Not that long ago, cosmetic treatments used to be used only by certain types of people – the rich, and the middle-aged or the elderly. They were often the preserve of female Hollywood stars.
Thankfully, that has all changed. Nowadays, cosmetic procedures are used by people from all walks of life, with budgets of all sizes. Cosmetic treatments are no longer solely for women either, and men are very definitely getting in on the act.
It’s not surprising then that cosmetic procedures have come on in leaps and bounds. Cosmetic treatments are now safer and easier to apply than ever before. Many of them can be carried out pretty painlessly in your lunchtime, with the effects lasting for months.
So, just what has driven this rise in popularity, and what is the latest ‘must-have’ treatment?
The “selfie” generation
One of the major driving forces behind the rise in demand for all types of facial cosmetic procedures is believed to be the huge increase in the use of the ‘selfie.’ Of course, everyone knows what a “selfie” is, and taking photos of yourself (usually your face, though not exclusively) is an essential element of social media, especially for the younger generation.
Indeed, several social media platforms, such as Instagram and Snapchat, only work when a photograph is taken, so, naturally, the most likely thing to photograph, when sending a message to friends, is your face.
This trend, which seems like it is here to stay, at least for some time, has led to many people, particularly younger women, scrutinising their faces, and those of other people, on a daily basis, and in a way that past generations would never have done.
As a perfect pout is an essential part of the perfect selfie, women in particular are now seeking to get their lips filled out or reshaped, to achieve a better look.
What is lip augmentation?
Lip augmentation is the application of dermal fillers into the lips to make them fuller, or a ‘better’ shape. The fillers, which are a special type of gel, can be applied to the lip borders, mouth creases or lips themselves, in order to achieve the desired look.
The fillers are injected under the skin using needles, after the area has been numbed using a local anaesthetic. You should feel little or no sensation, while the procedure is being carried out.
As well as lip augmentation, lines around the mouth can be softened using the same procedure. This will give your mouth a younger, fresher look.
The fillers are perfectly safe, and the effects will last between six months to a year, depending on what has been carried out.
If you are looking to get lip augmentation in Richmond, here at Grove Park Aesthetics, we offer a complete service, from advice to expert application. Our experienced doctors will only carry out a procedure once you have been informed about every aspect of it in a free consultation, and all treatments are performed using the latest techniques.