Are “Da Vinci Lips” the Next Popular Lip Shape?

This has been quite a year for manipulating lips, mostly thanks to a young woman whose pout is so famous it spawned an Instagram craze. At lease one doctor (along with a million opinionated Facebook commenters) would like to reverse the trend. Tim Pearce, a physician in Manchester, England, has invented something he calls Da Vinci lips.

Instead of using Juvederm to pump up lips so much that they end up looking swollen, Pearce champions a more balanced approach to using fillers that’s in line with the rest of a patient’s face. According to his website, the treatment changes lips subtly by analyzing a patient’s “lip proportions in relation to [their] nose, jaw, and chin [by] using Da Vinci’s ideas.” Pearce told The Daily Mail that he named the treatment after Da Vinci’s golden ratio theory: “Leonardo da Vinci was one of the first people to realize that facial proportions are not arbitrary, that there is a mathematical ideal ratio and geometry for beauty, outside of which it become less attractive,” he says. “This principle, otherwise known as the golden ratio, enables us to ensure that patients look more beautiful, rather than just get bigger lips that might not fit their existing facial proportions.”

We reached out to Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, to get his opinion on Pearce’s theory. He’s on board. “A patient may want large lips, but if she’s never had them before and if it does not fit her face, then it will look unnatural,” says Zeichner. “The lip needs to complement the rest of the face, and bigger is not always better. Studies have found that the more symmetrical your face is, the more beautiful you may be considered, even across cultures. Symmetrical, well-proportioned lips appear more natural and would generally be considered more attractive than simply an inflated, large lip.”

What do you think: Do Da Vinci lips really look any different from other plumped-up lips? Would you get them?