THE LIPS: LET’S MAKE THEM THE PROTAGONISTS OF OUR FACE.
di Beatriz Molina, Medical Doctor, Member of the British College of Aesthetic Medicine and Founder of the International Association for Prevention of Aesthetic Complications (IAPCAM)
If the eyes are the windows of our soul, then the lips are the custodians of our personality. And it is now possible to keep our personality fresh and determined thanks to products based on hyaluronic acid.
A person’s story is narrated by their face. It tells us who that person is even before they introduce themselves. Our brain has a natural predisposition to seek out the eyes and lips of people in order to understand who they are and what their intentions might be. We already know pretty well everything about the eyes, but what about the lips?
We know that they are tactile and erogenous organs, and that this contributes to making them a very potent means of seduction. And before a woman even opens her mouth to introduce herself, we know quite a lot about her, particularly from an emotional point of view, because we have read her lips.
It is no coincidence that some of the first cosmetics used by mankind were those created to enhance the lips: lipstick of course. Archaeological finds dating back 5000 years show that lipstick was first used by the Sumeric people. The ancient Egyptians used it primarily as a status symbol. During the course of history, the use of lipstick lost its elitist connotations and became common across all social classes. Nor was it limited to women only – males too availed themselves of it (recently this has come into vogue again).
A woman’s lips are her ‘identikit’.
The lips are so important that they can determine a woman’s character, both on a perceptive level (what others think of you) and on a reflexive one in the construction of one’s own personality.
In her book “The Wisdom of Your Face”, the expert in face reading Jane Haner maintains that lips even have the potential to reveal the role of a woman in the context of a sentimental relationship. If, like Angeline Jolie, your lips are ‘sulking’, you have a tendency to be empathetic. A small mouth with full lips on the other hand – like those of FKA Twigs – is an indicator of greater introspection and independence.
Hyaluronic acid: a valuable ally of the lips.
Nowadays lipstick has a very strong competitor in the rivalry to emphasise the sensuality and youthfulness of a woman: fillers formulated on hyaluronic acid. Thanks to fillers it is possible to continue to endow the mouth with expressiveness and freshness, and to define our character accurately.
The role of the medical aesthetician is fundamental in achieving this. Treating the lips is both an art and a science. On the one hand the aesthetician must know how to enhance and protect the anatomy of the lips harmoniously and without exaggerating, and to be aware of facial ageing patterns so that treatment will appear organic and natural. On the other hand, the specialist should possess in-depth knowledge of the products and treatments available in order to decide which is most suited to the individual woman’s characteristics: not all hyaluronic acid-based products react in the same way when they are injected into the labial mucosa.
As far as the patient is concerned it is fundamental to be aware that the face is a harmonious whole. A truly successful treatment will be gradual and, in all likelihood, involve other parts of the face in order to create the requisite harmony. The goal is more expressive than aesthetic: lips must emphasize our character and express our emotions. After all, are they not the custodians of our personality?
Medical Doctor, Member of the British College of Aesthetic Medicine and Founder of the International Association for Prevention of Aesthetic Complications (IAPCAM)