Do Your Lips Lie About Your Age?

If you looked at just your lips in a magnifying mirror, what would they say about your age? Are they too thin? Do they have those deep, vertical, and highly visible lines known as smoker’s pucker? Wouldn’t you rather have smooth, plump lips that make a lipstick proud? What about your eyelids? Are they drooping? Do you find yourself becoming ever more dependent on your eyebrow pencil? Now look at your face as a whole. Dimples are cute—wrinkles and sunken cheeks are not. And as we age, there’s nothing funny about laugh lines.

Now for some good news: All of these facial imperfections can be corrected … and usually, during your lunch hour! With dermal filler injections, the unwanted lines you see in the magnifying mirror can be softened or erased. “Volumizing” and “revitalizing” are the words most often used by clients who have had dermal fillers to describe the change in appearance they enjoy.

Sometimes known by the nickname “liquid facelift,” dermal fillers don’t give you the frozen look often associated with certain plastic surgery techniques. Have you seen a picture of Joan Rivers lately? She is a poster child for the unnatural appearance often associated with plastic surgery. Even Joan’s daughter Melissa has tried to stage an intervention for her Mom’s plastic surgery habit.

Meg Ryan
Meg Ryan

Meg Ryan,

Even Meg Ryan realized her previous plastic surgery forays were just too much and has since toned down her “fish face,” so dubbed by blunt caption writers and merciless women’s magazine editors. Café Mom agrees that America’s sweetheart from You’ve Got Mail “took a beautiful natural face and created a plumped up caricature of herself.” Though plastic surgery can create many beautiful results, sometimes, less really is more—especially when it comes to altering your face.

The beauty of dermal fillers is that there are many different types to choose from depending upon the look you are trying to achieve.  Juvederm® and Voluma are among the most popular and widely used. Most dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid, which is a sugar component the skin produces naturally but that decreases in production with age. Determining the right quantity of dermal fillers requires a skilled and knowledgeable professional to ensure that the procedure is safe and that the results are flattering.

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Men are getting in on a little dermal filler action, too. Last year at Christmas, many women gave their husbands the gift of Botox treatments, which inspired ABC News to term the trend “Bro-tox.” Last year, men accounted for more than 300,000 dermal filler procedures – a 10% increase from the prior year. Once again, just don’t go too far—if a cautionary tale is needed, just Google “Burt Reynolds plastic surgery.”

All that being said, plastic surgery is a good and useful tool, and there are many reputable and skilled practitioners who do beautiful work. However, bear in mind that besides the risk of overdoing it, plastic surgery is also major surgery, which comes with a significant recovery time and the risks associated with any surgical procedure. Although dermal fillers are temporary—typically lasting from three to 12 months—so, too, is plastic surgery, which is why many women and men have multiple facelifts over their lifetime. Another perk of dermal fillers is that you don’t have to be a movie star to afford them.

Think about it: Frown lines? Gone. Fine lines around your eyes? History! Want to look your best and increase your self-confidence? Set up a lunch date with your medical skin therapist for dermal filler injections.



Mia Liefso is a professional medical skin therapist and the owner of Bradford Skin Clinic & Med Spa in Bradford, Ontario. She has certifications in IPL, LHE, laser and ultrasound technologies, as well as body contouring and medical facial peels. Her areas of special interest include difficult skin conditions—psoriasis, eczema, and acne—premature aging, and endocrinology. Mia’s passion lies in helping people love the skin they’re in.

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