Your complete guide to lip filler, including injection options, potential risks, and pricing
If you are bothered or concerned about thin or thinning lips, lip fillers are a good solution for you. This non-surgical cosmetic procedure can restore lost lip volume and add plumpness while maintaining a natural appearance. Lip fillers have risen hugely in popularity over the last few years, with over 40,000 people in the UK searching online for clinics providing this procedure in 2021. This rise is largely influenced by social media and celebrity endorsements. But, as with any cosmetic enhancement, lip fillers should be carefully researched before you commit to the procedure to ensure you get the best results and are not put at any risk. If you are considering lip fillers, read on to explore a complete guide on lip enhancement injections including injection options, potential risks, and pricing.
What are lip fillers?
Lip fillers are injectable dermal fillers composed of naturally occurring substances found in the skin, such as hyaluronic acid. This procedure aims to plump the lips and give them a more balanced appearance. These fillers are not permanent and will dissolve over time, meaning you have more flexibility over the results and the choice to return to your natural lip shape if you dislike the results of your filler. There are several different types of fillers, and they can be injected at various sites of the mouth. The area and amount will depend on your personal desired look.
What happens during lip filler treatment?
Lip filler treatments are quick and minimally invasive, providing you with impressive results. The treatment takes approximately 30–45 minutes to perform, with no need for general anaesthesia. You may feel slight discomfort from the injection, but overall, the treatment is painless to experience. Before treatment, your doctor or qualified nurse will apply numbing cream if needed to ensure that you are feeling completely comfortable throughout.
What should you avoid before getting lip fillers?
About a week before having lip filler injections, you should avoid taking aspirin (of course, speak to your GP or practitioner if you are taking any medication that contains aspirin), ibuprofen, vitamin E, and fish oil supplements, as these are blood thinners, which might cause you to bruise or bleed more than usual. It is also advised that you do not drink alcohol the night before your procedure, as this can also lead to bleeding and bruising.
What should you avoid after having lip fillers?
After getting lip fillers, tenderness, swelling, or redness will be normal and will subside after a few days. However, it is advised that you take some precautions after the procedure to ensure you don’t prolong your healing process or cause infection. It is recommended that you avoid extreme temperatures from saunas, or sun exposure, and avoid using makeup on the treated area for at least 12 hours. In addition to this, it is also advised that you avoid any strenuous exercise and alcohol consumption for 24 hours.
How long do lip fillers last?
Dermal lip fillers generally last around 6–10 months. But this depends on how long it takes for your body to metabolise the hyaluronic acid. For some people, this will be less than 6 months; for others, it will last longer.
What are the benefits of lip fillers?
Lip fillers can address a variety of aesthetic concerns related to the shape and size of your lips. This quick and minimally invasive lip enhancement treatment can:
- Increase the volume of your lips for a fuller aesthetic
- Addressing facial volume loss from decreased collagen production
- Rectify loose, sagging skin on or around the lips
- Target unsightly fine lines and wrinkles
- Rejuvenate and correct drooping corners
- Redefine your lips for a plumper, younger-looking pout
What are the risks of lip fillers?
The risks of lip fillers depend on whether the procedure was done correctly and by a professional and the type of filler used. Although rare, this procedure can have some serious risks, which include:
- A lumpy appearance under the skin, which might need to be treated with surgery or medicine
- The filler migrating from the intended treatment area, which may need to be removed using surgery
- Blocked blood vessels in the face, which can cause tissue death and permanent blindness
To avoid these risks, it is important you follow the before and aftercare recommendations and get the procedure done by a reputable medical practitioner who is licenced to inject dermal fillers.
How can you tell if a lip filler clinic is safe?
Having dermal fillers is usually safe if it's done by an experienced and suitably qualified practitioner. Check that the person doing your dermal fillers is on a register to show they meet set standards in training, skill, and insurance. Other things you can research to ensure the practitioners and clinics you are considering are safe include:
- Reading their reviews from previous clients
- Checking an accredited register to see if the clinic you're interested in is regulated
- Checking that the prices are standard compared to other clinics (If the prices are much cheaper than other clinics or have promotional ‘freebies’ included, it is usually because they are using a cheaper injection fluid—avoid these places)
- Scheduling a consultation to become acquainted with the clinic and practitioner
How often should you get lip filler top-ups?
After your lip filler procedure, you should see results instantly. Because hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the skin, these fillers will dissolve over time. Therefore, to maintain the results of your treatment, it is advised you go for top-up fillers every 4-6 months.
Safe and trusted lip fillers by EF MEDISPA
When considering lip fillers, it is very important that you feel certain and are wholly confident about your choice of clinic and practitioner. At EF MEDISPA, we can help you experience lip enhancement in our safe and welcoming environment. Our main priority is your safety and your comfort, as well as your peace of mind from expert treatment. We only employ highly experienced, expert doctors to perform lip injection treatments at our clinics. This helps us provide patients with the best lip filler results.
From the initial consultation and meeting with your designated doctor, right up until your next top-up appointment, our team of medical professionals are here to support you. We’ll answer any questions or queries you may have whilst monitoring your results and your progress with your brand-new lip fillers. We hold regular review appointments with you to make sure you are on track and achieving the look you desire. The whole team here at EF MEDISPA are fully committed to achieving the very best and most natural-looking results. Book a consultation with us today.