Lip Fillers

In the correct, highly-skilled, highly-qualified hands, lips can be enhanced and rejuvenated beautifully and subtly, balancing and harmonising the lips with the face, and ensuring you look great from all angles.

Best Results

1-3 Treatment

Duration of Results

6-12 Months

Treatment Recovery

3-4 Hours

Risks and Complications

Medium

Anaesthetic

Numbing Cream
Local Anaesthetic

Procedure Time

20-40 Minutes

Skin Specialist

Medically Qualified

Back to Work

Same Day

Overview

As we age, lips naturally lose volume and plumpness. This is due to the overall decrease in collagen and elastin that occurs as we age. These are the proteins in our skin which provide structure, support and elasticity. This, coupled with a natural change in the shape of the lips as we age, means that our lips get thinner and smaller as we get older.

In the correct, highly-skilled, highly-qualified hands, lips can be enhanced and rejuvenated beautifully and subtly, balancing and harmonising the lips with the face, and ensuring you look great from all angles.

Not only can strategically placed dermal fillers help restore lost volume, they can also be used to redefine and reshape lips. Lip volume is best built up in stages, so it may be that you have smaller volumes of filler added over a period of months to get the desired outcome.

Many dermal filler products are available with the addition of lidocaine combined with the hyaluronic acid gel in the syringe. This provides instant relief from pain upon injection and removes the need for a separate nerve block or topical anaesthesia. However, Dr. Natasha wants you to feel as comfortable as possible, so you will likely be offered a topical numbing cream.

There are products available which can dissolve hyaluronic acid fillers, so the effects of these fillers are not only temporary, but they can be reversed, if necessary. The products to dissolve fillers are prescription medicines and must be performed by an expert.

How do Lip Fillers work?

Most dermal fillers used in the UK contain hyaluronic acid. When injected into the skin, hyaluronic acid’s hydrophilic (water-loving) tendencies, cause it to attract water, instantly filling out wrinkles and scars and adding volume and shape where necessary.

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance within the body, which makes adverse reactions to it unlikely.

Dr. Natasha uses her skill to administer fillers in a subtle way to reshape lips, add lost volume to ageing lips, treat lipstick lines and philtral columns. Lip fillers can also be used to address any asymmetry in lips, particularly clients with cleft lip.

Dr. Natasha will tailor the treatment to your specific lip and facial anatomy. The idea is to create a natural looking set of lips.

Your lip tissue is made up of compartments called tubercles. Boluses (balls) of filler can be placed into these tubercles to add volume and plumpness.

The border of your lips comprises of the cupid’s bow and the upper and lower vermillion border. These can be reshaped and defined using threads of filler.

What happens during a lip filler treatment?

1.

Consultation and Consent

It is important to understand that, whilst dermal fillers are not prescription only medicines, the medication needed to dissolve fillers, hyaluronidase, is. Additionally, the anatomy of the face is complex, it is advisable the you only allow medically qualified practitioners carry out filler treatments.

Dr. Natasha will discuss your aesthetic requests and natural, realistic outcomes.

2.

The Treatment

Your treatment will take around 15-30 minutes.

Local anaesthetic numbing cream will be applied for your comfort during the procedure.

3.

The Check-Up

A free check-up is offered two weeks after your treatment.

4.

The Repeat Treatment

Depending on how quickly you metabolise the filler and which product you were treated with, you will require a repeat treatment 6-24 months after your initial treatment.

Dr. Natasha will advise regarding when you may require a repeat treatment.

How should I prepare for treatment?

A week before your treatment, avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E and fish oil supplements. These may increase bleeding and bruising. However, you can take paracetamol if needed.

If you are taking any prescribed medication, including aspirin, do not stop taking it – consult Dr. Natasha or your GP first.

Avoid drinking alcohol 24 hours before your treatment, as this also increases the risk of bruising.

What happens after a lip filler treatment?

After your treatment, you can go about your normal day.

Post-treatment advice:

  • iced water soaks or ice packs to help to reduce swelling;
  • the use of painkillers such as paracetamol, is often not required but may be used if needed for a few days after treatment;
  • arnica (a homeopathic remedy) cream or tablets are sometimes recommended a few days before and a few days after treatment as there is some evidence that this can reduce bruising.

Bruising and swelling should go down after a couple of days but can persist for a week.

If you continue to experience excessive swelling, pain, skin colour changes or if any blistering occurs, you should contact Dr. Natasha  immediately.

Any lumps, discharge or redress please contact Dr. Natasha.

What are the side effects and risks of lip fillers?

Common side effects include bleeding, bruising, tenderness, redness and swelling around the injection site. These signs may take 2-3 days to resolve completely.

Occasionally, a ‘bleb’ will occur. This is where the filler has been injected too superficially (close to the surface) and will need to be dissolved.

Rarely, allergic type reactions can occur after a filler treatment. These include prolonged redness, swelling, itching and/or hardness and bumps in the skin. Such signs may appear at some or all injection points. Sometimes, they can last several months or longer, but this is extremely unusual.

Another rare side effect is occlusions. This is where filler is accidentally injected into a blood vessel, creating a blockage. This presents as whitening of the skin, followed by the area turning greyish-purple. If left untreated, this can result in tissue loss in the affected area. So any concerns please contact Dr. Natasha immediately for emergency treatment.

One particular type of occlusion is an ocular occlusion. This is where a blood vessel supplying the eye gets blocked. This results in partial or complete blindness.

If you have a history of cold sores, filler injections may result in break outs. In this case, Dr. Natasha may recommend that you take a course of anti-viral medicine before treatment.

If you have a known allergy to hyaluronic fillers or any of the ingredients in the filler product, you must inform Dr. Natasha.

Dermal fillers cannot be given to pregnant women.

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