Kylie Jenner reports that her lips were enhanced “naturally”, but fans don’t believe her. Those wanting to emulate her have began lip “cupping” and it has led to a social media frenzy. Lip cupping may have originated in China or Egypt thousands of years ago, but versions of cupping have been present for decades (think late night cable TV ads for breast and penile enlargement suction devices!).
Lip cupping, a reemerging trend, uses suction to increase blood flow to the lips. The suction causes temporary trauma, inflammation and enlargement that results in lip plumping that can last for approximately 5-20 minutes.
Sadly, results are not always predictable and side effects can be numerous. Common ones include dark bruises and “blood blisters” that can take days to go away. Dryness, cracking and lip lines can from from swelling and puckering. Lip injuries can be profound and cause bleeding, scars and depressions. In fact, lip cupping can result in migration of previously injected lip filler and this can cause bumps, lumps and valleys?
If you desire a change in the size or shape of your lips, trust your face to the expert: facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Michelle Yagoda.