The big talk after the recent Grammy Awards wasn’t Hillary Clinton’s cameo or Lady Gaga’s incredible performance, it was Kendall Jenner’s seriously plump pucker.
The Twitterverse lit up with accusations about what the 22-year-old did or didn’t do to achieve such full lips. Was it lip-plants? Fillers? Or maybe just a generous application of sister Kylie’s lip kit?
The Kardashian-Jenner clan certainly do move the pop culture radar, and the recent brouhaha over Kendall’s pout suggests that lip enhancement will be ‘on trend’ for some time to come. The somewhat recent advent of site-specific lip fillers such as Juvederm Volbella and Restylane Silk has certainly helped further propel lip enhancement into patient's vernacular and fueled upticks in requests.
“From lip-plumping lipsticks to Hyaluronic acid-based fillers, the desire for lip enhancements is exploding especially with our younger patients,” shares Steven H. Dayan, MD, FACS, a facial plastic surgeon practicing in Chicago, IL and Co-Chief Medical Editor for Modern Aesthetics® magazine. “Our most popular social media post always center around lips [and] Valentine’s Day promotions have even more people talking about lips.”
Joe Niamtu, III, DMD, FAAC, Cosmetic Facial Surgery in Midlothian, VA, agrees. "Lip enhancement has been trending since the Egyptian times; beautiful and full lips have been in vogue for 5,000 years and I see no end to this. It has never been easier to enhance the lips and lip augmentation remains one of the mainstays of my practice."
That said, he does see a disturbing trend brewing. "The Kylie Jenner generation things that over-done lips are beautiful," he says. "Social media is abounding with thousands of pictures of 20- somethings with massively overtreated lips."
Dr. Niamtu has attempted to talk certain younger patients out of further lip augmentation. "It makes them look bad and makes me look bad," he says. "I have always thought that the prettiest lips are 'just a little fuller and more defined than the average'. In my mind that is the sweet spot and goal. "
Sometimes less is more, he says. "I like upper and lower lip fullness, good vermillion show, good outline and symmetry. I think subtle will always win, but right now I see young people that simply feel that more is more. I believe it will be a fad."
Lip enhancement is still very much trending and is a popular procedure performed in the office, adds Michael T. Somenek, MD, a facial plastic surgeon in Washington, DC. "I think celebrities are certainly influencing the millennial population and are a large reason why they seek lip enhancement," he says. "It is less common in the older population as they feel the Kylie Jenner look is too overdone and unnatural appearing."