DARK LIPS : CAUSES AND TREATMENT
HOW DO LIPS TURN DARK?
Causes of dark lips can be:
- Inadvertent lip licking
- Use of cheap lipsticks, especially the ones containing lead
- Hot beverages- tea , coffee
HOW CAN DARKENING OF LIPS BE PREVENTED?
- Avoid lip licking. Many of us keep licking our lips unknowingly. Saliva can make lips turn dark.
- Switch to chemical free organic lipsticks (checkout – organistick .com to order organic lipsticks online). Lead and other heavy metals in lipsticks turn lips dark.
- Avoid hot beverages.
- Bid goodbye to smoking- (have sulpher 1000 – a homeopathic medicine , a drop on tongue , empty stomach in morning for three consecutive days, and then once a week thereafter for few weeks ). It would help reduce your urge to smoke.
HOW TO TREAT DARK LIPS?
Treatment of dark lips involves two methods:
LASER: Nd:Yag Q switched laser would work. No creams or pill would work. Skin lightening creams won’t penetrate deep enough into skin to bring about results. Skin lightening lasers penetrate deep enough to bring results.
MICROPIGMENTATION: A natural pink colour is inserted into superficial layers of skin which the help of a machine. Complete procedure takes around two hours. Since done under local anesthesia procedure is rendered painless. A touch up session is done after a month. Post that colour remains for a year or two. After that a person can chose to get a touch up once every two years.
HOW DOES ND: YAG LASER WORK?
Nd: Yag laser emits light in 1056 nm range. It gets absorbed by black color containing cells in lips. Light gets converted to heat energy. This heat blasts the cells releasing the black pigment. Which eventually gets cleared off by the blood vessels leading to lip lightening.
HOW IS LASER DONE FOR LIP LIGHTENING ? HOW MUCH TIME DOES IT TAKE?
Numbing cream is applied over lips for an hour. Laser shots are given to concerned dark lip areas. There is an immediate slight swelling. It settles down in next few hours. Crusts are formed next day which shed off in next 4 to 5 days time. When they shed off, they take off the blackish discoloration of lips along with them.
HOW MANY LASER SESSIONS ARE REQUIRED?
3 to 4 sessions done at fortnightly interval.
IS LASER SAFE FOR LIP LIGHTENING?
Absolutely safe, provided done by a dermatologist using US FDA approved laser (not Chinese). Never get lasers done at saloon or spa.
IS LIP MICROPIGMENTATION SAFE?
It’s very safe, provided new unused needle is used. And good quality colors are used.
WILL LASER AND MICROPIGMENTATION PAIN?
Since both procedures are done after local anesthesia, both procedures re painless.
IS THERE ANY POST TREATMENT HEALING TIME?
LASER: Mild crust formation would be there post treatment, but that can be easily hidden with lipsticks. Crust fall off in next 3 to 5 days time. After every session there would be mild crust formation.
MICROPIGMENTATION: Initially the colour is dark. 70 %of colour fades off after 2 to 3 weeks. Whatever 30 % is left remains or a year. It looks very natural. Swelling is present post procedure for two to three days. Also peeling off of superficial layers is noticed post few days after the procedure. A lip balm and antibiotic is prescribed after the procedure for few days.
WILL THE LIPS DARKNESS RETURN?
That depends. One needs to avoid the cause. If at all darkness returns, it would be at very slow pace. So what I recommend is a single laser session once a year to clear off whatever new pigmentation lip have accumulated. No repeat sessions cause no harm since laser never penetrates beyond skin.
HOW TO GET PINK LIPS FOR MEN?
Both the procedures are both men and women.
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