Dubai's new wave of game-changing lip and teeth treatments - and dentists - can put the smile back on your face without anyone suspecting
Smile, it might never happen

Thanks to celebrities like Kylie Jenner, the number of women opting to plump up their pouts has skyrocketed. Recently, however, we’ve noticed that more and more people are deciding to take a subtler approach when it comes to fillers, or are instead choosing a selection of new, non-invasive options. The over-inflated trout pouts of the past are disappearing, and in their place, things are starting to look a little more natural.

Mouths have long been the telltale sign of someone who’s had a little work done, but as more low-key clients have begun experimenting, new techniques have been developed to meet their needs.

“Many practitioners over-inject,” explains Dr. Rory McGoldrick, a plastic surgeon from EuroMed Clinic Center Dubai. “My philosophy when it comes to lips is a natural look,” he tells us, insisting that if your lips have been over-injected, then he’s the man who can rescue them and even start the treatment from scratch.

A new approach to veneers has also changed the way we smile, using new techniques to make sure your teeth are in perfect harmony with your facial proportions so you don’t leave the dentist looking like Ross from Friends. Subtlety is key when it comes to your smile, so here’s how to get the perfect grin…

T H E  N E W  L I P  L I F T E R S

Having a pumped-up pout is not necessarily the aim when it comes to modern lip enhancement. You can, in fact, boost the look of your lips with targeted skin-lifting products and treatments as well as semi-permanent make-up. We’ve delved into our directory to share the best with you…

R E J U V E N A T E D  L I P S

What is it? A subtle way to freshen and enhance lip condition without adding size. “The beautifully silky hyaluronicacid filler helps hydrate dry lips and gently gives definition,” explains Dr. Rory. This treatment is “best suited for those with existing good shape, volume, and definition in their lips,” the doc continues. The aim here is to softly plump your lips to give them a natural, supple, hydrated look which can last up to 12 months. Pain or downtime? “Downtime is 24 hours of mild swelling and the risk of a small bruise which can be disguised with lipstick and foundation.” Dr. Rory advises. Cost: Dhs2,750 per ml. “Most patients only need 1 ml.”

L A S E R  L I P  P L U M P I N G  AND  E N H A N C E M E N T

What is it? A non-invasive laser treatment that triggers a collagen reaction to give lips a fuller natural look. “The treatment involves a series of targeted heat pulses into the mucosa of the lips,” explains Rebecca Treston, Beauty Therapist and Laser Technician at Rebecca Treston Aesthetics. “This triggers a collagen reaction that gives the lips a fuller natural look,” she says. “Because of the nature of this treatment, you won’t lose the natural shape of your lips, they’ll just become more plump and enhanced.” A great treatment for anyone who has seen their skin’s volume decrease with age; ideal for women in their late 20s and 30s. Post-treatment, it can take up to three months to really notice the optimum effect. Rebecca recommends “a minimum of three sessions and a maximum of six sessions, spaced out one month apart so the collagen has time to grow.”
Pain or downtime? This quick and easy treatment is pain-free and requires no recovery time.

Cost: Dhs850 per session.

S E M I - P E R M A N E N T  L I P  S T A I N

What is it? Semi-permanent make-up to achieve flawless lip contours and stop lipstick from bleeding. A new breed of make-up artists are using this procedure to subtly boost lips and Patricia Kerr, the founder of Brows by Patsy, known for her micro-blading technique on brows, was one of the first in Dubai to also offer lip contouring. Ranging from a colour palette of natural lip shades to more on-trend hues, Patsy explains the procedure. “Lips are outlined with the pigmentation, and then with our Full-LipShading technique, we blend the colour onto two-thirds of your lips to give you a perfect pout. Once completed, you will have perfectly applied constant lip colour and vivid lip contours. You’ll never have to apply lipstick again.” Micro-pigmentation of the lips can correct unevenness and enhance the shape of your lips as well as add fullness and definition.

Pain or downtime? Small needles are used to position and smudge the pigment which can be unpleasant but not painful, as such.

Cost: Dhs3,200 plus a follow-up session.

T H E  T E E T H  T W E A K S

Before you consider veneers or crowns, take a look at the new wave of noninvasive procedures that can improve your smile instead.

I N V I S I B L E  B R A C E S

What is it? Known as Invisalign, “clear aligners are used to straighten crooked or crowded teeth, as well as close gaps and adjust overbites,” Dr. Rasha Al Mubarak, Specialist Orthodontist at Euromed Clinic Center Dubai explains. “The treatment involves wearing clear, plastic trays that are custom-designed for your mouth, making Invisalign a lessnoticeable alternative to metal braces,” she clarifies. “For best results, it’s recommended that you wear the aligners at least 20 hours per day throughout your entire treatment, switching to a new set of aligners roughly every two weeks until you’ve reached your desired results.” You only remove them when you eat and brush your teeth.

Pain or downtime? You may experience some pressure on your teeth which can be uncomfortable, but after a few weeks, you’ll forget they’re there. “Treatment time can vary between six to 18 months depending on severity.” Dr. Rasha tells Grazia.

Cost: Dhs40,000 for a full set, however cost varies according to case severity and the number of aligners involved.

T E E T H  B R I G H T E N I N G

What is it? All teeth-whitening treatments work in a similar manner, however Dr. Sofia Aravopoulou, Dentist and Implantologist at Euromed Clinic Center Dubai tells us about the new treatment she swears by. “While I do offer LED Zoom whitening and laser whitening, I am one of the first dentists in the Middle East to offer Brilliant Smile Plasma whitening,” she explains. “This treatment produces an average of seven shades whiter after just one session, and with results lasting up to five years, this is fast becoming the gold standard in whitening,” she tells Grazia. “Plasma sessions last just 10 minutes each, but three sessions are needed to generate the best results,” explains Dr. Sofia. “Better and longer-term results can be achieved by using the home-whitening kit to finalise and stabilise the colour achieved,” she  advises.

Pain or downtime? “A downtime of just 72 hours – after this, patients can eat and drink food of any colour with no negative impact on the result.”

Cost: Starting from Dhs2,000.

T H E  N E W  S M I L E  D E S I G N

What is it? Digital Smile Design offers you the chance to achieve your perfect smile. Changing the face of dentistry, it is a new modern approach that allows you to visualise natural-looking teeth that are in line with your face shape before any process begins, effectively allowing you to test drive them before committing to the treatment. Dr. Sofia explains, “It uses advanced software, and the classic beauty guidelines of Leonardo da Vinci to suggest teeth shapes that we can then perfect over several in-depth consultations. Your face will then be photographed and videoed, and you will have the chance to make sure that the designed smile accurately fits your face, as well as be given the opportunity to give your brand new smile a spin.” The chance to raise concerns or make changes before any work begins is a valuable benefit of DSD. “It could be as simple as a single-tooth implantation, or be a more involved combination of whitening, veneers, fillings, or crowns.”

Pain or Downtime? None.

Cost: Starting from Dhs3,500.

M A K E  M E  S M I L E

Enhance your smile at home...

Apa Tooth Gloss Dhs110

Rodial Dragon's Blood XXL Lip Plumper Dhs110

Clinique Pep-Start Pout Restoring Night Mask Dhs78

Oral B Gum & Enamel Repair Toothpaste Dhs24

Photos: Wu Gui Qi and Marco Vittur