Lip filler treatment, also called lip enhancement or augmentation, can help to add or restore volume to the lips. Popular with patients of all ages, lip enhancement is our fastest-growing non-surgical treatment.
Over the last few years, it’s safe to say that plumped up, full-looking lips have become more desirable than ever before. Whilst they may not be to everybody’s tastes, for the most part, lip fillers are now more desirable than ever before, with ‘lip fillers’ being one of the most highly searched beauty and cosmetic-related terms on the internet. Lip fillers are designed to help plump up and fill out the lips, but what exactly are they, how do they work, and what do you need to know about them? Well, worry not, because below we’ll be telling you everything you need to know about lip fillers. So, grab a cup of tea, get comfortable, and let’s learn more about lip fillers and how they work?
What are lip fillers made from? – Generally speaking, lip fillers come in the form of dermal fillers. Most dermal fillers contain HA, also known as Hyaluronic Acid. This compound is actually synthesized naturally within the human body. HA can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water, which makes it very useful when it comes to cosmetic and beauty treatments and procedures. Once the HA is injected into the lips, it helps to plump them up and fill them out. The body gradually breaks it down over the course of several weeks/months, which is why repeat treatments are required. At Dr Aesthetica we most commonly use Juvederm Ultra 2. We find that this product gives good consistent results.
How do they work? – So, now that we know what dermal fillers are, let’s now take a look at exactly how they work. Hyaluronic Acid is injected directly into the part of the body that the patient wishes to plump up and fill out. Now, depending on which dermal filler you use, the results will last different durations. Some last months, whereas others can last for years. Dermal fillers however, do not work in the same way as botox, as botox is designed to help smooth out wrinkles. For best results, people often combine the two treatments, resulting in a much younger-looking complexion
How much do they cost?
At Dr Aesthetica we only use established and FDA approved brands of dermal filler. The cost varies on the amount of filler used. The treatment options are discussed with you before any treatment is carried out.
Lip fillers start at the following prices:
0.5ml Juvederm Ultra 2 for Subtle lips £175
1.1ml Juvederm Ultra 2 for enhanced lips £250
Treatment can be combined with other areas on the face, additional filler is charged at £200 per 1ml.
Booking’s can be made online here or call 0121 769 0242 to make an appointment.
Are lip fillers safe?
Lips fillers are a cosmetic treatment, and therefore as with all procedures it carries a risk that something could go wrong. This is safe procedure when performed by experienced and qualified Doctor as it would be at Dr Aesthetica.
When you are seen at Dr Aesthetica, a full medical is undertaken, along with professional before and after photos. All patients are booked for a follow up appointment. Should the unexpected happen we are able to prescribe appropriate treatments and reversal agents if required.
Does lip enhancement hurt?
At Dr Aesthetica we use a topical numbing cream to help reduce the discomfort. Most patients will describe the procedure as uncomfortable as the lip area has lots of nerves and can be sensitive. The lip filler even has a numbing agent built in to help further number the area.
Who should have lip fillers?
The lips can shrink with age and lose their plumpness and definition due to the loss of fat and collagen. This can cause lipstick to bleed and many women feel it ages them. Some patients, however, say they’ve always had thin lips, or that they don’t like their lip shape. They can particularly notice thin lips when they smile. Full, volumous lips have always been a sign of youth and many women would like to achieve this look in order to boost their confidence and to feel more attractive.
For a fuller, plump, more youthful and sensual look, lips can be treated with dermal fillers for a temporary effect.
However, lips can be one of the most difficult areas to treat; in the hands of an inexperienced practitioner, you could end up with a ‘trout pout’. It is very important that the practitioner you choose has extensive experience in this area and knows the results he can achieve without over filling the lips or mis-shaping them.You may be a good candidate for lip fillers if:
Will my lips feel lumpy afterwards?
The simple answer is no. If done correctly, your lips should be fuller and smoother without the appearance of lumps inside the lips or above the lips. Lumps can often be confused with swelling straight after the procedure, but this will resolve fully in 1-2 weeks.
Will my lips swell after lip filler treatment?
This depends on how much product was used and the technique used to inject. There is always some degree of swelling which will resolve with 1-2 weeks. The use of ice is helpful in reducing swelling.
How long does the treatment take?
You can expect the procedure to last around 30 mins. At Dr Aesthetica we complete a full medical on all patients, alongside taking professional before and after photos. We also use numbing creams on the lips to help make it more comfortable.
How long do lips fillers last?
I often advise that lips fillers will last around 6 months on average. It is affected by several different factors such as exposure to sunlight, smoking and how much you move the area. Some patients report that the filler last around 12 months with others reporting as little as 4 months.