After your 40s, the loss of collagen and lack of elasticity can leave the top lip without any border. Lips also become deflated and wrinkled, while collagen and elastin which gives lips their fullness breaks down. But you can easily and quickly restore their shape and boost volume.
* Restylane Silk is one of the latest fillers especially designed for lips as it has smaller particles than other fillers and integrates without forming any bumps. By injecting the filler along the border of the lip it can restore lip shape and borders without enlarging the lips and bonus lipstick will no longer bleed. From £350 0207436 4441
*For temporary plumpness try the Cinderella lip treatment at the clinic. A dental block is given and then Saline – water containing salt – is injected into the lip line giving the lips a natural outline and a fuller pout – no danger of a trout pout as the effect will only last up to four days – expect to pay around £100 contact as above.
*You don’t have to have injections to boost volume- Lip plumpers and glosses can help create temporary bee-stung fullness. Hot from the USA is cult Luscious Lips Lip Plumper available in all colours (£45 lusciouslips.com) which stimulates new collagen and instantly improves lip fullness. A dab of cinnamon, clove or peppermint oils will also swell lips temporarily. Dab on every couple of hours to keep up the results.
*Fake a better shape with make up. A lip primer is the best way to stop lips bleeding and will also make lips look fuller and lipstick last longer. Try NYX Cosmetics Lip Primer (£6 boots.com) and then outline lips with a browny-nude lip pencil just outside the lip line, smudge your lip liner gently in with your fingertip so there are no harsh lines and fill your lips with a colour.
*Semi permanent makeup adds more definition, making the lips look plumper without the use of injections. The one-hour treatment begins by numbing the lips with lidocaine before the lip line and area directly above it are injected with pigment that’s customized for your lip and skin tone. Post-treatment, your lips may be red and swollen, and it will probably scab for a few days. However, the results can last from one to three years, depending on how fast the injected pigment is absorbed. Results should last up to two years – from £800. Contact 0207 436 4441 for more details