Dermal fillers are popular non-surgical treatments for enhancing lips, producing a natural, fuller and more youthful appearance. Whether it is to add volume or improve your lip define lip structure, patients can choose how much lip volumisation they want, working together to get the desired look. Please do not be scared of ‘done’ lips that may pass you in the high street - I believe it is important to produce, naturally beautiful results, and would rather we took a cautious approach over a few sessions if you are cautious about the outcome.
I prefer to use a cannula for most lip enhancement, meaning the entire procedure is done through only two needle pricks. This generally does not require local anaesthetic cream or a block. Some work, such as defining the lip edge, does require a traditional needle for which you will be offered a numbing cream. The procedure usually takes around ten minutes once we are set up and ready to go. It is common to have some swelling and redness after the treatment but this usually resolves after a few hours, and the results can be seen immediately. Expect some swelling the following day as the filler absorbs water, and for this to resolve over the following few days.
The treatment should last for around 6-12 months. I monitor your progress and advise you should return to the clinic after a couple of weeks to see how you are getting on and if you need to have some more filler injected to achieve the best result. My preference is for temporary hyaluronic acid filler (Juvederm).
Ask about your practitioner’s follow-up and top-up policy, the type of filler used and the reason for that choice. Most people prefer to make cautious subtle changes and top up if necessary, than to have an excessive result which they could be unhappy with.
Anaesthetic: Topical or none
Treatment time: 10-20 Minutes
Hospital Stay: Clinic visit only
Reasonably Mobile: Immediately
Washing: Rub gently, but otherwise unrestricted.
Exercise: Next day
Full Recovery: Immediate
Time Off Work: None
Analgesia (pain relief) – none is usually needed.
You are advised to sleep on your back and to avoid vigorous exercise for the rest of the day.
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