Lip augmentation is a popular procedure for creating fuller, more contoured lips that look both sensuous and natural. Today in the plastic surgery industry, a natural appearance is more important than ever, and many people do not want to reveal that their new look is anything but the real deal. If you are interested in natural-looking lip augmentation, then you may have heard the phrase “passing the kiss test”. But what does this mean, and how does it factor into your prospective procedure?
The Kiss Test
The kiss test is essentially another way of saying a natural-looking augmented appearance without lumps or overfilling. The idea is that augmented lips that feel soft and natural during a kiss have “passed the kiss test,” which should allow patients to keep quiet about their treatments should they choose to do so. No one wants overfilled, unnatural, lumpy, or hard lips, so the kiss test is a good benchmark to go by when assessing results. But how do you help ensure your results will pass the test?
Fillers: Soft and Natural
The only solution for lip augmentation currently that provides a very natural look and feel is a dermal filler like Restylane or Juvederm. These popular products are injectable, involve only a short procedure (sometimes only 15 minutes) and require little to no downtime. While the lips will be larger than expected following treatment (due to swelling from the injections), the results should settle after several days. If the treatment was performed well, lip augmentation with dermal fillers should pass the kiss test with no problems.
Not So Natural, But Permanent
Unfortunately, if you are interested in permanent augmentation, you may have to sacrifice a truly natural feel. Lip implants are currently the only safe and reliable method for permanent augmentation, so if you don’t want to have to get injections refreshed every 6 months to a year, you may need to consider surgery. The best option for you all depends on your priorities, budget, and candidacy for each procedure. Dermal fillers can be a good way to get a preview of results before committing to surgical augmentation.
Don’t Skimp on Quality
Remember, even though lip injections are temporary, the results can last for up to a year, so you should do everything you can to ensure a favorable outcome. Lip augmentation takes much more skill to perform correctly than many other injectable treatments, as the contour of the area is extremely important, and mistakes are prominent. This type of injectable treatment requires knowledge, skill, and artistry that only a board certified plastic surgeon can provide. Before choosing your surgeon, do extensive research and meet with several candidates before you choose your provider.
If you are looking for expert care and advice in the Toronto area, come to Revesse and meet with board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Robert A. Mounsey. Dr. Mounsey is committed to providing his patients with beautiful, natural results that are customized to each person’s needs and facial structure. Dr. Mounsey has over 20 years of experience and offers the best in facial plastic surgery. For more information, and to schedule a consultation at Revesse, call 416.438.2499 today.