Acheiving a natural looking lip enhancementOver the past couple of years or so lip enhancement procedures have become one of the most popular aesthetic treatments. They are especially sought after by younger women driven by celebrity and fashion icons such as Kylie Jenner.
As an aesthetic practitioner I have seen many examples of poorly executed lip enhancement. To acheive an aesthetically pleasing, natural looking result there are some very basic anatomical rules we must adhere to:
- The lip ratio: The lower lip must always be bigger than the top lip. In fact there is a very strict ratio - the bottom lip must remain 1:6 times bigger than the top lip. When this ratio is altered so that the top becomes bigger than the bottom then the overall look becomes un-natural.
- Nose to upper lip distance: The distance from the tip of the nose to the upper lip should be approximately 18-20mm and the distance from the lower lip to the chin 36-40mm. Over inflating the lips with filler will distort this ratio, again giving an un-natural or even bizzare appearance.
- Avoid a duck face!: The appearance of the face in profile is often overlooked when performing lip enhancement. If we draw an imaginary line from the tip of the nose to the chin (Steiners Line) the lips should naturally sit behind the line. The lips can be augmented so that they sit on this line but if they protrude beyond it there will be an un-natural 'duck like' look.
- Acheive good lip definition: When undertaking lip enhancement it is as important to maintain or enhance the shape of the lip with a well defined cupids bow as it is to add volume to the lips. Overfilling of the lips can distort their appearance giving a strange, 'sauasage lip' look. In older ppeople lip definition is often lost and so filling the vermillion border (the tube running all around the outside of the lips) becomes even more important, replacing lost definition. The look can then be enhanced further by injecting into the body of the lip.
- Prevent a down turned mouth: Nothing ages us more than when the corners of the mouth start to turn downwards. Reversing this by placing a small amount of filler just under the corners of the mouth (oral commissures) can help to correct this. We can also use Botox in this area, a small amount injected into the muscles that pull down the corners of the mouth can work wonders.
At TLC Beau-tox we offer a free, no obligation consultation where we can discuss your expectations and decide on an individual treatment plan.