Experts say that majority of the clientele are women in the 25 to 35 age group. They feel that these ladies are conscious of their dark lips due a number of reasons like tanning, genetics, and smoking. There are also brides-to-be and those who have undergone skin lightening who are trying to strike the right balance. Usually, it’s after failing to get desired results through lip-lightening creams, home remedies and, in some cases, even chemical peels, that they opt for lip lightening laser.
Richa Sharma (name changed), a 28-year-old interior designer, decided to go for the procedure as her lips had become pigmented due to smoking. “I tried expensive lightening creams as well as petroleum jelly, but none of these helped. The dark patches would be visible even after applying lipstick. After two sessions, the colour of my lips became lighter,” Richa recounts.
RESULTS DO VARY
Dr Satish Bhatia, MD, dermatology and skin surgery, Indian Cancer Society, warns clients beforehand about a 10 to 20 per cent chance of developing white spots or leucoderma spots on the lips post the procedure. Those whose lips have darkened over a period of time are ideal for the procedure. However, those who have naturally dark lips are advised not to opt for it as the results won’t be noticeable. Also, clients who are too young or come with unrealistic expectations are advised against it. Dr Batul Patel, dermatologist and medical director, The Bombay Skin Clinic, says, “Results vary from person to person. Usually one can begin to see better results after two to three sittings. Also, the results are gradually seen one to weeks after the procedure.”
Post-procedure care includes simple precautions like avoiding the sun for a couple of days, applying antibiotic ointment on the treated area and refraining from consuming hot food and beverages, etc.