With celebrity pouts becoming the norm, an increasing number of women are opting to plump up their lips with lip fillers. If you’re thinking of boosting your pout with an injectable, here’s our quick guide to dermal fillers.
Lip fillers are made of either collagen or hyaluronic acid which, when injected into the lips, add temporary volume and definition. Whether you choose a filler to provide all-over volume or for subtle enhancement, it usually lasts about three to twelve months, with most people needing top-ups at the four to six-month mark.
This very much depends on the results you want, i.e. are you looking for a subtle enhancement or full, plump lips? To obtain your desired result, it may take one or more sessions, which will also affect the cost, as the filler is normally priced per ml injected.
The level of pain experienced during lip augmentation is determined by the practitioner who carries out the procedure, combined with your pain threshold. Many fillers contain a numbing agent that does help, although practitioners usually offer numbing gels or sometimes dental blocks to reduce the pain. Many women say that it’s the numbing injection that hurts the most, while the filler just feels like a pricking sensation, followed by a feeling of pressure as the filler travels through the lips.
The procedure itself should take less than an hour. Your practitioner will clean your lip area and apply the numbing agent, which may take up to 20 minutes to take effect. Once you’re comfortably numb, the injections themselves usually take between 15 and 20 minutes.
You will see an immediate increase in volume, but there will also be some swelling and possibly bruising too. Within 24 hours the swelling should have reduced to reveal the final result. You may also notice some small bumps under your lips shortly afterwards although these should disappear within a week or so, and you will be advised not to touch your lips or exercise for a couple of days following the procedure.
During your consultation, the practitioner should review your medical history before discussing the effect you’d like to achieve. Always ask about the practitioner’s experience and how often they carry out the lip augmentation procedure. Listen to how confidently and easily they talk about injecting fillers and whether they give practical advice about preparation and aftercare. You may also want to ask to see ‘before-and-after’ photos of their work.
Before you undergo the needle, it’s important to do your own research. Checkout Juvéderm and Restylane’s websites, read reviews, and always ensure that the person carrying out the procedure is fully qualified and experienced. By taking time to understand the lip augmentation procedure and find a reputable practitioner, you’re more likely to achieve the results you want, and minimise the chance of unwanted side-effects.