Why lip fillers are the new Louboutins for young Irish women
When Lester first had the lip procedure done, her lips were swollen for the rest of the day. “They go down, but in my case, I always want them to be as big as when they swollen,” she says.
For young women today, the glamour stakes have never been higher. Previously reserved for big nights out or special occasions, incredible grooming is now a must during daylight hours regardless of whether they actually leave the house.
During the recession, cosmetic companies were amongst a small number of luxurious brands that actually increased sales. People may have had less disposable income but aspirations of beauty increased. Indicative of a global trend and no doubt spurred on by social media and selfie culture it seen as quite for a woman to have acrylic nails, additional lashes and dark, groomed eyebrows.
But amongst the younger demographic, make up, hair extensions and even semi permanent eyebrow Discount Replica Louis Vuitton Bags tattoos are not enough to satisfy their craving for the perfect look. Step up surgery which allows young women to surgically alter their appearance to emulate the look du jour popularised by celebrities they follow online.
In the past, young women might have aspired to owning a Louis Vuitton handbag or a pair of Louboutins, cheap replica handbags now lip filler is topping the wish list. And just like those designer Celtic Tiger totems, having an aesthetic procedure is something to be flaunted and bragged about openly, not hidden away like the secretive plastic surgeries of the past.
Search the hashtag on Instagram and you find 3.1 million posts covering everything from products and make up techniques designed to give you the bee stung look, to countless pouting selfies. A search for lipfillers brings up some 77,000 posts, while lipinjections has a further 46,000 entries. Here, you can see before and after photos, testimonials and special offers from salons promising lips and perfect pout You can also watch videos of the procedure being done, some featuring women injecting their own lips.
The proliferation of celebrity magazines and gossip websites are radically altering the general perception of a face. Many of the young women populating reality TV shows have had some sort of cosmetic work done; work they promote on their social media profiles, often in lieu of payment. The stars of British programmes Geordie Shore, The Only Way Is Essex and Ex On The Beach have over the course of their shows, physically morphed into slimmer, more plumped up versions of themselves; Geordie Shore Chloe Ferry recently commented on how “ugly” she looked when she first appeared on MTV, as she spoke of her desire to escape the natural look and have even more “work done”. Meanwhile, cast mate Charlotte Crosby who has spoken about her lip enhancements as well as having had rhinoplasty, or a job garnered more than 69,000 on fake louis bag Instagram for a photo of heavily filled lips tagged the lip police
It possible to get new lips for a couple of hundred euro in a salon or even have the service 1:1 replica handbags administered in your kitchen. The results are obvious and lasting, meaning instant gratification and attention.
Dubliner Lauren Bejaoui (21) is a model and a blogger with 25,000 Instagram followers. She had her first lip injections six months ago. “I became really tired of over drawing my lips with liner to make them appear bigger, so after a lot of consideration and research, I decided to get filler last May,” Bejaoui says. “I always found full lips really aesthetically pleasing and high quality designer replica handbags unfortunately for me and my own personal idea of beauty, I wasn blessed in the lip department.”
Bejaoui has appeared in several magazine editorials and a campaign shoot for the brand American Apparel. Despite her natural beauty she still desired that full mouthed look. “I feel like it has just balanced out replica louis vuitton handbags my face and gave me that natural looking pout that I always desired. Confidence comes from within, but it absolutely makes me feel great knowing my lips won rub off.”
Bejaoui who had her filler administered by Dr Mukesh Laloo at the Cosmedics clinic in Blanchardstown says that everything these days evolves at such a fast pace, Perfect Quality Louis Vuitton Replica and our perception of beauty is no different. “Social media exposes us to treatments out there and their results. But I can express enough just how important it is to do your research before having filler. Injecting a foreign substance into your body is only a job for a qualified professional in a completely sterile surrounding. This new idea of going to a hair salon to have you lips done terrifies me. You wouldn go to a salon to have a tooth pulled.”
However, many salons around the country do offer filler procedures to willing customers. A nurse visits the salon for the day and sees high quality designer replica handbags wholesale people by appointment. Because there is no regulation of the cosmetic surgery industry in Ireland, the lip filler procedure can be performed by just about anyone.
Some might remember the consequences of actress Leslie Ash lip augmentation, a botched job that earned her the title “trout pout” and served as a cautionary tale to many of her generation. But nowadays, the procedures are more refined and offer short term, reversible results hence their ubiquitous appeal.
Dr Darren McKeown, who runs a UK clinic that provides a wide range of surgical and procedures, including facial fillers, says that lips are increasingly big business. “Lots of young girls come looking replica louis vuitton for lip filler but in my experience, 80pc don need it. No one ever truly needs it, it not a medical requirement but the benefit of it is seen when someone lips are disproportionate to their features and might detract from their appearance.
“Most young women that come wanting filler actually have very nice, normal size lips but they want big lips because it a trend. There no question that it Instagram and social media encouraging the trend. You see women on there posting selfies with big pouts and filtering them to maximise their lips. Then everyone else aspires to look like that, even though the girls in photos don look like that all the time. Young women are aspiring to a level of beauty that not even real.”
Patients often have misconceptions about how long the effects of these treatments actually last, says Dr McKeown whose STOP range of skincare and anti ageing products can be found at Harvey Nichols in Dublin. “Most fillers are regarded as temporary. It will go away at some point and eventually will dissolve, but it can hang around for longer than people give it credit for years even.
“If filler is poorly done, high quality replica handbags china and done repeatedly, eventually you get a build up of scar tissue from constant over injection. This can have a lasting effect on the lip tissue, and it can become misshapen. Another problem I see is that young girls forget what their lips looked like before and lack any insight about how they look, so they keep going back for more and more filler until the lips look stuck on.
“My advice to anyone seeking filler would be to find someone who is highly experienced and ethical, and willing to give them objective advice,” he says. “If that advice is that they don need it or shouldn have it done, they shouldn just go to the next place.”
Aisling Cleary, the clinic manager of River Medical in Dublin, agrees. “We are registered nurses and we provide an ethical service. But unfortunately there are places out there that will give women whatever they looking for, and just pump in the filler. At River Medical and anywhere reputable, there a consultation the nurse will sit you down and tell you what we can and can do. If we thought someone had unrealistic expectations, we wouldn be comfortable performing the procedure. I have turned girls away.
“We definitely seen an uptake in young women requesting lip filler; I genuinely think it has a lot to do with the Kylie Jenner effect. But with lip filler we can only work with what someone has. If you have thin lips, we not giving you the full works. It not what we do here.”
Cleary says that clients should be mindful of the prices they see on offer, as they indicative of the quality of the ingredients used. “When you see lip filler advertised for under 200 louis vuitton copy bags uk , you have to realise that it not possible to provide the service for that price; you wonder, if it that cheap, is it the FDA approved brand?”
She says people should expect to pay around 350 for the procedure, and because lips move more than other parts of the body, to know that the filler breaks down more quickly replica designer handbags , in around four months.
Of course, there are plenty of women spending the same amount and more on make up. Given that beauty has always been a desirable quality in women, is it merely a case of same concerns, radically different solutions? Psychologist Joanna Fortune believes that women perception about their body worth is changing dramatically. “There is a much higher level of emotional charge around women bodies in today society than in the past,” she says. “It a lot more about how we look rather than Fake Louis Vuitton Replica Bags how we behave and we are judged and judge others based on this premise. Social media plays a significant role in this, as online, everything and everyone looks perfect, which sets a new, unrealistic and often heavily filtered and modified dolabuy.su , ideal to aspire to.”
Fortune says the advent of reality television shows which document real people accessing plastic surgery and body modification services can result in what was once exceptional practice becoming normalised and mainstreamed. “The costs and easy access to such services is another factor.”
What we are really seeing in young women is a different sort of vanity, says psychologist and behavioural specialist Jo Hemmings. “The latest make up and hair styles have always been seen as the acceptable face of but we are now seeing a change, mainly because of the rise of selfies and social media images, photos that were once restricted to celebrities are now accessible and used by ordinary girls, who rate their popularity and success by the responses to them.”
Simple beauty treatments such as a hair do or a manicure give women a sense of confidence, so Hemmings says it no surprise that something more drastic such as Botox and fillers will make them feel the same way. There is, she says, nothing inherently wrong with that, other than that these injectables are expensive, and very often unnecessary, may be done by people not adequately qualified and can become addictive.
However, she says, the problem arises because the procedures are also being done to boost self esteem, “based on the reactions of other people to their photos on social media as well as the compare and contrast to other girls of their age”, which means that it may simply become a competitive exercise rather than adding any real long term value to the women confidence or their self esteem.
“For many girls, these judgements have become intrinsic to their feeling of self worth, which at the end of the day is literally and metaphorically only skin deep, and not related to any real or enduring sense of achievement,” Hemmings says.
Jeanette Dunne is the co owner of Renew Aesthetic Clinic and a registered nurse. While beauty is her business, she says she must have a genuine reason to put filler in someone face. “It a moral obligation. If a young girl comes in with full and proportionate lips, I won fill them.”.