Pucker Up Lip Injections on The Rise in Young Women

Lip Injections have become increasingly popular, especially in women in their early 20’s and 30’s.

Women are being influenced by celebrities, social media and their peers to want to achieve a fuller pout. “I never really was self conscious about my lips,” said Haley Page, a 23-year-old woman who has gotten her lips done a couple times, “until I started seeing other people.”

Dr. Rosy Sandhu the founder and medical director of Neem Medical Spa says that “inherently the way beautiful lips are described is that the proportion of the top lip to the bottom lip is one third, two third. The lower lip is always meant to be a little fuller. But more and more I get people who don’t want that. Everyone wants the top lip to be fuller.”

“As long as they are hyaluronic acid fillers, they are very studied and they are safe” says Dr. Sandhu. Despite the FDA approval stating that fillers will last up to a year, “in 6 to 8 months, most people come back for a touch up,” says Dr. Sandhu. People start getting used to a certain look and once their lips settle a little they don’t like it.

The lip procedure is very non invasive and requires little to no down time. There are minimal side effects, which may include minimal bleeding or a tiny bruise.

“Needles scare me and every time I go I almost faint” says Page who is afraid of needles. But she also says her fear won’t stop her and that she “will probably never have small lips again”

“The youngest one we just had in our clinic was last month and she was only 20,” says Dr. Sandhu. Dr. Sandhu says she has noticed that young women want more filler, but she will only inject a little under one syringe the first time.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery there has been a spike in the number of lip procedures especially since 2011. The number of procedures is growing at a faster pace that breast augmentations.

Both Haley and Dr.Sandhu shared similar advice for young girls wanting to get their lips done.

“Wait!” said Page. “Right now it’s just a phase and I think it’s going to fizzle out, I don’t think it’s something you definitely need to do.”

“If you’re just doing it to follow a celebrity or a trend, I think you’re better than that.” said Dr. Sandhu. “Trends are going to change, in 5 years from now this may not completely be something you want.”

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