Do you know that lip fillers are the most googled aesthetic search in the UK at the moment? I am Patricia Manson, Clinical Director, at Precise Medical Aesthetics, Stirling. For many years my patients have called me ‘Fairy Fingers’. My background is dentistry but facial aesthetics is now my main area of interest. I truly understand the art of gentle lip enhancement and I can use my wand to create natural, beautiful lips that truly enhance your face.
Are lip fillers just for women?
Both men and women come to me looking for lip enhancement. The lips are one of the most defining features of the face. Full lips are not only more desirable, but can be rejuvenating as well. Many studies have been carried out on the effects of full lips, and this can be traced back to our primal routes.
Are you ever too old for lip fillers?
The Under 35’s, in my opinion, are more influenced by trend and celebrity. They desire a plump, more pronounced look. They have done their research. They know exactly which celebrity’s lips they desire and have a picture on their phone to show me! They have decided what lip filler they would like to achieve their desired result and how much they wish to have placed in their lips.
What you need to know about lip fillers
As we get older the lips tend to lose volume. Fortunately, a natural-looking lip enhancement can help to return the lips to a more youthful look without looking ‘fake’ or unnatural. Lip fillers smooth the lips and add fullness to their shape. This counteracts the ageing process and and restores a more youthful smile.
The over 35 year-old women, therefore, have more need to add volume, but are wary of looking ‘overdone’ and quite nervous of the process…the first time they take the plunge. This anxiety tends to be short-lived, however! More often than not, they are thrilled with the result.
Fuller lips can also help a woman look and feel sexier. As a result there is a sense of empowerment to be gained from this and a restoration of self-confidence. Believe it or not, this is as true for ladies in their 60’s and 70’s as it is for ladies in their 30’s! After the age of 45 dermal fillers around the mouth area (perioral) is often required in addition to lip fillers. This helps maintain the volume.
What is the perfect lip shape?
Each individual has a unique face shape, and therefore a unique ‘ideal’. I help my patients discover what is right for them using lip fillers. ‘Proportion’ is the key to perfect lips. Leonardo da Vinci created the golden ratio by which beauty is determined. A skilled injector will look to create proportional balance through added volume, correct asymmetry and sculpt to add definition. As a dentist, and as an artist, my enthusiasm for lip enhancement is endless. There are so many facets to the lips that only the best injectors will see and interpret. How defined the cupids bow?This is the mid-point of the upper lip-pretty much the epicentre of our visual connection. How present is the vermillion border? Indeed, injecting techniques vary according to where the lip filler needs to be positioned. Lip fillers themselves vary according to density – some sculpt, some volumize.
Is lip enhancement an art form?
I am in no doubt that lip enhancement is an art form. It requires dexterity,a fairy-like touch as well as an eye for fine detail. This means that selection of your clinician is critical to the outcome of your treatment and expectations. They must understand the proportions of the lips and the complex, and sometimes unforgiving, anatomy of the lips. Lips are artistically and technically demanding. This explains why patients receive sub-standard lip fillers and are left with unnatural results. People incorrectly believe that lip enhancement leads to unnatural, over-filled results. In reality, this rarely occurs in experienced hands.
How safe are lip fillers?
In the hands of an experienced practitioner, lip fillers are very safe. The reverse, sadly, is also true. It is vital to ask questions; Ask about what can go wrong, the signs that a problem may have developed,what can be done to resolve problems if they occur. Remember that lip enhancement is a cosmetic medical procedure and not a beauty treatment. Ask the practitioner if they provide aftercare and a follow up review appointment? Do they use semi-permanent fillers? Do not be afraid to ask about how experienced they are. The level of experience is usually reflected in the price. Most importantly, if you are in any doubt, do not be afraid to walk away.
What are benefits do our patients gain from having lip fillers?
• They feel more confident
• They feel more sensual
• Their partners notice them more
• They enjoy wearing lipstick more than before
• They feel empowered
• They feel more youthful
A last word on lip enhancement
Everyone has their own opinion on aesthetic treatments. What’s okay, what’s not, what justifies a treatment, what doesn’t. Do not be afraid to be your own person. We all have insecurities, but with the correct practitioner, ‘a moment on the lips’ can be so rewarding in so many ways.
Lip Enhancement at Precise Medical Aesthetics