Fuller or more balanced lips are high on many people’s wish list – lip enhancements are one of our most popular injectable treatments, and when you’ve seen the wonderful natural results our clinical team can achieve, then you’ll see why!
Why should I choose lip fillers?
If you want to address any of the following concerns and get lips that make you feel good, then lip fillers will help you get the results you’re looking for:
- Add volume to thin lips
- Create a pronounced Cupid’s bow (upper lip)
- Define the lip border shape
- Balance uneven lips
- Reduce fine “smoker’s” lines
How do lip fillers work?
We use a Juvéderm® filler which contains a high concentration of Hyaluronic Acid (HA), which is a substance found naturally in your body. HA attracts and binds water in the skin to provide gentle, natural looking volume, making it perfect for shaping the delicate lip area. AS HA is a naturally occurring substances, it makes our lip filler treatment incredibly safe in comparison to older filler techniques. Many older lip fillers were collagen or silicone based, which led to a range of problems.
During a lip filler procedure at DestinationSkin, a small amount of Juvederm® filler is injected around the lip border or lip body depending on what you wish to achieve. Once injected, the filler gets to work, gently shaping or plumping your lips to achieve your desired look. Hyaluronic Acid lip fillers are temporary, meaning that they will last for six to nine months before your body breaks the filler down.
Prior to treatment, your Medical Injector will carefully examine your lip area and discuss your desired outcome. The treatment itself starts with the lip area being cleansed and numbed using a local anaesthetic. The filler is then injected into the lip area. Your specialist will then massage the product to create a smooth, natural-looking result.
What results can I expect from lip filler injections?
The results of this treatment are evident immediately, and will continue to develop over the seven to 14 days following your treatment. The lips can become a little swollen for 24 – 48 hours following a lip enhancement treatment, so we suggest you avoid planning social events during that time. This is completely normal and will subside over a couple of days. Our lip fillers are all temporary Hyaluronic Acid fillers which typically last for up to 12 months. As your doctor or nurse will explain to you during the consultation, this can vary between individuals.
Lip fillers before and afters
After 3 1ml treatments of Juvderm® VolbellaBeforeAfter
What to do and expect before lip fillers
Please don’t drink any alcohol during the 24 hours before your treatment. We also advise that you avoid using aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs a couple of days before your treatment (unless they are taken for a chronic medical condition). Avoiding these medications will reduce your risk of bruising at the point of injection. Ask your medical practitioner if you have any concerns.
If you suffer with cold sores, we may advise a course of Aciclovir before we carry out the treatment.
How much do lip fillers cost?
Lip fillers allow you to subtly enhance your features and create more volume. Our team of Medical Injectors are all highly skilled and use only high quality, medically approved fillers. The filler used will be discussed at your consultation depending on your desired result.
|Juvéderm Lip Fillers|
An increasingly popular treatment, lip fillers allow you to subtly enhance your lips and create natural looking volume.
How many lip filler treatments will I need?
At DestinationSkin we only use temporary fillers which naturally complement your skin, and breakdown over the period of 12 months after the treatment. This allow us to adapt the treatment of your lips to fit with your face’s natural ageing changes.
To achieve the desired results, sometimes more than one treatment is needed, with results lasting up to 12 months.
Should I have lip fillers?
As the popularity of lip fillers in the media soaring, this particular treatment is becoming more desirable and obtainable to those wanting to enhance their lips.
It is important to consider the type of product used and the medical injector’s qualifications and experience. Rest assured that at DestinationSkin we have a selection of highly experienced medically qualified injectors to perform your treatment – you can find out more about them here so you feel comfortable coming in to talk with them.
Unfortunately, we are unable to treat clients under the age of 18. It’s always best to wait until you are over the age of 18 for treatments such as lip fillers as your facial structure is still developing, so you might not end up with the results you’re hoping for.
What to do after lip fillers
After your treatment, we recommend that you do not consume alcohol for 24 hours as this reduces the risk of swelling and bruising. We also advise that you use mineral make-up to reduce the risk of infection, avoid hot drinks for a few hours after treatment, and keep your lips hydrated using recommended products such as DermaQuest’s 3D Lip Complex or Antioxidant Lip Repair. These help your lips heal, whilst staying moisturised and hydrated.
Lip Filler FAQs
Q: Are there any side effects after getting lip fillers?
A: After your treatment, the common effects are mild redness, slight swelling and possible bruising. The treatment area may feel tender to touch and all of these effects are normal, will subside in a few days, but may last up to a week. Each day everything should improve slightly and the area should look more normal and feel better.
It is very uncommon to have any serious side effects, however if you do experience any of the following, please call the clinic immediately, or if after hours, seek help from a GP or A&E:
- swelling that is getting worse as time passes
- increase in pain that is growing more severe with time
- skin feeling hot, redness increasing and becoming worse with time
- skin near the treatment area or along the side of the nose looking pale/white or greyish in colour on the day or day after the treatment, and pain increasing in this area
- generally feeling unwell in the days following your treatment
Q: What if I don’t like the results or it looks too unnatural?
A: Our Medical Injectors are experienced with all aspects of HA Fillers and the type of results that can be achieved. Lip filler treatment is not ‘one size fits all’, and the injector will discuss the best ‘look’ for you in your bespoke, detailed consultation. We can assure you that your treatment will be delivered safely and in accordance with your wishes based on this thorough consultation. Lip fillers are a popular treatment because most people are really happy with the results. Your Medical Injector will endeavour to completely understand your expectations, however we cannot guarantee how much you will love the result.
Q: Is it safe to have any treatment if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: We do not recommend that you have any injectable treatments, including lip fillers, if you suspect or can confirm that you are pregnant. We also recommend that you have completely finished breast feeding before returning for your aesthetic treatments.
Q: What can I do to ensure I get the best results from my lip filler treatments?
A: Here are a few tips to optimise the outcome of your treatment:
- Avoid having any alcohol the day before your treatment. This will help to minimise the chance of bruising.
- In the week before your treatment, try to avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen or any other type of anti-inflammatory medication as this will also increase your risk of a bruise occurring.
- Please do not plan to have any other skin treatments (peels, facials, microdermabrasion, micro needling) for 1 week prior and 2 weeks after your lip filler treatment.
- If you have been unwell with a cold virus, cold sore (herpes) or any other skin rash or condition, please phone the clinic to check if you should still attend your appointment. Your general medical health is important, and we are happy to reschedule your aesthetic treatment if necessary.
- After your treatment, please closely follow the aftercare advice given to you by your Medical Injector, and please do not apply anything else to the treatment area, unless previously discussed.
Q: How long does lip filler treatment take and is it painful?
A: A topical anaesthetic cream (numbing) will be applied to your lips for up to 10 minutes before the treatment. This will make the procedure a lot more comfortable. A skilled Medical Injector will be able to perform the procedure in a few minutes, and most people find that it is not too bad in terms of discomfort.
Q: How can I be sure that my lips won’t look to big or unnatural?
A: Our Medical Injectors at DestinationSkin are very experienced with lip fillers and the types of results that can be achieved. The syringes come in 1ml or 0.5ml (half) sizes and the correct amount of filler will be discussed with you at the consultation. Factors to consider are the result desired, the natural size of the lip before treatment, the proportion of the lips relative to the face and the age of the client. It is not always the case that a half syringe (0.5ml) is the best option even for a light enhancement. Your Medical Injector will discuss this thoroughly with you before performing the treatment.
Q: Is it a good idea to bring in images of the type of lip I would like to have?
A: Yes, it is very useful for the Medical Injector to see any pictures of lips that you like. Please remember that not all lips are the same, and a particular lip shape or size may not be suitable for your face. The best ‘look’ and realistic result will be discussed with you at the time of your consultation.
Q: How will my lips look after the treatment?
A: As soon as the filler has been placed, the Medical Injector will show you the result. This will be an almost accurate idea of how your lips will look. However, there is usually a small amount of initial swelling, and this will increase for the next 12-24 hours. The day after the treatment, your lips may be quite swollen and look too big and unnatural. This is completely normal and will only last 12-24 hours. There is no way to avoid this swelling, so we recommend that you allow for this when planning your day after the treatment, particularly if you don’t wish for anyone to know! The risk of bruising to the lips is higher than any other areas where dermal fillers are used, and it is relatively common to have moderate to severe bruising. This will last 5-7 days.
When you arrive home after your treatment, apply ice/cold pack to the lips for 20 minutes. This may help to minimise or prevent bruising. Taking Arnica 30cc for a few days following your treatment, will also help to clear bruising in a shorter time.
Q: How long will lip filler treatment last?
A: Usually a lip filler will last up to 6 months. There are many factors that determine how long the filler will last including: the type and amount of HA filler used, how many times the lips have been filled before and the age of the client. The Medical Injector will give a good indication of the expected longevity of each treatment based on all the above factors.
Q: Is much recover time needed after getting lip fillers?
A: With any injectable treatment, there is a small risk of bruising, bleeding and swelling. Our doctors and nurses aim to produce natural-looking results for each client. During the 48 hours following your treatment, your lips may be swollen and bruised, but it should not stop you returning to your usual routine.
Q: How do I know if I’m suitable?
A: Our clinical professionals will talk through any suitability concerns with you to agree whether lip fillers will provide the look you desire. Eligibility will also depend on your age. We can only treat clients who are 18 and over. We’ll also consider your allergies, whether you’re pregnant and your medical history.
Q: How are lip fillers different from other treatments?
A: Lip enhancers can provide a natural look and feel by adding volume or defining shape. The results from lip fillers are longer lasting than other cosmetic lip-plumping products you can buy, and can be tailored to the look you want to achieve.
Q: What happens during the treatment?
A: Your treatment will take place in one of our private treatment rooms. Your practitioner will cleanse the area and then perform the injections. Treatments typically take around 30 minutes.
Q: What do lip injections feel like?
A: The lip area can be sensitive, so we apply a numbing cream to the area before the treatment. We also only use Juvéderm® lip fillers, which contain anaesthetic for maximum comfort during and after the treatment.
Q: What happens after the treatment?
A: You can get back to work on the same day but we do advise you to avoid wearing make-up (apart from mineral make-up), going to the gym on the same day, or touching the injection site. This is to minimise the risk of infection.
Q: Are lip filler treatments safe?
A: We only use internationally recognised suppliers who rigorously test their products. Juvéderm® are approved by the FDA and provide certified medical devices for use as dermal fillers. They carry the European CE mark.
All our medical injectors are registered with their respective governing and regulatory bodies, which include the NMC, GMC and GDC. There are very few risks with dermal fillers as these are semi-permanent. Although extremely rare, if we need to reverse the results of a filler, we can use injections to counteract the effect and reverse the process.
The medical injector will carry out the consultation, deliver your treatment and manage your follow-up care at DestinationSkin. They will also be able to answer any questions you may have.
What our clients say
I had heard and seen some cases of lip fillers being lumpy, causing infections and swelling, so upon going to DestinationSkin for a consultation, I was nervous. However, they soon put me at ease, taking time to answer all of my questions and assure me that the fillers they use and procedure style would make my lips look and feel natural, with added volume and definition. I love my new lips now, and I didn’t get the trout pout my friends thought I would!
What our team say
Lip fillers are becoming ever more popular, and we aim to achieve a natural looking results that is in balance with the face.