Lip Fillers

Natural fuller lips

  • Lip enhancement treatments are known as lip fillers.  They are suitable for anyone with lips lacking in shape and elasticity, and who would like fuller, plumper lips.
  • By replacing the volume and definition that ageing has taken away, lip fillers can create a balance between the upper and lower lip, remove fine lines and give you a younger, fresher face.
  • The impact of lip fillers will be noticeable straight away; however, you will not see the best results until any swelling has subsided.
  • Lip fillers can last between 6 – 12 months on average, but you might expect the effects of your first treatment to wear off slightly faster.  
  • Results last longer after several sessions, because the skin has more time to regenerate collagen and fill in those lines and wrinkles.
  1. First of all contact me to arrange a face-to-face consultation and treatment, at a time convenient for you.
  2. I’ll need to fully understand your medical history to ensure that giving the chosen treatment will be safe.
  3. After that, we can discuss what you would like to achieve from the treatment and prepare you for the injections.
  4. The lips can be an extremely sensitive area to inject.  Some people tolerate any discomfort using only an anaesthetic numbing cream.  However, if you feel that the pain might be too much for you, I can inject a local anaesthetic to completely numb the lips.
  5. The injections will take about 10 – 15 minutes.
  6. Post treatment, we can then discuss aftercare and arrange any follow up reviews. 
  • To prevent infection, try not to touch the area and surrounding areas for 24 hours.
  • Do not consume excessive alcohol for 24 hours, as this can increase the risk of bleeding and bruising at the treated site(s).
  • Avoid exercise / excessive sweating for 24 hours.  
  • Try not to lie down or lean forward for 2 – 4 hours after treatment.
  • Limit wearing makeup or concealer straight after the treatment to help prevent infection.
  • For 1 week, do not have facial massages or apply excessive pressure to the treated areas. 
  • Avoid direct sun, sunbeds, and saunas for 3 – 4 days after the procedure.
  • And remember to use your sun screen every day!  The sun is the single most cause for early ageing of the skin – it is much cheaper to prevent wrinkles than treat them. 
  • It is important to inform me of any previous lip filler injections within the last 2 years and the brand of filler used (i.e. Juvederm, Teosyal, Restyalne, etc).  There are minimum timescales for when you can use two different brand types of fillers after each other.
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding, as the effects on the baby are not known.
  • Below the age of 18.
  • Suffering from a cold, flu, or other illnesses.
  • About to fly within 48 hours after the procedure.
  • Have a skin infection or dermatosis (e.g. psoriasis or eczema) or are suffering from a cold sore at the time of treatment.
  • Taking certain medicines.
  • Suffer from certain allergies.
  • Dermal fillers do have risks, subsequently, if not used correctly there can be serious consequences.
  • Beware of going down the bargain-basement path.  Always ensure that your aesthetic practitioner is a medically trained professional and aware of how to treat complications.
  • As dermal fillers wear off over time, most side effects are only temporary.
  • Possible side effects of lip fillers include:
    Movement of the filler from one area to another
    Lumps of inflamed tissue (called a granuloma) 
    Lumps of filler felt under the skin (these lumps can be dissolved with an enzyme that breaks down the filler)
    Blocked blood vessels which reduce blood flow to the lip.  Though not common, if left untreated it could damage your lip tissues; but it’s easy for doctors to spot right away and is immediately reversible
    Hives, rashes, or itching
    Pain, bleeding, bruising, swelling, numbness, or redness
    Dry mouth
    Flu-like symptoms
    Trouble swallowing, speaking, or breathing
  • It is especially important not to rub or massage the injection area after having a dermal filler treatment.  If you do, it could spread the filler to the surrounding skin.
  • Choose a qualified medical professional to perform the procedure.
  • By law, the person prescribing Botox or Filler should be a doctor, nurse prescriber, dentist, or prescribing pharmacist.  Guidelines by the General Medical Council (GMC) state that they should meet you face to face (Skype does not count) or risk being struck off.  
  • Be aware that in a lot of cases, this is not always happening.  Some practitioners still give Botox without referring clients to prescribers at all.  In other cases, prescribers are issuing client prescriptions based on just a phone call.
  • Remember – whilst the person prescribing the treatment can delegate the injections to another person, they are still responsible to ensure they are given safely.  If they are not present, walk away.
  • Ask for a treatment plan to outline how much work you need, how often you will need to return and what aftercare you’ll need to undertake.