Full, pouty lips were definitely trendy in recent years, with the rise of Kylie Jenner’s famous look and Angelina Jolie fans’ desire to look more like their favorite celebrity. In mid-2018, however, Kylie shocked her fans by making the decision to have her lip fillers dissolved. Since trends are driven by celebrities, many believed that this would be the end of lip fillers’ popularity, maybe for good. But is that true? Could one celebrity’s opinion change plastic surgery trends overnight?

The End of Kylie Jenner’s Signature Look

One of the reasons fans were so surprised when the youngest Kardashian/Jenner decided to stop using fillers was that it had been her signature look for at least a few years. She was proud of her pout and wasn’t shy about telling fans she used fillers to achieve her look. When she dissolved the fillers, it was a sign to her fans that the times–and Kylie herself–were changing. Many fans felt that this was the “end of an era” and that lip augmentation would soon be among the plastic surgery trends on their way out.

More Natural Plastic Surgery Trends

Although it might be true for some fans, one celebrity’s choices don’t necessarily change an entire trend on their own. With that said, Kylie’s choice does reflect the overall trends of the industry. Patients are starting to favor a more natural look. Huge breasts, overfilled lips, and other exaggerated features are no longer “in”. Today, most patients want natural-looking enhancement over dramatic results. They want to look like themselves–just better.

What Changing Trends Mean for Lip Fillers

So what do these changes mean for lip fillers? Mainly, different goals. Lip augmentation isn’t going anywhere. Hyaluronic acid fillers are still incredibly popular. They offer instant results, they’re minimally-invasive, and they’re affordable. They’re also still the most natural-looking option out there for lip enhancement and rejuvenation.

Since Kylie Jenner dissolved her lip filler, patients are still coming to facial plastic surgeons for lip augmentation. But instead of big, pouty lips, they’re seeking out a more modest look. Celebrities are often naturally beautiful, and even without her lip fillers, Kylie doesn’t suffer from thin lips. Not everyone is so lucky, however. Lip augmentation is a great option for people who are self-conscious about their lips and want to feel more confident and beautiful.

Lip Enhancement Results

Even if the “Kylie Jenner look” is no longer relevant, lip enhancement is still a versatile and customizable treatment that can make a big difference in patients’ lives. A skilled plastic surgeon can make tiny adjustments with fillers for a big impact. Small amounts of filler can improve the shape and contour of the lips, creating that perfect “cupid’s bow” shape at the top of the lips. They can also add subtle volume so that the lips look full but still all-natural. One of the biggest advantages of fillers is that they keep the lips looking and feeling natural.

The Best Fillers for Lip Augmentation

Fillers have become one of the biggest trends in plastic surgery over the last decade. Because of this, there are now more filler choices than ever. When it comes to lip augmentation, some fillers are better choices than others. The lips are a high-movement area and traditionally, hyaluronic acid fillers don’t last as long in the lips. The good news? The biggest manufacturers of hyaluronic acid fillers have created formulas specifically designed for the lip area that last longer than more basic fillers. The two most popular formulas are Juvederm Volbella and Restylane Silk. These fillers often last longer than six months, while providing natural-looking volume and shape.

Dissolving Lip Fillers

Because Kylie Jenner wanted to dissolve her fillers, many patients are worried that they’ll eventually decide they no longer want to maintain the results of their filler treatments. The good news? This is rare. Most patients are very happy with their look. Hyaluronic acid fillers fade away gradually over a period of several months, so typically only patients who really dislike their results choose to dissolve their fillers. This is easily done with enzyme injections, but it’s usually just better to wait until the fillers disappear on their own.

What brand of injectable filler do you recommend for lip enhancement?

Hyaluronic acid fillers are the only ones that should be used in the lips. We usually utilize Juvederm or Restylane for this purpose.

Choosing the Right Surgeon

When it comes to trends in plastic surgery, you’re better off just doing what you want. Everyone is different, and cosmetic treatments aren’t one-size-fits-all. Instead of following the crowd, work with a plastic surgeon to create a look you love.

Even for simple procedures like non-surgical lip augmentation, it’s important to choose a board-certified facial plastic surgeon to perform your procedures. An experienced plastic surgeon has in-depth knowledge of facial anatomy and an artistic touch.

If you’re looking for a caring and skilled surgeon specializing in natural-looking results, come to Buckingham Center for a consultation with Dr. Buckingham. Dr. Buckingham is a renowned double board-certified facial plastic surgeon with a devoted patient following. He offers several options for lip augmentation and can help each patient find their ideal look. For more information, contact Buckingham Center at 512.401.2500 or through the practice’s contact form.

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