While women have a reputation for getting lip injections to resemble their favorite celebrities, the stereotype has been shown to be unfounded. In fact, it has been shown that men are also getting lip injections. Here’s what we know.
On the Rise
A recent study has shown that the amount of men receiving cosmetic surgery has increased more than 28% within the past 10 years. Meanwhile, non-invasive procedures such as lip injections have increased by an incredible 74% within the past couple of years. The stigma might still be there somewhat, but that is no longer restricting men’s choice in having the procedure.
Lip injections are a non-invasive cosmetic procedure. There is a filler that is injected into the lips to increase their size and shape. The filler is comprised of hyaluronic acid, which is a substance that naturally occurs within the body. Since it is already in your skin, the results will look as natural as possible.
It is important to know that lip fillers are temporary. While they will least for many months at a time, your body will eventually metabolize the hyaluronic acid. You will know that it is time for more injections once there is a visible difference in the shape and fullness of your lips.
The question that often comes to mind is, what celebrities are they trying to look like? There are actually quite a few. Brad Pitt has been a favorite for decades and, since he continues to come out with new movies and remain in the spotlight, getting fillers to resemble his lips is common. Another celebrity is singer Harry Styles as well as actors Henry Cavill and Channing Tatum. The options are endless really.
What are the Looks?
Lip injections are used to fill and reshape the appearance of lips. In some cases, lips can be turned more pouty and fuller. In other cases, the patient might have incredibly thin lips so filler will be able to completely change the shape of them and the overall appearance of the mouth. Another popular choice is known as the “proud lip” or “macho mouth.” This is a method where the lower lip is filled to be larger than the top, resulting in a more masculine appearance.
Why the Rise?
With the increase in men willing to have the lip injections performed, the question of “why” will naturally come into play. One thought is that the culture of selfies and social media has been a large influence. People care more about their faces since their faces can be broadly shared to hundreds of family, friends, acquaintances, and even strangers, all around the world. While photo filters are often used, extreme photo alteration is not as effective as lip injections would be.
There is also the increase in online dating, where the images that are put online are what can help people secure dates. Naturally, it would be ideal if those profile pictures matched what you looked like in real life. Lip fillers can ensure that you will not need any photo filters to get your ideal look, instead achieving the look and photographing that directly.
What Else you should know
The results from a lip injection are fairly immediate. You will leave your appointment with fuller lips, but they might also be swollen as the lips and the skin around them adjust to the changed shape. You might also have some minor bruising that should fade away within a few days.
Otherwise, prepare to have the lips you have only dreamed of.