The relationship between the size of the lips and perception of beauty is an interesting one. In the 1980s thin lips were fashionable whereas in the 90s big lips were the thing and now we are back to a more natural look. If you are taking the decision to increase the size of your lips you may, therefore, want to think about opting for a treatment that is temporary or at least reversible.
The simplest way to increase the size of the lips is with the injection of a dermal filler. Dermal fillers are gel-like materials which are injected to fill out the lip, increasing the size and improving the shape of the lips.
Are lip fillers safe?
There are many different types of dermal fillers available. At Fill Your Face Aesthetics, we only use dermal fillers containing hyaluronic acid such as Restylane® or Juvederm®, Belotero®, Teosyal® or MaiLi®. Hyaluronic acid is a substance which occurs naturally in the body making is very safe to use for most people. These particular dermal fillers offer the longest lasting result with the highest safety profile currently available.
It is important to visit an experienced practitioner for treatment to ensure results you are happy with.
Who are lip fillers suitable for?
Clients who request lip enhancement typically fall into two groups. The first group is the younger client who simply wants to add volume to their lips in order to enhance their pout. The classic technique for doing this involves injecting dermal filler into the border around the lip. This can, however, produce an unnatural ‘duck lips’ appearance and therefore it is preferable to inject into the vermillion, the red part of the lip to create a more natural appearance.
The second group consists usually of older clients who wish to recreate a more youthful appearance. As we age, the lips not only get thinner but the shape of the lip also changes. The lips become flatter, the cupid's bow loses definition and the corners of the mouth turn downwards creating a sad expression. In a lip rejuvenating procedure we, therefore, try to correct not only the volume loss but also focus on reshaping the lips, creating the illusion of a lip lift.
How long do lip fillers last?
Typically lip fillers will last anywhere between 6-12 months, it depends on how quickly an individual clients body takes to break the filler down. Lifestyle factors such as smoking and sun exposure can also affect how long the results last.
Does it hurt?
Kelly is able to apply a topical anaesthetic (numbing) cream which will make the procedure more comfortable. The cream takes around 20-30 minutes to be effective before treatment can begin. Many dermal fillers also contain lidocaine to help ease post-treatment discomfort.
Following treatment, the lips can be fairly swollen and bruised. This will usually only last for a few days but it can sometimes take up to a week to settle down fully. No makeup should be applied to the lips for at least 12 hours following treatment. Very hot environments like saunas, sunbeds etc. should be avoided for around 2 weeks after treatment.
Very rarely following dermal filler treatment clients can experience complications such as an allergic reaction to the filler product, infections, granuloma formation and necrosis. Most of these complications are very uncommon but will be discussed in full at your initial consultation.
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