Lip fillers are enjoying a bit of a surge in popularity at the moment, possibly boosted by glamorous female celebs endorsing the trend, and also because today’s more sophisticated lip enhancement techniques have built up a better reputation over the last few years.
Individuals opting for contemporary lip filler procedures also have the benefit of being able to take a gradual approach to achieving the desired result through a number of appointments, and, unlike its silicone predecessor, is not a permanent procedure.
Lip Enhancement at Aesthetics International
We offer a variety of lip enhancement procedures tailored to your needs based on a thorough consultation with one of our expert aesthetic plastic surgeons. Our surgeons will talk in depth to you about the results you are seeking, and advise you on the best way to achieve these.
We’re here to answer some common questions about minimally invasive lip fillers before you choose if it’s right for you.
What are lip fillers and what do they do?
The majority of lip fillers contain hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in our bodies which transfers nutrients from our bloodstream to our skin cells. You’ll probably have seen hyaluronic acid as a key ingredient in many youth-enhancing skincare products – these do have an effect, however cannot penetrate deeply enough to make an immediate, major difference.
When hyaluronic acid filler is injected into the lips, the effect is immediate, plumping and adding volume and shape. The amount of filler administered is controllable, and individuals can opt of a more gradual approach of several appointments until the desired lip-lusciousness is achieved.
The effects last for four – six months, and top-up sessions can be carried out to keep your pout plumped.(Every patient is a unique individual and every surgery has unique aspects. Therefore no two procedures or rejuvenation treatments will get the exact same results. Individual results vary from patient to patient.)
Are lip fillers safe?
Every aesthetic procedure carries a small risk, however, there are steps you can take to ensure your treatment is as safe and successful as possible:
• Do not opt for lip fillers at a spa or salon, (or worse – a private home). Only allow a qualified, cosmetic physician at a reputable clinic carry out the procedure.
• Do your research, check reviews of individual doctors and clinics, ask for ‘before and after’ photos of the doctor’s patients.
• Don’t be afraid to ask questions during your consultation, the doctor should explain all procedure and product options.
• Make sure you see which product the doctor is using, and that it is taken from the packaging in front of you.
As mentioned, hyaluronic acid is a natural substance, and any allergic reaction is highly unlikely.
Is lip enhancement painful?
Most individuals opt for dental block or numbing cream prior to the filler injections, which numbs the lips and surrounding area to make the procedure painless. If anything, you’ll maybe only feel a slight prick of the needle and the filler being pushed into the lips – which may feel a bit strange. Your doctor will then ‘massage’ the filler to ensure even distribution of the product, making sure there aren’t any lumps or bumps, and that the end result is aesthetically balanced.
You might have a little swelling and bruising following your treatment, as the lips are a delicate area, if this is the case, applying an ice pack will reduce this. Any swelling should subside and the final result apparent within one to three days.
At Aesthetics International, we’ll be more than happy to answer any questions and offer our expert advice on the best treatment for you if you are exploring the idea of lip fillers. Get in touch via our contact form, or call us on 04 384 5600 to book an expert consultation.