kardashian clan, the desire for bigger lips and more volume is higher than it has ever been before.
Go to any beauty aisle and you will find dozens of beauty products that promise to transform your thinner natural lip line into a stunning cupid’s bow in no time at all!
Achieving plumper lips is something that can be done via several different lip treatment methods, some of which are completely noninvasive and some of which require a slight needle prick here and there by a qualified cosmetic physician.
Whether you want to go down the DIY lip plumper route or you are prepared to undergo a hyaluronic acid lip injection or two, the good news, either way, is that there are plenty of options when it comes to skincare lip products and lip fillers.
Here are some of the various ways to achieve the plumping effect in your lips, whether that is both or just your bottom lip or upper lip.
You would be amazed by how much visual difference can be made with some strategically applied lip liner and lip color. You get fuller lips in a matter of minutes and it won’t be until somebody looks up close that they realize it is all to do with the look of the cosmetics rather than the lips themselves!
You’ll need to become quite skillful at getting a natural-looking lip shape using concealer, lip liner, and lipstick but it’s easy with practice. If you are not confident or experienced with makeup, then platforms like YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok have many tutorials where beauty gurus will show you exactly what to do.
If you are looking for just a quick and temporary change to enhance your aesthetic for a single night, then try a lip scrub.
There is a wide range of lip scrubs available everywhere and they are used to exfoliate the lip area which encourages improved blood flow that will bring a higher level of youthful glow to the lips, boosting their shape and their color.
Getting rid of any dead skin on and around your lips will stop them from looking dull, dry, and generally unappealing. When lips look unhealthy, lipstick and gloss only accentuate this and not mask it.
Peppermint oil is a great way to stimulate blood circulation in your lips, which will cause them to look much fuller and much bigger.
Instead of using a traditional lip gloss, you could instead add this specific essential oil to some Vaseline or olive oil and apply it with a cotton ball. Leave it on your lips while you are completing the rest of your morning hair and makeup routine, and it will start to penetrate and get that blood circulating.
It is important to use high-quality peppermint oil for this, as the skin on your lips can be very sensitive and tender and you don’t want to cause any kind of reaction. Using peppermint oil won’t make your lips physically bigger, but it will maximize their fullness.
Cosmetic Lip Plumper
You will notice that there are plenty of cosmetic brands that have lip plumper kits. These look just like lip balm or lip gloss, but contain extra ingredients like essential oils and safe chemicals that work to stimulate circulation, and even very mildly irritate the lips to encourage them to plump up and swell.
Lip plumpers also add shine, which reflects the light and has the optical illusion of making the lips look fuller than they are. This effect is temporary, but a plumping gloss should last for several hours.
Did you know there are natural lip plumpers in your pantry? Cayenne pepper, cinnamon, and ginger all contain chemicals that are minor irritants but work to add a pleasant plumpness for a short time. Cayenne pepper also adds a little color.
Lip Plumping Treatment
If you are not afraid to explore some slightly more ‘medical’ options, then the next level is lip plumpers that contain peptides and other ingredients that can help to stimulate your collagen levels and elastin production, increasing the hyaluronic acid that is naturally present in your lips.
These kinds of products can help to boost the volume and levels of hydration in your skin and lips, conditioning them so that they have the best opportunity to continue to look incredibly voluptuous over time.
The major downside of all the options previously mentioned is that the effects are only temporary. If you want a longer-lasting alteration to the shape, volume, and appearance of your lips, then there are lip injections.
Not only are the results of lip injections pretty much immediate, but they will also last for up to twelve months.
When administered by an experienced professional, lip augmentation will improve the contours and shape of your lip area, and although you will need to get the injections topped up every year, many see it as a small price to pay for perfection!
An alternative to lip dermal fillers is using neurotoxin products such as Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, or Daxxify to create a lip flip. These products can weaken the muscles of the lip and create a slight eversion of the upper lip. They can also treat the fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth to improve the look of your lips and make them look fuller.
Of course, injections that go directly into your lips make sense for changing the immediate shape of the lip line, but if you are interested in something a little bit more subtle that can also help other areas of your face, then a lip flip might be a good option. Results are more subtle than lip fillers and do not tend to last as long.
Treating areas like laugh lines that are very close to the lips and making those spots tighter and fuller, will in turn help to improve the look of the mouth and lips. The more youthful and plump the entire mouth area looks, the happier you will be!
A lip flip will need to be topped up occasionally in the same way that lip injections do.
Which is Right For You?
There are two major considerations when you want soft, voluptuous, kissable lips. One is whether you want a noninvasive or injectable treatment and the other is whether you want temporary or semi-permanent results.
No procedure is without risk. If you choose injectable fillers, be sure to visit a reputable and professional cosmetic or medical spa with trained staff. Dr. Michael Zadeh is a board-certified surgeon with extensive knowledge of lip anatomy and injection techniques. His soft, gentle technique for lip enhancement provides natural results with minimal risk of complications. Contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zadeh to determine which lip treatment is best for you.