Since the dawn of time, we have been consistently obsessed with our lips and how to emphasise or reshape them using cosmetics or cosmetic fillers. As far back as five thousand years ago, people in ancient China and Egypt were already crushing up insects and grinding up pigmented rocks to stain their lips red. Even if we just looked back to the silent film era, we have gone through countless lip shape and colour fads since then.
It might also surprise you to learn that the current craze of using lip fillers to change the shape of our lips or simply to make our lips fuller is not new – the idea has been around for more than a hundred years. Of course, back in the 1900s, they tried to use paraffin wax (yes, the stuff we make candles out of) to augment lips, which frankly could not have been abandoned sooner.
These days, our obsession to attain the perfect pout remains. When we think of big lips, we think of Angelina Jolie, Eva Mendez, Rihanna and Taylor Swift, all of whom boast full, luscious lips. But it can be hard to look like that if we weren’t blessed with supermodel genetics.
And once we’ve left our youth – well, not quite behind but somewhere in the back seat of our car where we can still see it but can’t quite reach it, our dream of waking up with plump lips becomes increasingly distant. In our late twenties and thirties, our bodies’ production of collagen and natural product hyaluronic acid slows, and we see our lips growing thinner after a certain age. Cue our search for lip plumping treatments.
Fortunately, these days we have more advanced lip filler technology and the materials at our disposal are superior to paraffin wax! Commonly used is hyaluronic acid, a sugar naturally found in our bodies that attracts water, which defines and volumises the lip area. Since this substance is natural, there is little risk of an allergic reaction.
If you’ve been plagued by uneven, flat or overly thin lips, we got your back here at ACM. Thanks to technology nowadays, we can achieve symmetry, subtle volume or give you a brand-new lip shape – whatever your heart desires. Whether it’s a heavier top lip you’ve been coveting, a cupid’s bow or a curled over lower lip à la Anne Hathaway, it is only a quick procedure away. Depending on the type of filler used, you can even have the procedure reversed if you have a change of heart. This means you could try on different lip shapes to find the one that suits you best.
ACM’s own Dr Targett recently trained with Julie Horn from Switzerland and Dr Targett’s personal favourite is the keyhole pout, a kissable look accomplished by using a string to create the tiniest of gaps between the upper and lower lip while injecting.
No matter what look you’re after, always make sure that the practitioner or doctor you pick has the qualifications and plenty of experience in this type of lip filler procedure. This is why Dr. Targett, with over 17 years of experience as a Medical Practitioner, a Certificate of Primary Care Dermatology and a Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine with the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine, is well-placed to advise you on your journey to fuller and younger-looking lips.
Contact us now to inquire what we can do for you and your unique needs.
Dr Rahma Targett
Advanced Cosmetic Medicine
Unit 58/41-47 Melbourne St,
Phone 0403 690 03 for bookings.