The Harley Medical Group

All about the pout!

When it comes to beauty trends of late it seems bigger is always better! Whether it’s bum, boobs, lashes or lips there’s a definite leaning towards all-out glamour.

Kylie Jenner may be the current poster girl for a plumped pout – the teenager is even launching her own lip collection - but luscious lips have long been considered desirable. Celebrities like Angelina Jolie were working lip liner and a seductive pout long before the world had heard of the Kardashian sisters – as unimaginable as that may now seem!

The trend – Kylie Jenner Lips

When the youngest of the Kardashian clan (finally) admitted to using temporary Lip Fillers, not only did it put a stop to the ridiculous social media craze #KylieJennerLipChallenge, which saw participants suctioning shot glasses around their mouth in a bid to achieve swollen lips – but realistically just causing an ugly bruise, it also caused a dramatic spike in Lip Filler enquiries.

There are several options for Lip Filler injections, at The Harley Medical Group we offer Juvéderm Dermal Fillers to plump lips. The results vary from patient to patient though on average the Lip Fillers last between four and six months.

Dermal Fillers are a Non Surgical Treatment, though they should still be taken seriously, and so prior to any treatment with us you will have a complimentary consultation with a Cosmetic Surgery Nurse. During this no obligation consultation your medically trained Nurse will discuss the look you’d like to achieve as well as giving you all the details of the treatment and aftercare.

The treatment first involves numbing the area around your mouth and chin with anaesthetic. Then several filler injections are made around the lips. Your Nurse will massage the mouth after the injections to make sure the filler is distributed evenly and you should see the results almost immediately.

While it isn’t yet a legal requirement, we can’t stress enough the importance of having any lip plumping treatment from a medical professional in a clinical setting.

A poorly performed lip treatment can easily look overly ‘done’ and disproportionate to the rest of your facial features (think Meg Ryan or Lesley Ash) at best, and at worst, a bad lip treatment can turn lumpy and have to be corrected with surgery and medication.

In rare cases some patients have had an allergic reaction to Lip Fillers – this is unusual but highlights the importance of having any cosmetic treatment within a clinical setting so you can be best cared for.

Faking it

Whether you’ve had Lip Fillers and want to show off the results of your treatment, or you’re not quite ready to take the plunge and want to fake fuller looking lips, there are a number of ways you can cheat a plumper looking pout.

Cinderella Lips

This one still involves some injections, but if you want to test the look of Lip Fillers without committing fully to the treatment then Cinderella Lips are a great starting point.

Named for their one-night-only results, the Cinderella treatment involves injecting the lips with saline plumper; using the same method as a Dermal Filler though the results only last for around eight hours. The saline is then naturally absorbed into the body leaving no trace of the treatment the following day.


If that seems like a lot of trouble just for one night you can do a lot to enhance your lips with make-up.

You’re probably familiar with facial contouring by now – it’s another beauty craze we have the Kardashian sisters to thank for – but lip contouring is a relatively new development. By being clever with your products and shading you can create the illusion of fuller lips.

A matte lip colour is particularly en-vogue currently, so think about buying non-shiny products to recreate the look of your favourite celebrities. You’ll need three shades of lip products to create a contoured lip: a mid, darker and light hue.

Here’s how to achieve the perfect contoured pout:

  1. Begin by colouring the entire lower and upper lips with a mid-tone lip pencil, drawing a straight line across the top of your cupid’s bow for extra volume.
  2. Then it’s time to start lining – or over-lining, as is popular with big lip lovers - use a second lip pencil, a shade or two darker than your base, to draw around the edge of your mouth. Don’t stray too far from your natural lip line, but use the dark liner to subtly boost your pout.
  3. Lastly add a lighter coloured lipstick only to the centre of your lips and blend for an obre effect that gives the illusion of a fuller pout.

The verdict

A plump pout is undeniably sultry and feminine and, if you’re unhappy with your lips, fillers can help you achieve a subtly fuller look. As our expert Consultant Dermatologist Dr. Justine Hextal explains,

The key to lip fillers is using temporary fillers that contain hyaluronic acid (HA). This is a natural substance found in our own skin.  Successful lip filler will gently correct loss of volume in lips. Also as the HA is what we refer to as a humectant - meaning it will also attract water. This keeps lips looking hydrated and will reduce fine lines around the mouth.

It is important, however, to remember that fashions change and if you’re considering a Non Surgical Treatment it should always be a decision you make for yourself and not to follow a short-lived trend.

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