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Russian Lips vs Classic Lips

Updated: Dec 15, 2020




Many people ask what the difference is between Russian lips and Classic lips. Both lip shapes and lip techniques are brilliant, but they do achieve different things and suit different people in different ways.


The classic lip shape is used to create a heart shaped lip. Classic lips have a full cupid's bow tapering out the edges and maintain a nice and full shape centrally in both upper and lower lip. They also give good projection from the side, making the lips look juicy and hydrated. The classic lip really does give you a fuller bodied look and gives that all over plumped effect.


The classic lip shape really suits certain types of faces. For example, if your side profile is quite strong with projection from your nose and chin, generally you would require your lips to have a level of projection so that they are in harmony with the rest of your face.


The Russian technique is a group of techniques that basically achieve height on a lip. This means the pink of the lip is raised higher on the top lip and gives the illusion shortening the philtrum. Equally the bottom lip drops lower giving a deeper ‘v’ shaped curve toward the chin. The key difference with this technique is that it keeps the lips pretty flat from the side and so, you get more of a Bratz doll effect.


For some faces this technique is absolutely perfect. For instance, if you've got really petite features the last thing you want is really projected lips because even if the lips in isolation don't look ducky the whole effect would look disproportionate. It works really well for people who have a longer philtrum or very thin top lip as it provides that needed height to achieve facial harmony.


We tend to use a different filler for the Russian technique as it requires a softer product, as this responsible for keeping the lip flat. It’s also responsible for being able to really drag the lip upwards, without bulking it out.


Whilst most clients have shared that the treatment does not hurt any more than the classic lip, the Russian technique does risk significantly more bruising and swelling. Results should settle fully after 2 weeks and both techniques share the same longevity. If you are not sure what would work best for you, we offer a full consultation with every appointment and can discuss it with you then.