As Invisalign procedures have soared across the country post lockdown, experts are now seeing users book in for post-treatment lip fillers, with 30% of lip filler patients now being previous Invisalign or brace wearers.
Husband and wife aesthetics experts, and UTH ambassadors Dr Martyn and Sharon King, have seen the rise first hand: “When you have your Invisalign retainer in or are a brace wearer it naturally pushes your lips out and they protrude more than before. After wearing for a period, users, women in the main, get used to how their lips look and miss it once they are removed – hence coming to see experts like us to continue the more volumised look”.
It seems more than ever people across the UK are investing in their mouths as mask wearing regulations have eased across the country.
“It’s like people are now wanting a mini-mouth-makeover,” continues Martyn. “The masks are off, and people are investing in their smile. When they have achieved that perfect grin, they also want the addition of the perfect lips to frame their new look.”
Experts are guiding those wishing to invest, to opt for the more natural look though. Sharon added: “Keep in mind that large trout pouts are a trend and, in my opinion, best avoided. If you’ve invested in correcting your smile, that needs to take centre stage, imagine your lips as the frame around a work of art.
“My own view is that lips should look natural and when someone you don’t know can tell that you have had your lips filled, you’ve probably had too much! Lip filler can truly enhance facial features, and in some cases, corrective work using lip filler for asymmetry can be life changing, building confidence, and allowing the use of lipsticks and glosses where there was only a very thin lip beforehand.”
Aesthetic dentistry is booming right now with an unexpected rise in demand for Invisalign invisible braces. Statistics reveal there was a 12 per cent increase in cosmetic dentistry in 2020 and the global market is predicted to grow at an annual rate of 5%, increasing its value to an estimated £21 billion by 2026.
Martyn ended with a warning to those looking to frame their new smile: “It is really important to do your research and seek a practitioner who is medically trained and experienced in dermal fillers and a member of an organisation such as ACE Group, JCCP, BACN or BCAM. More than 70% of dermal filler complications which the ACE Group help manage are related to lip filler treatments, so choosing a practitioner working in an aesthetic clinic who can diagnose and manage a complication is essential. It is also wise to ask which product your practitioner is using and why.”