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What causes "duck lips" and how to avoid it?

Updated: Nov 4, 2023

The term "duck effect" describes the appearance of lips that are excessively full and pouty, resembling a duck's beak. Over the past several years, this fashion has been incredibly popular, and many people are pursuing cosmetic procedures to have this look. Nonetheless, the modest and natural lip enhancement trend has gained a lot of popularity recently. Celebrities have had more natural lip enhancements placed in place of lip dissolves. "Russian lips" is one trend that avoids the duck/pout lips and generates height without requiring lip protrusion.

What causes the duck effect in lips?

Overuse of lip fillers is one of the main reasons of the duck effect. Hyaluronic acid injections known as lip fillers are used to plump and volumize the lips. However, when Hyaluronic acid injections known as lip fillers are used to plump and volumize the lips. On the other hand, lips that have received an excessive amount of filler tend to swell and enlarge, resembling a duck's beak. This frequently happens when 2-4 mls of filler are injected into the lips several times in a short space of time. Lip protrusion results from the filler's gradual accumulation over time. A shelf-like appearance is produced by the filler that is injected into the lip's body. Patients get the "trout pout" when filler is incorrectly injected into the lips.

The use of high-density filler or filler with the improper thickness is another element that causes the duck effect. The more filler used, the more "sausage lips" the patient may have, as the filler becomes trapped in the lip tissue and cannot be moved or shaped to fit the lips. For regions where there is a lot of bone, such the nose, chin, and cheeks, thicker filler is ideal. Bigger lips in the first place are another factor. When filled in or augmented with cosmetics, lips that are naturally big or disproportionate to the rest of the face might look like ducks. This is so that any asymmetry or irregularity in the face is highlighted by the fullness of the lips. Furthermore, the growth of social media.

How to avoid the "duck lips or trout pout?"

First of all, it is very difficult to achieve the trout pout or duck lips effect. If you are considering lip fillers then visiting an experienced medical professional trained in advanced aesthetics, using soft lip filler and lip injection techniques like tenting, shaping and subtly plumping the lips, will help provide the results you desire. Using 0.7ml-0.8ml soft dermal filler is a perfect amount for lip fillers as it allows for shaping the borders of the lips, cupids bow and using tenting (Russian technique) the lip tissue height can be increased. Small amounts of filler in the body of the lips can help provide hydration and pink/redness to the lips. Leaving the lip filler treatments 9-12 months in between top ups will help the filler to break down naturally and the addition of more filler won't protrude as there is room to fill.

In conclusion, several variables, including excessive lip filler use, face anatomy, and cultural influences, contribute to the duck effect in the lips. While some people might want to look this way, it's important to proceed with caution and only have procedures from licensed experts who can provide results that look natural. In the end, embracing and appreciating one's inherent attractiveness is more important than giving in to social pressure.

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