Updated: Nov 6, 2018
Having access now to lip fillers means that there is an abundance of different lip fashions
patients are able to choose. I see younger patients leaning toward a 50:50 ratio of top lip to
bottom lip, whilst older patients may choose to simply undo the curling in of the lips that
occurs with time. Every patient is different and understanding their ideal smile is paramount.
I mostly perform my own technique called the Anatomical Lip Enhancement, which I
developed around my passion for natural appearing lips that maintain their true anatomy -
both in the lip and the surrounding areas.
My secret to acheiving a natural appearing lip is to work with the principles of lip anatomy.
We know two important things about the lip, and if we don't respect these, then the lips lose
their natural beauty. The first and my most important principle is understanding that the lip is
structured around five compartments. They are called tubercles or subzones and the easiest
ones to determine on yourself are the very centre of the upper lip, where there is a tiny
projection that has been scientifically associated with sex appeal. You can also see the centre
of the bottom lip may have two small fuller areas, often with a break in between. Sometimes
just enhancing these tubercles is enough to reflect light in the right way that creates a
beautiful lip, using really just the patients own anatomy.
The other principle I adhere to is favouring soft hyaluronic acid fillers. Lips are naturally
pillow-y structures that are highly animated. We want to see them making micro-movements
and projecting in a natural dimension. Soft fillers do this very well. The other part of my
Natural Lip Enhancement technique is to assess the 'backdrop' of the lips - being the nose,
chin, nasolabial folds (smile lines) and softening these where required. I do quite a bit of lip
rebalancing which I call Lip Rehab and generally find that lips requiring a rework simply
need balancing with their backdrop, perhaps by blending the white part above the lip or
giving a new ratio of upper to lower lip. Lips, and injecting really, are all about patterns of
light reflection. So understanding what those patterns are and applying them to each specific
case has been some of my most accoladed cosmetic work..