Lip fillers are a popular treatment with many patients wanting a fuller, more youthful pout. With strategically injected dermal fillers in the top lip, bottom lip or philtrum, practitioners can increase volume and restore proportion to the face. Other areas which can be improved with lip fillers are fine lines and wrinkles, thinning smokers lips or reshaping the cupids bow.
As with all hyaluronic acid dermal fillers the procedure is quick with very little or no downtime and is entirely reversible should you change your mind.
How do dermal fillers work?
As we age our skin loses definition which contributes to the signs of ageing. Dermal fillers can be strategically placed into the soft tissue to help plump the skin and restore a more youthful look. Dermal fillers are a safe an effective way to improve the appearance of ageing skin and restore symmetry to the face without undergoing invasive surgical treatments.
What will it achieve?
One of the most visible signs of ageing of the face is the loss of volume in the lips which can cause vertical lines around the edges. Lip fillers can be used to plump the lips giving a more natural lip line and reduce the fine lines and wrinkles associated with ageing in this area. Lip fillers can also balance the face and help even out prominent features such as the chin or jaw line.
How long will dermal fillers last?
The results of lip fillers can be seen instantly with the initial swelling subsiding in a day or so. The results of lip fillers can last from 3 to 12 months.
How long is the procedure?
The procedure is quick and with little downtime. Treatments with dermal fillers take around 15 minutes to an hour depending on the area and how much filler is needed.
Do dermal fillers have any side effects?
As with all dermal fillers, side effects are minimal. Patients may experience some minor swelling and feel slightly tender around the area being injected for a day or so following treatment. Patients may also experience a limitation to the movement for the first 24-36 hours as the swelling subsides. Some patients may also experience some localised irritation or redness around the area and those with more sensitive skin may also experience a little bruising.
What is the recovery time?
The practitioner will give advice on how to care for the area however there is little if any recovery period needed with dermal fillers. Following treatment, the area may remain tender with a little bruising and/or swelling but this will subside in a few days. Healing can be helped by applying a cold compress.
As the process is so quick, there should be no need to take any time off work. However, if you have any questions you should discuss this with your practitioner.
How do I find a good clinic/practitioner?
Ensure you take time to find a reputable practitioner and that they are appropriately trained for the procedure you are having. You should also be comfortable with the surroundings, ensuring it’s a clean, safe and appropriate environment.
Ensure you are well informed prior to treatment, ask questions and don’t feel pressured to have the procedure then and there if you don’t want to. A reputable practitioner will be happy to accommodate such a request.
We recommend the treatment is carried out by an appropriately trained healthcare professional, such as a doctor, dentist or nurse.
How much are dermal fillers?
Costs will vary depending on the location of the clinic/ practitioner. The cost of dermal filler injections for the lips start from around £250 in London but will depend on how much filler is needed for the treatment.
Please note the content of this guide is for information only and does not replace a full consultation with a qualified practitioner.