The Liplase Laser plumping is one of the most sought-after of all cosmetic therapies, and it’s easy to see why. A full pout is linked to youth and health, and even if you weren’t born with lots of volume in these tissues – who is? – at Key West Med Spa in Key West, FL, we have a pain-free treatment option: The Liplase Lips, designed to improve lip shape and volume without needles.
What Is LipLase?
In social media posts, magazines, and television advertisements, the one consistent is full, luscious lips. And to satisfy those who want a plumper pout but aren’t keen on injectable fillers, LipLase can deliver.
This treatment is different because it uses a handheld laser that emits heat to both the inside and outside of your lips. We target underlying tissues and, in so doing, ignite the body’s natural healing response. This involves collagen synthesis, and when it comes to tissue plumping, collagen is key. As proof, it is responsible for the glossy, lifted appearance skin has throughout our youth and early 20s.
The Link Between Skin and Collagen
As production naturally wanes, skin falls victim to sagging, wrinkles, and folds. On average, you can expect to lose 1% of your baseline collagen levels every year after age 25. This impacts the structure of your face as well as your lips; the skin around the mouth loses its integrity and lips similarly look thin and flat.
Of course, some people are born with thin lips, and rather than a flaw, this trait is part of what makes you unique. You shouldn’t feel compelled to change your appearance as a way to meet aesthetic expectations. But we completely understand if you choose lip plumping to see how you look with a little extra volume or to boost your confidence.
How Collagen Responds to Heat
At this point, you’re probably wondering how collagen responds so positively to heat. We first need to explain that your body’s tissues are held to relatively low and consistent temperatures. Lasers ignite a change by directing heat to targeted sites; in the case of LipLase, we focus on the lips. Live cells react to the subsequent temperature increase and rapidly begin producing heat shock proteins (HSP) – also known as one form of collagen.
The changes rendered by laser heat “trick” the body into thinking it’s sustained damaged. This is a deliberate component of treatment, as collagen supports smooth lip plumping in a way that looks completely natural. This is important to many patients who want sexier pouts without the dreaded “duck lips” effect.
An Added Bonus
Because collagen and elastin go hand-in-hand, increasing the former also amplifies the latter. Elastin is important to the elastic nature of lips; when in high supply, it allows lips to move and stretch without losing their shape. Keep in mind the goals of treatment are to add volume and improve overall lips shape. This includes ensuring a well-defined border, encouraging some protrusion, and retaining the Cupid’s bow.
Now is also a good time to mention that treatment helps remodel tissues by replacing old, degraded collagen with new and healthy. This allows for consistent volume throughout both lips and across both sides. If one part of your lip is bolstered by new collagen but another part retains the old, you’ll look uneven. Treatment ensures symmetry with the tissue remodeling we mentioned just a moment ago.
How This Treatment Compares to Lip Fillers
Although LipLase strives to achieve the same outcome as lip fillers, the two treatments go about this in very different ways. Fillers commonly use hyaluronic acid (HA) to immediately improve the volume, shape, and structure of lips. Patients leave treatment with noticeably fuller lips, and results continue to develop in the coming days. These effects last from three to six months and then require periodic maintenance sessions.
HA is beneficial because it draws and binds to water molecules for a lush, perky appearance. It also moisturizes lip tissues so they look smooth and soft. Laser, on the other hand, takes time to produce results because it relies on the body’s natural production of collagen. The effects are therefore very natural; you’ll see subtle volume and restored shape in proportion with the rest of your face.
Why Some Patients Prefer Laser
In a nutshell, laser poses no side effects and is safe for most patients. It’s also beneficial for patients who want results that develop over time rather than leaving work on Friday and returning Monday with a visibly altered appearance. In other words, this treatment doesn’t alert anyone to the fact that you’ve had “work done.”
HA fillers provide immediate results, as mentioned earlier. But laser continues to improve the shape and volume of your lips over a course of several months. Results then last up to a year as collagen synthesis also continues. Most patients need an average of three or four laser sessions delivered once monthly, but only one maintenance session is required annually.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re wondering what this treatment feels like, we’re happy to explain your session will only last around 20 minutes. It’s quick and probably more comfortable than you expect. In fact, we don’t apply a numbing agent because it’s not necessary. It is, however, available if you prefer it.
In terms of the exact sensation, most patients liken it to hot water slowly dribbling onto the lips. There is no pain, and because we don’t use a needle, you similarly won’t feel any pricks. Your lips may feel warm for up to 30 minutes after treatment, but you’re not at risk for bruising or bleeding. These attributes allow you to resume normal activities as soon as you leave our office.
What Should Be Avoided Before Treatment?
LipLase is fairly low-maintenance in terms of pre-and post-treatment guidelines. We recommend you avoid excessive sunlight prior to your appointment so your lips don’t become excessively dry, chapped, or burnt. In addition, the laser emits heat to a very precise depth to target underlying tissues. Time spent in the sun before and after treatment can therefore exacerbate the effects of treatment and interfere with your results.
What Can You Expect After Treatment?
You should keep your lips as moist as possible following therapy. You may experience some slight peeling, but this will resolve itself within a couple of days. Applying lip balm or lip oil (the latter is especially effective) to keep your lips moisturized will help, and developing this habit daily will ensure your plumper lips look smooth, fresh, and glossy at all times.
Does Treatment Affect Lip Sensation?
This is a concern for many patients, but the truth is that laser lip plumping won’t cause you to lose feeling. The only goal of treatment is to stimulate collagen production, and this is a natural process that doesn’t negatively affect tissues. Your lips will have the same sense of feeling after therapy as they had before.
Is It Possible to Produce Too Much Collagen?
It’s natural to think this is possible, but we can tell you the human body is designed to only produce so much collagen. Even when an external stimulus is used to induce its synthesis, collagen has a cut-off point. This means you won’t end up with overly full lips. As we mentioned earlier, your lips will remain proportionate with your other features as well as the shape and size of your face.
Any Other Important Facts?
Yes. We might have saved the best tidbit for last. This treatment can also smooth those pesky lines that form around the lips. These are commonly known as smoker’s lines and can detract from the overall beauty of your lips. By eliminating them, treatment returns the focus to your fresh, more youthful-looking pout.
Let’s Talk Lips
Lips are similar to fingerprints in that each has its own pattern. The crisscross of lines and wrinkles is completely unique, and additionally noteworthy is that lips are the most sensitive part of the human body. They only have three to five layers of cells – the skin has 10 – but millions of nerve endings. In addition, they quickly change colors in response to cold temperatures or illness and contain zero sweat glands.
While lacking the ability to sweat may seem desirable, it means these sensitive tissues also lack protection from nature. They respond to air temperature changes by easily drying and are also highly sensitive to UV rays. Last but not least, many people forget to exfoliate the lips, but they shed dead cells just as skin does and need a gentle scrub from time to time to stay soft.
The Quest for a Perfect Pout
In Queen Victoria’s day, plump lips were considered vulgar. To achieve the ideal lip shape, which at that time was thin and stiff, Victorian women said “prunes” instead of “cheese” in photographs. The goal was to bring the lips together so they formed nothing more than a pinhole, which embodied the gentle if not coy demeanor of the day.
This trend wasn’t destined for longevity and quickly fell out of favor in the early 20th century. Flappers opted for accentuated Cupid’s bows and brightly painted lips that mimicked the time’s movie screen stars. Soon, it wasn’t just pinup girls and Hollywood icons pouting and blowing kisses – wives and girlfriends were doing the same.
An Overt Desire
In Victorian times, the goal was to suppress sexuality and embrace ladylike elegance. But this was like placing a Band-Aid on a broken arm; full lips are inherently connected to sexual vitality. This is why the look of the late 19th century was nothing more than a passing whim; we are wired to want and appreciate full lips. They signal youth and vitality, according to science. And our eyes are automatically drawn to shape and structure as indicators of youth.
A plump pout also signifies health. Earlier, we mentioned these tissues lose their color during illness; the bubonic plague, for example, turns red lips black. And at various points in history, a full pout inspired some of the most beloved pieces of art. Renaissance paintings showed men and women alike with red lips temptingly parted, and Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa has such perfect lips they’ve inspired the ideal known as the “golden ratio.”
A Pain-free Way to Fuller Lips
If you dislike needles but are eager for a little lip plumping, LipLase is the answer. It’s quickly and easily administered, ignites your body’s healing processes to add natural volume, and requires very little in the way of maintenance. Schedule your consultation today by calling Key West Med Spa in Key West, FL.