Lip fillers explained?
Lip filler treatment is a popular procedure, available to people of all ages, used to enhance the appearance of the lip and can help to add volume. It is amongst the most common non-surgical cosmetic treatments carried out in the UK today.
There are many reasons why some people choose to have lip filler treatment. Some people may be dissatisfied with the overall shape and volume of their natural lips, while other may feel their lips have changed and lost their youthful volume and texture and want to regain what they once had.
Lips naturally come in different shapes and sizes. If you’re one of those people who are not happy with the way they look, lip fillers can be an effective treatment to help you achieve the look you want.
Why have lip filler treatment?
Here are some benefits of lip filler treatment:
- Lip fillers give volume and definition to lips
- Improve confidence and self-esteem
- Gain a more youthful appearance
- Appear less tired
- Improve the balance of facial features
- Procedure is non-surgical so requires minimal recovery time
- Treatment can be customised to meet your needs.
Here are some reasons for having lip filler treatments:
- Excessive wrinkles
- Having a tired expression
- Appearing older than your years.
What can lip fillers do?
Lips fillers can address and overcome many lip concerns including:
- Make naturally thin lips appear fuller
- Change the shape of lips
- Increase lip definition
- Improve smile
- Smooth out lip lines
What are lip fillers made from?
The type of filler used for lip enhancement procedures can vary depending where you have the treatment. Typically, dermal fillers are used on lips. Dermal fillers are made from different chemical materials and, depending on the type of filler used, the results can also vary.
The two most common dermal fillers used for lip filler treatment are:
- Collagen – effects can last three or four months
- Hyaluronic acid – lasts four to six months
Hyaluronic acid is becoming increasingly popular as it is usually considered safer and the effects last longer than other methods.
The liquid is also easier to control when being administered by the practitioner and the injections can be given over different sessions, until the desired outcome is achieved.
Cost of lip fillers
The cost of dermal fillers can vary significantly depending on where the treatment is carried out, the extent of the treatment and the treatment method. Additionally, the treatment isn’t permanent and will require repeat visits if the results are to be maintained.
You should request a quote from a clinic to find out the exact price of the treatment and what is included in the price. Be sure to fully understand what is and isn’t included in the price so there are no unwanted surprises later.
Limitations and safety concerns with lip fillers?
There are some limitations to what can be achieved through lip fillers treatments, these include:
- The effects of lip fillers are temporary
- The longer lasting lip filler solutions may be higher risky treatments
- There is no guarantee the desired outcome will be achieved
- Facial changes due to aging cannot be prevented
Being safe and aware of risks associated with any medical or cosmetic treatment is important. Make sure you’re prepared for treatment by speaking to a specialist who can talk you through the procedure in more detail, going through risks and side effects, and helping to set realistic expectation about what can be achieved through dermal fillers.
What to expect from your lip filler treatment provider?
Before having lip filler treatment, it’s important to be well prepared by having a good understanding of what is involved in the treatment you want. The care provider you choose should provide a consultation session where you can discuss your needs and get advice on the type of treatment that is best for you.
The decision on how the treatment should be carried out and the type of treatment that should be provided needs to be agreed with your practitioner. They should also provide a detailed treatment plan before the procedure so you’re aware of the exact process, from the first moment you enter the clinic to your recovery.
What do lip filler treatments involve?
The treatment is usually carried out by a nurse or practitioner and you’ll be expected to remain at the clinic for about an hour. It’ll typically take 30 minutes for the numbing to take effect and a further 30 minutes to inject the filler into the lips.
Once the lips are numb, the practitioner will use a very fine needle to carefully inject the filler solution into the lips. Once injected, the lip will be massaged to ensure the filler is smooth and evenly distributed.
The treatment may feel a bit comfortable for some people, but shouldn’t cause any real pain.
After your lip filler procedure and recovery
After the treatment you’ll be ready to leave the clinic and return to your usual activity without any downtime. You may notice some swelling and bruising from the procedure, but this should subside after a day or two. Your lips may continue to feel sensitive for a week or so, but this is expected.
The nurse or practitioner who carried out the procedure will discuss your recovery plan and what to expect. You’ll be advised on what you should and shouldn’t to aid with your recovery, but, generally, no recovery time is required after lip enhancement treatment.
Risks and side effects of lip fillers
Lip filler treatment is generally considered to be one of the safest cosmetic treatments available. Having said that, it is still very important to be prepared and ready for all possible outcomes.
Risks and side effects that may be experienced include:
- Filler shifting beyond the treated area
- Lumps forming under the skin – very rare
- Blocked blood vessels – very rare
What if something goes wrong?
If, after the procedure, you feel you have encountered a serious problem and the results are not what you expected, reach out to your practitioner.
Contact the clinic that performed the procedure and explain the situation, especially if you’re experiencing discomfort or any unusual symptoms that were not explained to you during the consultation.
Things to consider before your procedure
Opting for any form of cosmetic surgery requires a lot of careful thought and consideration. You need to really understand the reasons for choosing the procedure you want and set realistic expectations of the outcome.
Once your mind is made up, are you confident that you are fully prepared for the treatment?
Here are some things you should think about:
- Do you have adequate space to recover?
- How long is the recovery time for your treatment?
- Do you need time off work?
- When will you start to see the results you expect?
- How to maintain the results of your treatment?
- When will you fully recover and resume your usual activity?
Start your search
You may or may not be ready for lip filler treatment, but it’s never too soon to reach out to a clinic or hospital, or a doctor, to start a conversation. A major part of your research into the procedure you’re looking for should include direct communication, and a consultation, with an expert. Feel free to contact multiple care providers and experts. The more information you gather about your procedure and surgeon the better decision you’re likely to make.