Ageing is a choice

In search of the Perfect Lip

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

In search of the perfect lip…


Cosmetic lip enhancement is both desired and feared. Men and women commonly wish to maintain and enhance their lips but remain concerned about over treatment with resultant asymmetry, imbalance and the dreaded trout-pout or ducky lips.  The key to great looking lips is a thorough pre-assessment of the whole face, gradual treatments to subtly enhance the lip, and ensuring that the surrounding tissue framing the lip is not neglected.


What do we look for in a perfect lip? Volume? Roundness? Structure and definition? Width? Symmetry? Historically it has been desirable to achieve a ratio of 1: 1.6 between the top and bottom lip, and a lip width in proportion to the lower face width. Paintings, sculptures and images throughout the years have commonly displayed this “golden ratio” and it seems that this ratio appears between various landmarks across the face. However, failure to thoroughly assess every individual persons face and tailor treatments accordingly, can lead to a formulaic approach and may not actually complement the rest of the face.


We all chronologically age; but intrinsic factors such as skull bone loss, changing dentition and diminishing fat pads can contribute to a prematurely ageing lip. Extrinsic factors such as smoking, excessive sun exposure and repetitive lip pursing, also accelerate skin ageing. As a result, the lip tends to thin, tuck inwards, lose their lip border definition and begin to look lined and dehydrated. We start to see lines develop around the mouth- so called smoker’s lines- the corners of the mouth start to turn down and we can lose the prominence of the philtral columns which run from the Cupid’s bow to the nostril. Rejuvenating the lip can create a more youthful appearance and complement the rest of the face.


Lip treatment might involve treating the surrounding skin with chemical peels or IPL or micro-doses of muscle relaxant injections to relax deep smoker’s lines. More typically, non-permanent dermal fillers would be used to address the lip border, the lip body, surrounding lip lines, the corners of the mouth and the philtral columns.  The amount of dermal filler used would depend on the degree of pre-existing volume loss and on the desired outcome agreed between the patient and the injector. Subtle enhancement is the key; and it is often desirable to treat the mouth area in stages to achieve the best outcome. The lip and surrounding area can be numbed with anaesthetic to make the procedure more comfortable. Lip swelling and an occasional bruise can occur, both of which settle after a few days.


There is no “one size fits all” approach with cosmetic treatments. Taking the time to establish patient’s concerns with their appearance and formulating an approach that both addresses their worries and enhances their appearance is paramount and a valuable skill of the cosmetic injector.         

 Dr Stephen Lowe 


The Male Tweak

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Male Tweak
Non-surgical cosmetic treatment options for men are now better than ever, Nicki Belle of Face Today tells DNA.
The ageing process affects us all and how we physically present to the world influences our self-esteem and confidence.  The male face is based on strength and straight lines.  Some of the signs of ageing in a man’s face are associated with maturity, accomplishment and refinement – characteristics that are well received by society.  So most men want to be discreet about their tweaks and don’t want to look noticeably different afterwards.  Using “The Face Today Pack For All Mankind”, the following can be achieved…
1.    CHEEKS.   As we age we lose facial volume.  This can leave us looking gaunt or drawn.  The fat pads in the cheeks can be restored with dermal filler to create a healthier look.  “We’ve noticed an increase in the request for this treatment among our male clients” says Nicki Belle of Face Today Medi Clinic.  “Non-surgical cheek enhancement is ideal for men who want more balance in their features and is great if you’ve lost weight.”
2.    CHIN.  Unfortunately, not all of us are born with a strong chin or a straight, angular jaw.  Luckily, there are non-surgical ways to enhance a weak chin with dermal fillers.  Anti-wrinkle injections can also smooth out creases that have been etched in over time.
3.    EYES.  “Natural and undetected is the key when it comes to treatments around men’s eyes,” says Nicki.  “This is one area we don’t want to smooth out too much.”  Anti-Wrinkle can be used around crow’s feet to help smooth and diminish lines while dermal fillers can address the hooding, caused by the erosion of the brow bone that creates a tired look.
4.    FOREHEAD.  Years of expression, etched on your forehead, can leave you with a serious, weary look.  Many men want to refresh this area while maintaining a masculine appearance and movement.  Anti-Wrinkle injections can soften and rebalance the largest muscle on your face.  
5.    JAW LINE.  A strong jaw line is considered attractive and adds masculinity to the male face.  Non-surgical jaw restoration with a dermal filler  can create a structured, angular jaw line that looks natural and lasts from 12-18 months.
6.    LIPS.  Lip restoration – on men this must be done naturally and subtly.  “It’s all about retaining the lips you had in your youth” says Nicki.  “By injecting dermal filler we can add volume and reshape in a natural way.”
7.    NOSE.  Bumps, dips and slight imperfections can now all be corrected with non-surgical Rhinoplasty.  Noses can be straightened or enhanced with Dermal filler or Radiesse.
8.    ORBITAL RIMS.  Hollowness around the eyes can be hereditary or can be a sign of tiredness or ageing.  Hollows can be filled for instant results.  It’s a simple procedure that can take years off, leaving you looking more refreshed and rested.
9.    T  BROW.  The T Brow is the strength of the male face: the straight nose and the straight, flat brow.  With age, the brow can start to droop at the edges but this can be addressed with Dermal filler, regaining a strong projection with a reinforced lateral brow.
10.    TEMPLES.  The temples are often overlooked yet, by returning volume and shape to this area with a dermal filler, a youthful facial frame can be restored.  Once corrected, the benefits here can be instant and satisfying.

For more information contact 1300 668 573 for your FREE consultation.

Natural Lips

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Now you can take control of the ageing process by restoring youthful lip volume and enhancing your beautiful smile. Natural youthful lips are a symbol of beauty around the world and are desired by women of all ages. Now there’s a natural way to create the lips you’ve always wanted, with a tried and trusted treatment. Your mouth is the centre of attention when interacting with others. You use it every day to talk, smile, laugh and kiss. We can help enhance your lips – your way.

A lip enhancement can include just a small correction, make an irregular upper lip more balanced or simply make your lips fuller and more sensuous. However, not everyone desires fuller lips. Perhaps a more defined cupid’s bow to outline the shape of your upper lip is preferred. A defined lip line accentuates you lips without changing your appearance. Even if you have never smoked you might still have small lines around your mouth, Face Today can easily smooth out those lines with dermal filler product.