What are lip fillers?
Lip fillers – also known as ‘lip enhancement’ or ‘lip augmentation’ – is a popular cosmetic procedure that results in fuller and plumper lips.
Lip fillers used to involve the injection of collagen, but these days dermal fillers are the most common method of lip enhancement as they last longer and are much more stable than collagen.
There are a lot of different types of dermal filler that can be used for lip filler treatments. The most common of these are fillers that contain substances similar to hyaluronic acid – a natural substance found in the body that increases the volume of your lips.
Benefits of using Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
Once they are injected, hyaluronic acid fillers add support and shape to the lip tissue.
The benefits of using this kind of lip filler include:Lip volume control
The amount of substance injected can be easily controlled, so the practitioner has a high degree of control over how much more volume is created.Gradual treatment
These injections can be administered gradually over time, so the patient can have several different appointments until they achieve the desired results.Lumps dissolve quickly
Any lumps and bumps that are created by movement of the lips dissolve quickly and easily.Less bruising
Compared to other dermal fillers, there is usually a lot less bruising when using hyaluronic acid fillers.Long lasting results
Although they are not permanent, the results are very long lasting.
How long do lip fillers last?
The effects of lip fillers typically last approximately six months. After that, more injections will be needed to maintain the desired volume of your lips.
What to expect when getting a lip filler treatment
Lip filler treatments are usually very quick and simple procedures that can be carried out quickly.
Before receiving the injections, either a topical or local numbing agent will be applied to the treated area to ease any potential discomfort.
It is also not uncommon for nerve blocking injections to be used – which are similar to the type of anaesthetic injections applied by a dentist to numb your mouth.
Following this your practitioner will carefully mark the areas of your lips that are to be injected, and then very fine needles are used to inject the dermal filler substance into your lips.
After the injections ice might be provided to help ease any discomfort and reduce any swelling. This should only be applied lightly though, as no firm pressure should be put on the treated area immediately after the injections.
Lipstick and any other lip products should also be avoided following the lip filler procedure.
Lip fillers side effects
Side effects are very rare with lip filler treatments, and any that do occur usually very mild and temporary – typically only lasting a day or so.
The most common and mild lip filler side effects can include:
- Bleeding from the injection sites
- Swelling and bruising
- Redness and tenderness at the site of the injection
In very rare cases lip fillers can induce more serious side effects, including:
- Severe and prolonged swelling or bruising lasting between 7 and 10 days
- Lip asymmetry (parts of lips are different sizes)
- Lumps and irregularities in the lips
- Infection around the treated area
- Ulceration, scarring, or stiffening of the lip
- Allergic reaction causing redness, swelling, or itching around the lips
Lip fillers cost
The cost of lip filler treatments varies depending on the area you have treated and the type of filler you opt for.
At Skin HD, the price list for lip fillers is as follows:
Subtle enhancement - £125
Lip line / perioral lines - £185
Full enhancement 1 - £225
Full enhancement 2 - £350