Dermal Fillers for Lips

increase volume and improve shape

You could consider dermal lip fillers if you wish to add volume to your lips, reshape lips that have become thin with age, if seeking a more defined border around the lip, to improve your lip symmetry or to eradicate vertical lines or wrinkles.

Dermal filler is a substance that is injected into the dermis of the skin in order to fill or plump the area. Fillers are used to treat wrinkles, creases, and restore volume. The most popular types of fillers consist of hyaluronic acid, a sugar molecule that naturally exists in the body where one of its main functions is to hydrate and plump the skin. I use hyaluronic fillers that are soft and move smoothly with facial expression.

The initial consultation process is important to help to help me understand what beauty means to you, this enables me to assess how best to achieve the lip augmentation results you want. I can explain what can be achieved for you during the procedure and what cannot, fully discuss the risks, and give aftercare advice. This will help you consider your options and make the right decision for you.

At a glance:

Number of treatments: 1

Procedure duration: 45 minutes

Pain relief: numbing cream

After treatment: some redness, swelling and possibly bruising

Recovery time: 2-3 days

Results: last 9-12 months

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is involved?

If you are considering a lip filler treatment I recommend that you start by booking a consultation with me. During the consultation I will assess your lips, answer any of your questions, show you examples of my work and develop a treatment plan.

On the day of treatment I will confirm the treatment plan, take you through the consent process and take some pre-treatment photographs. The skin will be cleaned and numbing cream will be applied. Once the lips are numb, I will start the treatment. The process of injection is normally no longer than 10 minutes.

After treatment, I will apply an aftercare cream, massage the filler and show you the results. We will also discuss how best to look after the area that has been treated. You will then be offered a review appointment and an email sent to you confirming aftercare instructions.

Will it work for me?

 There are several circumstances in which fillers would not be advised: pregnancy, breastfeeding, certain health problems, active acne or infection in the area of treatment, history of allergy to dermal fillers or other products used in the treatment. The suitability of treatment will be discussed during your consultation.

Dermal fillers do not require a patch test.

Optimal results can often be achieved in one session. If you require further treatment, this is normally done after 2 weeks to allow any swelling or bruising to dissipate.

On average, most patient will only need to repeat treatment once every 9-12 months.

Is it painful?

The injections themselves are not painful. I provide numbing cream and skin cooling to minimise any discomfort. Most dermal fillers have anaesthetic mixed in with the filler in order to provide pain relief.

Are there any side-effects?

As with any injection, it is possible that you may experience some redness, swelling, tenderness and bruising. These may take 2-3 days to resolve and bruises sometimes longer.

I advise that you don’t plan treatments around important commitments and allow at least 2 weeks between treatment and an important social or work event.

Can filler be removed?

Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers can be dissolved. Removal involves an injection of water that contains hyaluronidase enzyme. This enzyme disintegrates filler quickly and painlessly, to return your skin to normal.

I recommend that you avoid taking blood thinning tablets such as aspirin or ibuprofen ( unless prescribed by your doctor) for 3 days prior to treatment. I also advise avoiding alcohol intake for 24 hours prior to treatment. It is also important that you are available for follow-up after treatment, so I recommend not to book injectable treatment if you are travelling in the next two weeks.

What could go wrong?

As with any non-surgical procedure , there is always some risk involved, including the possibility of an allergic reaction (1 in 20,000), prolonged swelling and inflammation, vascular occlusion and scarring (1 in 15,000).

I am passionate about putting safety first at all times.