‘If a client came in to see me and asked me to inject them so they would have huge, outrageous lips, would I do the treatment?’
My answer? Well, it depends. I am normally prepared to be more adventurous with clients whom I know really well, and have been treating for some time. If it was a person whom I had never met before, I would spend a long time speaking to them to understand their motivation. One of the key things that I have learned in my 5 years of practicing Cosmetic Injectable treatments is that everyone has a different idea of beauty. It is true that the majority of us agree that certain looks are ‘overdone’ or that some people can look a ‘bit weird’. And I have a very clear idea of how I like to look, and it certainly veers towards being very natural. However, I also think that each of us has the right to step outside of the usual boundaries and explore more extreme ideals. I also feel that we each have the right to do this whilst being free of judgment from those who may not share the same ideals.
Lips are a great example of how the beauty ideal can really vary. It is exciting that in this day and age, if we are not totally happy with the lips we were born with, or just want to wear a different look for a while, we can do it! Similarly, if older people feel that they have lost a bit of their lip lustre, they can have a simple treatment to restore that.
I recently presented at two London conferences. One was Professional Beauty, held at London Excel earlier this month. The second was held at the Royal College of Physicians, and was the official UK launch of two brand new, lip specific fillers from Restylane.
1. Restylane Lip Volume – for people who desire increased volume, lip plumpness and more pout!
2. Restylane Lip Refresh- for people who want to restore hydro-balance and improve lip texture (with no plumping or volume!)
Full, smooth, hydrated lips have always been considered an attractive feature of the face. But not everyone wants BIG lips, and different facial shapes and sizes mean that lips need to be in proportion. This is why every client I see has a very individual request for lip treatment. In the past (and mainly before my time), lip enhancements meant one thing – inflated volume! I am sure we have all seen examples of this type of effect. Interestingly, this has come back into fashion in certain social groups such as young women in Essex (anyone who is a TOWIE fan will know what I mean).
It is mainly females aged 18-30 who like this look, and I think it is changing the way we (public) perceive lips that have been ‘done’. As a Practitioner, it has also made me more open to the requests of my clients. While it is always my role to advise based on my knowledge of facial aesthetics, anatomical proportions and medical safety, I find that I can at times, be more influenced by my client’s wishes. Further answering the question posed above!
The past few years have seen the emergence of a new trend in lip treatments – increased hydration. I use products such as Restylane Vital & Vital Light, or Juvederm Hydrate to achieve this. These are fillers which are specially designed to increase hydration, but have minimal (or no) lifting capacity. The new Restylane Lip Refresh has the added bonus that it can improve the structure of the lip without increasing the size of the lip. So, if you have always wanted your lips to look a bit juicier, or a bit more like they were 10 years ago, try a hydrating treatment.
Don’t worry. It is impossible to give you a big pout with these products! Honestly.
I am constantly working on becoming a truly spiritual being. I’m not really sure exactly what that means, but I believe that it is important to have an inner calm and sense of balance. I am in a profession that deals with external aesthetics. Time and time again however, I find that the people who radiate beauty the most, are the ones who have immense inner beauty as well.
If I could spend my life in an ashram or take time out for a year-long meditation retreat, I am sure I would be a step closer. In the meantime, whilst living in a bustling city like London, working long hours, keeping up with all the necessary (and some not so) social events, and trying to look after my physical wellbeing…I rely on several resources to aid my spiritual pursuits.
Here, I’d like to share three of my favorite websites. If this is something that resonates with you, check them out.