Lip fillers, like it or loathe it, are very popular. Most people think it is for young women who want big, pouty lips. But, in my clinic in Billericay, Essex I use dermal fillers in the lips for many reasons. Read on to find out why and how I use dermal fillers in the lips?
How do Lip fillers work?
Lip fillers are made of hyaluronic acid. Initially, they create a lift by occupying space. Afterward, they hydrate and plump the skin by attracting and holding onto water. Additionally, they encourage collagen and elastin production within the skin maintaining the results.
Why choose dermal fillers?
Firstly, they are minimally invasive procedures meaning they are quick procedures, requiring little or no downtime. Secondly, treatment can be staggered over a period until the desired goal is achieved. So, you will never have more than 1ml injected into your lips in one sitting. Thirdly, once the desired effect is achieved, you can maintain your results with repeated treatments. Most importantly, the filler can be dissolved with an enzyme should a rare complication arise.
Lip fillers for Volume
Some people have thin lips, and they may wish to add more volume. Some people have large lips, but they may wish for more definition. I work with you to find the right balance so that you look and feel your best. Unfortunately, I cannot give you someone else’s lips.
Lip fillers for rejuvenation
As our face ages, the lips also go through the ageing process. The lips themselves become more wrinkled and turn inwards. Lip fillers can be used to reduce the wrinkles on the lips themselves. The hyaluronic acid in the dermal filler helps to hydrate and plump the lips so they appear more youthful.
The skin above and below the lips gets vertical wrinkles that extend to the lip borders. We call these ‘barcode’ or smokers’ lines. The corners of the mouth turn downwards giving a sad appearance to the face.
Placing a small amount of filler strategically on the border helps to stretch out the vertical lines that reach the lip border. I can also place a soft dermal filler in the top lip area to reduce these barcode lines. The corners of the mouth can be supported to reduce the downward turn of the lips.
Lip fillers for Asymmetry
If you have a natural asymmetry in the lips, dermal filers can be used to balance the proportions and ratio.
Consideration for race and gender
There are ethnic and gender differences in our lips and giving natural results means respecting this and not giving you lips that don’t suit your face. The ratio of upper to lower lip may be 1:1 or 1:1.6 depending on your heritage. Men have more uniformly filled lips across the whole lips. Women on the other hand have the most volume in the middle, as wide as our noses. If a disproportionate amount of filler is injected at the sides in a woman, then the lips appear more ‘sausage-like’.
What makes some people’s lips look unnatural
The lips look overfilled when too much filler is injected into the lips or placed in the wrong area such as described above. The filler may also ‘move’ or ‘migrate’ outside the lip if injected incorrectly creating a ‘shelf-like’ appearance. This is commonly termed‘ duck lips’ or ‘trout pout’.
How can you make my treatment comfortable?
Every lip filler treatment begins with a consultation and facial assessment. This will be followed by a discussion about the risks and benefits of the treatment. Once you are satisfied with the information and want to go ahead, we begin your treatment. You will have a numbing cream applied to the lips to make the procedure comfortable. I use small needles to place small amounts of filler strategically to give natural results. In some instances, I may use a cannula which is a blunt-ended tube to deliver the treatment. In the end, your lips will be checked, and you will be given aftercare instructions. Your aftercare will also be sent via email with my contact details should you have any concerns after treatment.
How often do I need to have lip filler?
This is a common question I get asked. Everyone is different. The dermal filler gets broken down over time slowly so you may notice the lips returning to their pre-treatment stage after 9-12 months. The type of filler used for lip enhancement is soft and we use our lips a lot hence the breakdown can be as low as 6-9 months in some people. As a non-surgical treatment, you do have to maintain the results with repeated treatments.
I hope this blog has answered most of the common questions you may have about lip fillers. I am more than happy to answer all your questions during your consultation.