Loss of lip volume and definition can be detrimental to the balance of the face as can having excessive upper lip creases, or mismatched upper and lower lips.
Lip augmentation can be used to correct any deficits or imbalances in the volume of the lips and also to restore their youthful definition.
Lip fillers consist of synthesised hyaluronic acid (HA or sodium hyaluronate), which is a natural component of lip collagen. Hyaluronic acid holds water which imparts volume and hydrates the lips. Lip augmentation procedures use the inherent waterbinding properties of HA to restore a natural volumised look to the lips.
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What fillers do we use?
The are a multitude of fillers available on the UK market.
We only use biodegradable reversible fillers.
We currently prefer the Juvederm Vycross range, Voluma, Volift and Volbella.
Doctor Ian will be able to advise you at your consultation which filler is most suitable for you.
Voluma – restores volume to chin, cheeks, and cheekbone. Lasts up to 18 months.
Volbella – designed specifically for natural-looking lip augmentation. Lasts up to 12 months.
Volift – for lips, smokers’ lines and naso-labial folds. Last up to 15 months.
The Vycross range has several benefits over other fillers:
Better results, it’s easier to shape and mould once injected
Causes less swelling
Smoother and easier to inject, reduces the risk of bruising and swelling
Better ability to create lift and projection
The Vycross range may be more expensive initially, but these fillers are more cost effective due to their longevity,give better results and have less potential for side effects
How do I prepare for lip filler treatment?
Do nothing differently. Just go about your day to day activities as normal. Your lips will be cleansed and sterilised at the time of the procedure so try not to use any lipstick or cosmetics. If having lip plumping and defining, you will need to have an anaesthetic block. This will be injected so that the lips are completely numb and so you will not feel any pain when the lip filler is being injected.
Lip filler will be injected into the vermillion border (the edge of the lips where the skin meets the lip itself) and also into the lips themselves in so that the lips have a fuller, poutier and feminine appearance.
How do lip fillers work?
The hyaluronic acid is a gellike solution and is injected into the lips to add volume in the vermillion border and also into the body of the lips themselves. The filler holds water within its molecular bonds and plumping the structure of the lips from within.
How long do lip injection treatments last?
Hyaluronic acid fillers last from 6 – 15 months depending on how each individual responds to the filler ingredients. Some people degrade the filler faster than others.
They are all fully biodegradable and will break down gradually over time. As the absorption times differ with individuals, how the area looks and feels is the best indicator that a topup is needed.
Are there side effects to lip augmentation?
There are very few reported side effects with these products, bruising being the most common as with any injections. This is usually minimal and can be covered effectively with make up.
You must mention to your practitioner if you are taking any blood thinning medications ie. aspirin or warfarin as one would be at higher risk of bruising. However, this does not mean that we cannot proceed, it just mean we will take extra care to minimise bruising. Any potential side effects will be discussed in full at your consultation.
What is the lip treatment aftercare?
There is usually some swelling after having a lip enhancement and it is advisable to relax and minimise strenuous activity in the 24 hours after having the treatment.
After treatment, antiinflammatories (e.g. ibuprofen) can help to reduce the swelling and we will provide you with a cool ice pack to place on the lips. It is important to keep the lips clean and dry and to leave the lips to settle down without any excessive rubbing or manipulation.