Dermal filler for luscious, lovely lips.
Taking good care of our lips is important because they are one of the main focal points on our face. We communicate emotions and expressions through a combination of lip and eye movements.
Whether your lips are naturally thin or already full, good lip care is essential for maintaining the perfect pout. The lips don't have as much natural protection as other parts of our skin. Lip moisturisers and balms act as a barrier to the harsh, drying effects of the wind.
As time goes by, we may notice changes in the shape of our lips. With age, they may begin to lose their fullness. Our lips may appear thinner and elongated, leaving them less-defined. We may also notice the appearance and deepening of vertical lip lines around the border of the mouth. These lines are commonly known as 'smoker's lines' and develop over a number of years through the repeated pursing of the lips, such as when you smoke or suck on a straw. (Find out how your lips compare from 20s to your 50s). It is common for these changes to cause concern. However, we must remember that they are completely natural.
It looks like luscious lips are here to stay, so be bold, embrace colour and pucker up!
Procedure Time | 45 minutes
Frequently asked questions
How long do they last?
Dermal filling gels will last for over one year in fine lines, two years in acne scars, 12 months in the lip borders and three to five months in the pink areas of the lip. The thicker versions available last approximately 14 to 16 months in the lip borders, eight to 10 months in the pink part of the lips, 18-24 months in the deeper folds and over two years in acne scars. Dermal fillers should not be used on or near sites of active skin disease or infection, and must be administered by or under the supervision of a nurse or doctor specifically trained in its use. The area treated should not be exposed to extreme heat (e.g. solarium or sunbathing) or extreme cold until the initial swelling and redness has resolved. Drinking alcohol or exercising on the day of treatment is ill-advised.
How is the treatment administered?
It is a simple procedure which is carried out in the clinic. A fine disposable sterile needle is used to inject the gel. Treatment usually takes about 30 minutes. Lip treatments are almost painless due to a local anaesthetic block. For other areas, you may have a local anaesthetic injection or cream to minimise discomfort (in which case you may be asked to arrive 20 minutes early to allow time for numbing cream to take effect). After your first treatment, you may want to beseen again in two to three weeks to assess your results and possibly put final touches on the treatment. For wrinkles, you should think of it as a two-part process, with the final touches being performed at the review appointment (often, 20 percent more improvement can be achieved at this time).
What are the side effects?
Dermal fillers will not stretch your skin out of its natural shape. After the treatment, some common injection-related reactions may occur, such as redness (12-24 hours) and puffiness (12-36 hours). Fine-skinned and fair-skinned patients may see a greyish line through the skin at the implant site, especially if the skin is stretched. Bruising can occur, but make-up can easily mask this. Pimples and small blisters tend to only occur in one in 25 cases, whilst lumpiness is very rare. Lumps can be massaged to reduce their size. Cold sores can also arise, especially if the patient is susceptible to them. Allergic reactions are extremely rare, occurring in a mere one in 2,000 patients. Patients who have an allergic reaction tend to experience swelling and firmness at the implant site, which sometimes affects the surrounding tissues. Redness, tenderness and on rare occasions acne-form papules or blisters may also occur. These symptoms tend to be mild to moderate and on average last two weeks. Treatments are available to deal with extreme cases.