Lip fillers have surged in popularity over recent years and with that has come a fair share of cautionary tales. Suffice to say that the fear of having a ‘botch job’ is enough to put anyone off, but as with any treatment, doing your research and making sure that your lip injections are carried out by a qualified professional – preferably a qualified doctor or nurse – will ensure that you are satisfied with the results.
What does a lip filler treatment involve and is it painful?
The lip filler treatment involves having a series of small injections in strategic places in your lips. The treatment itself can take as little as 15 minutes, which is why it is sometimes referred to as a ‘lunch time treatment’. As your lips are sensitive, having this procedure done without any numbing agents would be painful. However, your practitioner will numb the area before treatment – the best method for this is a topical anaesthetic cream, which allows for natural movement of the lips. During the procedure, you’ll feel slight pressure and a dull throb, but it should not be overly painful.
Should you choose permanent or temporary lip fillers?
There are a number of options available to you and while it may be tempting to go for ‘permanent’ or ‘semi permanent’ lip fillers, we would advise against this option because little can be done to correct them if you are not completely satisfied with the results. The results of ‘temporary’ lip fillers are long enough to make them a viable option – most people have fuller looking lips for 6-9 months before needing a top-up.
What are lip fillers made of?
The solution that is injected into your lips will consist of hyaluronic acid. This is a sugar derivative that is naturally occurring in your body and is produced to repair tissue damage. The hyaluronic acid will fill out your lips, giving them a larger and more volumnous appearance. It’s possible to get much more natural looking results with hyaluronic acid fillers. Having lip fillers with hyaluronic acid can also help improve the moisture levels of your lips, which is especially useful if you are prone to dry, chapped lips.
What are the risks and side effects?
As with all medical procedures, there are a number of risks involved with lip fillers. The best way to minimise these is to fully research the clinic you attend and make sure that the procedure is carried out by a qualified professional, preferably a doctor or a nurse. Any injectable treatment carries the risk of infection, bruising and bleeding. It is also possible that you may have an allergic reaction to the fillers, so make sure you provide the practitioner with any information that could be relevant.
What will the results look like?
This entirely depends on what look you are trying to achieve. If you have very small lips, it is likely that a professional treatment provider would advise against trying to go too large on the first go, as this could lead to small lumps and bumps in your lips. If you want to change the shape of your lips, you should discuss this with your practitioner, who will be able to advise on what they believe will give the best looking results.