Anyone who follows the tabloid gossip pages could be forgiven for being fearful of the words ‘lip fillers’. Unfortunately, all too often they conjure up images of celebrities with vastly overinflated pouts and tales of treatments that went badly wrong.
In fact, for those simply seeking to enhance their natural lip line, treatment carried out by a qualified practitioner with high-quality dermal fillers, is a safe, subtle and virtually painless way to transform your appearance.
Whether you have always felt your lips were a little thin, or if they have lost some of their fullness with age, lip injections, administered correctly by an experienced practitioner, look fantastic, natural and leave you full of confidence in your smile.
Here you’ll find everything you need to know about lip injections…
What are lip fillers made from?
The days of permanent silicon injections and all their complications are gone. Today the most popular fillers are temporary, very natural and made from Hyaluronic Acid (HA). The most common brands are Juvederm®, Restylane® and Belotero®.
HA is found naturally in the body and has a plumping effect because it can hold onto 1,000 times its own volume in water. Depending on your metabolism your lip injections can last from four to six months or longer. Faster metabolisms tend to process the filler faster and so may need doing more often.
The joy of the temporary filler is that if for any reason you don’t like the effects of the injections you can erase them. Your practitioner can use an enzyme called Hyaluronidase to effectively dissolve the filler in your lip, leaving no trace.
What are the dos and dont’s of lip injections?
We do suggest booking the treatment a few days before you need to look your best, in case you get any bruising. It isn’t recommended to exercise or do anything that might increase the blood flow to your face, such as drinking alcohol, while you are recovering.
Experts also recommend a little forward thinking ahead of your treatment – for example not taking any supplements or painkillers that might thin the blood, as this can make bruising more likely.
Lip injections can cost anything upwards of £250 depending on where you go. As a rule, be suspicious of cheap treatments. Do your research and make sure you go to a reputable clinic with fully qualified, specialist practitioners. Do not trust your local beauty salon with any injectables, as they are unlikely to be regulated or have medical insurance cover. Ask for recommendations, testimonials, and before and after photos before you decide to go ahead.
“Always seek an expert, if the price seems too good to be true, then it is.”
Michelle Hart, senior practitioner at DestinationSkin Muswell Hill says: “Always seek an expert, if the price seems too good to be true, then it is.
“Make sure you have an expert consultation first where you meet the doctor or nurse prescriber, and ensure that you feel comfortable. Make sure they understand what you want to achieve and listen to their advice. Finally, make sure they are using a well-known brand of filler.”
What to expect during the treatment
A well-qualified practitioner will give you a thorough consultation beforehand to make sure you understand the process and are happy with the planned procedure. Many of the fillers contain local anaesthetic, therefore it shouldn’t hurt any more than the initial sharp pinch of the needle and a little stinging as the filler is injected. However, if concerned, you can opt for a local anaesthetic or numbing cream/gel to be applied to the area or a nerve block, as you would have at the dentist.
Good practitioners know that less is more when it comes to lip injections and will use tried and tested methods to ensure the injections are well-positioned and give the desired effect. Fillers can be used to even out a lop-sided lip or enhance a cupid’s bow for example, as well as simply plumping up the lip area. The fillers should enhance your natural lip shape rather than change it completely and you can always have a little more next time if you like the effect.
Once injected the practitioner will then massage the filler evenly into your lips to ensure an even application and prevent any unsightly lumps. They will sometimes apply ice for 10 minutes or so to reduce any swelling and minimise any potential bruising. If you do experience bruising it should only last a few days.
Lip injections are quick! Following consultation, the treatment can take as little as 15 minutes and you can go about your day afterwards. Within 24-48 hours your lips will have started to settled down to show the final results. The fillers can take up to 4 weeks to completely integrate, but after this period you shouldn’t notice any difference to how your lips normally feel.
Once the fillers finally wear-off, your lips will suffer no ill effects from having been injected at all. In fact, some say having the injections can leave your lips slightly plumper for good, as Hyaluronic Acid injections can stimulate more natural Hyaluronic Acid to be produced in that area.