So, you’re ready to take the plunge with hyaluronic acid (HA) lip fillers to achieve the fullness you’ve always wanted, but you’re not sure how to talk with your dermatologist about the exact shape you hope to achieve. Or perhaps you’re hoping to address signs of aging while leaving your lip shape as natural as possible.
Today, we’ll help you define the lip look you’ll love by showing you the different components of their anatomy and explaining how fillers can affect the overall aesthetic of your mouth.
What Are the Different Parts of the Lips?
At first glance, lips seem like they’re pretty simple, but they’re actually made up of several different structures. Your dermatologist will assess how these parts fit together to know exactly where to insert the fillers and to what depth.
Upper lips are typically less full than the bottom lip, and it’s the lip that loses the most volume as we age. Fillers here can add volume and definition for a more balanced look in proportion with the bottom lip.
The Cupid’s bow is an ‘M’-shaped curve on the upper lip. Many people who are interested in lip fillers want to achieve a well-defined Cupid’s bow because it’s a classically elegant lip look.
Philtral columns are vertical lines connecting your nose to the upper lip. These columns frame the Cupid’s bow, forming natural contours that your dermatologist can accentuate further to define the natural curve of the upper lip.
The philtral dimple is a small indentation located just below the nose. It can be subtle or distinctive and brings a lot of character to the shape of your upper lip. Adding fillers to the philtral columns will change the depth of your phitral dimple.
The wet-dry border is the transitional line where your lip’s wet inner mucosa meets the dry outer skin. Enhancing this area can create an illusion of fuller, more luscious lips while smoothing out vertical lines associated with aging.
The vermilion border defines the edge of your lips, where the color of your pout transitions into your skin tone. Fillers can sharpen the vermillion border, dramatically changing the shape and contour of your lips.
The vermilion lip is the colored, visible part of your lips. Many people choose to add fillers to the vermillion because it helps smooth out age lines, but it’s also perfect for increasing the overall volume or addressing unbalanced upper/bottom lip proportions.
Tubercles are the small, rounded projections that give your lips their shape. Careful placement of fillers can accentuate these areas to create a fuller lip shape, creating a lip look that matches your overall facial structure.
The oral commissure is where the upper and lower lips meet at the corners of the mouth. Adding fillers here can correct downturned lips to make your natural resting state look more cheerful.
Bottom lips are generally fuller and more prominent than the upper lip, but they’re still a popular target for fillers. More volume in the bottom lip gives the mouth a more youthful plumpness that many people desire, and they can help offset unbalance for those with a fuller top lip.
Why Choose Hyaluronic Acid Lip Fillers?
If you want a plump pout and to turn back the clock on aging, HA fillers like Juvederm Voluma®, Juvederm Volbella® XC and Juvederm Vollure™ XC are the best options for stunning results without the recovery time necessary after surgical augmentation.
First, your body naturally produces HA, so it’s well-tolerated and unlikely to cause an adverse allergic reaction. Once injected, it acts like a powerful humectant with the ability to attract and retain water, which gives your lips volume and a dewy, hydrated glow.
HA fillers also offer precision and control during the procedure, which allows your dermatologist to easily adjust the volume and treatment areas for the exact pout proportions you’re dreaming of.
Finally, they’re long-lasting, so you’ll have that perfectly pretty plumpness for up to 4-6 months before it’s time for a touch-up.
Treat yourself this holiday season to a little pout pampering by scheduling a lip filler consultation with Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Institute!