What’s your precious pout all about? Read on to find out some of my top #lipfacts!
Every individual has a unique set of lips.
While humans are not the only animals with a pair of lips surrounding their mouth, the characteristics that make up our unique pout is not found in other species. The vermillion border, or the obvious line separating the lips from the surrounding skin, is specific to humans. This line creates the lip shape and size.
The lips can create subconscious sex appeal.
Many cues that men and women exchange for the eventual purpose of mating can be noted subconsciously. When kissing, we are physically close to a potential mate, and can detect certain characteristics through their scent. Pheromones, a chemical substance created to relay information to other members of a species, can help us determine who would be our best genetic match and are released for this purpose and others. It is suspected that females are attracted to men who have differing immune systems then their own, which is why members of a family may not be attracted to one another’s scents.
Different parts of the lips have different names.
We may refer to areas of the lips colloquially, with endearing terms like “Cupid’s bow,” but there are several scientific terms to describe the anatomy of each part of the lips. Instead of calling the V-shaped area between the arches of the upper lips the Cupid’s bow, you can use the medical term, philtrum.
Lips don’t sweat.
While much of the skin contains sweat and oil glands, the lips do not. These components help to lubricate the skin, keeping it naturally healthy and protected. In the absence of sweat glands, lips become dry. Fortunately, the lips will never produce an acne pimple!
Lips are naturally pigmented from the inside out.
While the lips are pigmented, this is not a byproduct of melanin. Instead, the skin of the lips is very thin, exposing the underlying blood vessels. Lips also become chapped and bleed easily due to the fact that the skin contains about one fifth of the layer skin cells compared with skin found elsewhere on the body.
Lips up here, lips down there….
It has been suggested that men prefer when women wear prominent colors on their lips because this can make a potential mate think about the lips of her labia. When a woman is aroused, blood rushes to her genitals which can amplify their size and color. By using lip products such as lipstick and gloss, women are performing the same function in a more visible region of the body: the face.
As humans age, so do their lips.
There are many areas of the face that display signs of aging, and the lips are no exception. The lips move as we talk, chew, and make facial expressions so they receive more of a workout than other areas of the face. In the same way that collagen breaks down and is less frequently produced in the face, creating wrinkles and skin laxity, the lips age in a similar way.
Some actions may age the lips more quickly.
It is thought that puckering the lips frequently, like when smoking a cigarette can speed up the aging process in the lips. These repetitive motions along with the harmful chemicals found in cigarettes may break down the structures of the skin faster than the natural aging process. Other similar suctioning motions of the lips such as sucking a beverage through a straw, or playing a musical instrument are not thought to age the lips, due to the absence of the smoke.
When puberty floods adolescent bodies with sex hormones, young women’s lips become plumper which, according to science, men prefer. Women are drawn toward average-sized lips in men, which is thought to be a more masculine trait.
The Importance of the Look of the Lips
Women have long sought to increase the prominence of their lips, whether through cosmetics, dermal injections, or more permanent augmentations through surgical implants. Through learning facts about the lips, it is obvious why people spent time and money improving their appearance. Beautifying the lips improves peoples’ attractiveness, in the eyes of themselves and others’.
I provide numerous options for people seeking to enhance their natural lips through cosmetic lip augmentation. Some prefer a slight to moderate plumping effect that can be created through collagen, fat injections, and hyaluronic acid fillers. Patients may opt to undergo injections in certain areas of the lips, the entire upper, entire lower, or both lips. Patients are awake during the procedure, and the results are immediate, making this a fully customizable treatment option. These substances remain in place once injected and successfully plump the local skin of the lips. Over time, they gradually are absorbed by the body, and must be performed again to maintain aesthetics.
Lip implants are a permanent solution to thin, aging, or asymmetrical lips. The implants, commonly of SoftForm, Gore-Tex and Advanta brands, may benefit the upper lip, lower lip, or the full set of lips. The materials used are semisoft and are biocompatible, and meant to move with the natural motion of the lips. The incision is hidden, making this procedure discreet. If the patient opts to have the implant removed, a second surgery is necessary.
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