Lips Like Kylie Jenner: To Do or Not To Do?
Kylie Jenner’s lips make the news again. If you haven’t been living under a rock, you have seen the news about Kylie Jenner on the cover of Forbes magazine for having a net worth of USD 900 million at such a young age.
Kylie’s fortune is an excellent example of how fame and an acute business sense to seize opportunities can reap astonishing rewards. And, it all started with a lip augmentation.
- The Story of Kylie’s Lips and Lipstick Line
- Why lip fillers – should you, should you not?
- What is a lip filler and how long does it last?
- How much do lip injections cost?
- How is the fillers treatment done?
- Where to go for lip fillers in Singapore?
- The alternative to lip injections: plumping lipsticks
- The Story of Kylie’s Lips and Lipstick Line
The Story of Kylie’s Lips and Lipstick Line
Riding the wave to fame with her ‘plumped lips’ look and with the support of her “super-manager’ cum mother, Kylie first launched her lip kits in 2015 via social media. They sold out in one minute. After this staggering success, in 2016 Kylie Cosmetics is relaunched on Shopify and becomes a beauty hit again.
Fast forward to now, and Kylie lands on the cover of Forbes magazine, who valued her net worth at $900 million, claiming she is on the way to becoming the youngest ‘self-made’ billionaire ever.
‘Self-made’ definition and controversies apart, it is undeniable that the reality star has influenced women across the world and helped popularise cosmetic procedures. Lipsticks help but can’t do miracles, and lip fillers eventually became the most popular cosmetic procedure in 2016.
Now, with Kylie Jenner’s recent announcement about removing her lip fillers, will we see a similar effect? Will thin lips become all the rage? Let’s wait and see how the trend evolves. If you are considering getting lip fillers, read on.
Why lip fillers – should you, should you not?
Dermal fillers are a popular cosmetic procedure and increasingly sought after in Singapore. In a constant pursuit to have a perfectly balanced face and youthful look, women and men alike are more willing to try cosmetic procedures that don’t require plastic surgery. The products and techniques for dermal fillers have evolved in the past few years, and there are more and more specialised doctors in these type of procedures. These factors along with the decrease of cost helped reduce the stigma associated with cosmetics treatments, and the reality is that most dermatological procedures, when done by an experienced professional, look so natural that are hard to spot by laymen.
If you are considering getting your lips to look as plump and soft as little pillows, here is what you need to know.
What look do you want to achieve?
Consider carefully why you want to go for injectable fillers. Do you really need bigger lips? Can you imagine how you would look like after the procedure? Plumped lips are associated with a sexier look and plumper lips look more hydrated and attractive. Some people dream of having a classic Kylie Jenner style, a ‘bee-stung’ look for aesthetic purposes. Some others want to achieve a fresher and more polished look. Others just wish to balance out an asymmetrical lip or correct a cleft lip. Cleft lip correction usually requires surgery, but dermal fillers can help to disguise scars and get rid of skin depressions associated with it.
Let your doctor know what look you are trying to achieve, show her/him some photo examples of what you would want to look like and they will advise you on the best procedure. Treat this with the same seriousness you would with any other medical procedure. Ask as many questions as possible and make an informed decision.
What is a lip filler and how long does it last?
There is more than one type of lip fillers. The most used products are hyaluronic acid (HA) based. Hyaluronic acid is a temporary filler lasting between 9 to 12 months.
Hyaluronic acid based fillers can improve the appearance of your lips by enhancing the shape, structure and volume of your lips. Here are some of the most popular brands: Restylane, Restylane-L, Restylane Silk, Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Belotero Balance, Hylaform and Elevess.
There are also semi-permanent fillers that can last years, but they have a higher probability of causing complications such as lumps and scarring, so they are not the doctor’s preferred choice.
How much do lip injections cost?
Prices for lip fillers range from SGD 650 to SGD 1000 (per 1ml syringe) depending on which filler brand is used and how many sessions you need to have.
If you have very thin lips and want to achieve a very full but still natural look, you might have to do more than one session, and this can, therefore, be more expensive.
After 12 to 18 months, you can choose to redo the procedure and get back to your plumped look. There is no downside of not repeating the fillers. If you do not wish to get fillers again, your lips will get back to their normal size after the mentioned period.
How is the fillers treatment done?
During your appointment, you will seat with your selected professional to go through the details of how much of filler you will need and how is it going to be done. After that, the procedure itself is very straightforward. The practitioner will inject the filler into your lips and, once it is done, you are good to go.
AS mentioned above, HA acid lip fillers are temporary, lasting between 9 to 12 months and they are reversible, meaning that they can be corrected or dissolved if needed.
Does it hurt?
The treatment can be done using needles or with cannulas to prevent swelling. Most clinics use either ice or numbing creams before injecting the filler, and the fillers itself usually contain an anaesthetic. So, the only thing you will feel is a slight prickling feeling of the initial injection. No pain and no downtime required, you can get back to your routine right after. Doctors will advise you to avoid extreme heat, sun and alcohol immediately after the procedure.
What happens if you regret and want to go back to your natural look?
If you change your mind, you can remove your filler. Well, technically you won’t be removing it, but you will be dissolving the filler. Getting rid of lip filler involves injections of a product called Hyaluronidase that dissolves the hyaluronic acid used as filler. By injecting the product into the unwanted HA filler, doctors can reverse the process in a matter of days.
Dissolving lip filler costs roughly SGD 600 per treatment, and only one treatment is necessary to undo a previous lip injection. All things considered, dissolving treatment costs almost as much as getting the filler in the first place. This procedure might cause swelling but that should go away within a few days.
Where to go for lip fillers in Singapore?
In Singapore, only accredited doctors are allowed to inject dermal fillers. These procedures are expensive for a reason so don’t fall for scams of getting these services in a cheaper beauty salon by a non-doctor. Such practices are illegal and dangerous. Choose you practitioner carefully, look for reviews online and opinions of people who have done it before.
Singapore has plenty of experienced clinicians that are trained to do dermal fillers. See below a list of clinics in Singapore that you can consider:
1. Dr Yvonne Goh at #09-05 Camden Medical Centre. Tel: 6462 2559. Website: dryvonnegoh.com.
2. Sloane Clinic at 2 locations:
- Citysphere- Chevron House, 30 Raffles Place #03-01, Singapore 048622. Tel: +65 6533 2522 Operating Hours: Mon – Fri: 9 am – 8 pm. Sat: 9am – 4pm. Sun & PH: Closed
- Wellness Suites, Novena Medical Center, 10 Sinaran Drive # 08-35, Singapore 307506. Tel: +65 6397 6372. Operating Hours: Mon – Fri: 9 am – 8 pm. Sat: 9am – 4pm. Sun & PH: By Appointment Only
3. NU.REFLECTIONS Medical Aesthetics at Regency House, 123 Penang Rd, #05-12, Singapore 238465. Phone: 6235 5333 Website: nu-reflections.com/medical-aesthetics
4. The Belle Clinic at 160 Robinson Road, SBF Medical Center, #03-02, Singapore, 068914. Tel: 3163 1114 ext: 19721 Website: www.thebelleclinic.com
5. Lush Medical Clinic at 176 Orchard Road, The Centrepoint #03-31, Singapore. Tel: Website: www.lushmedicalclinic.com.sg
6. The Chelsea Clinic at #05-08A Wheelock Place, Singapore. Tel: Website: www.chelseaclinic.com.sg
7. Aesthetic Medical Clinic Singapore at 435 Orchard Road, #17-04/05 Wisma Atria, Singapore. Tel: Website: www.aestheticmedical.com.sg
The alternative to lip injections: plumping lipsticks
Do you want big lips but aren’t ready to go the “Kylie Jenner” way? The non-invasive option is plumping lip products.
Do you wish to achieve the swollen lips of your dreams without stepping foot in a dermatologist’s office? Lip plumpers might help you with that. Don’t expect visible results as the actual fillers but, given the price and quality of some of the lip products out there, this is as good as any alternative. See here a few of our favourite lip products (other than Kylie Jenner’s brand) that promise to give you an irresistible kissable look:
Dior Addict Lip Maximizer, Price: SGD 48 at Sephora
2. MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Lip Booster, Price: SGD 39 at Sephora
3. Guerlain Superlips, Price: SGD 45 at Sephora
4. Glamglow Plumprageous Gloss Lip Treatment, Price: SGD 28 at Sephora
5. Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme, Price: SGD 28 at Sephora
A perfect pout comes with a beautiful smile
Fillers or no fillers, the key to having a beautiful pout is to keep your skin hydrated, remove your lipstick before sleeping, use lip balm every day, preferably with sunscreen protection, use a lip scrub once a week, and smile often. Most importantly, remember that cosmetic procedures like lip fillers are not a necessary thing but a luxury that you can live without. Your beauty is not defined by the look and size of your lips.
Have you used Kylie Cosmetics? Would you try lip fillers? Let us know what you think about it in the comments below.
* Featured Image credit: Forbes Magazine