Our lip enhancement procedure is our most common and popular area treated with dermal filler.
The lips are very durable and easy to manipulate with dermal fillers which make it possible to enhance the volume and balance out asymmetry.
We only use temporary dermal fillers product which lasts between 3 – 12 month.
Dermal fillers are gradually broken down within the body or can be broken down using the enzyme hyalase, if needed in a medical situation or if the client no longer wanted the dermal filler.
Our fillers come in a range of different consistencies from fine ‘watery’ like textures, suitable for subtle volume, to thicker gel-like substances used for fuller or firmer augmentation’s.
We offer 0.5ml or 1ml syringes for those who wish to enhance their lips. This can be changed on the day of the treatment after the technician has seen your lips and discussed with the client their desired outcome.
The technician can create subtle volume and restoration for a natural hydrated lip, suitable for those with little natural lip tissue or for more mature clients. It is possible to use a higher consistency of HA filler to create a fuller, plumper looking lip enhancement.
All clients will fill out a medical history form, client consent form and data consent form prior to treatment. The technician will then discuss the clients desired look and concerns, take before and after photos and will provide aftercare advice verbally and written.
MARIONETTE AND NASALBIAL FOLD CORRECTION
Nasolabial folds appear as the ageing process starts to take place, as gravity takes to hold the fat pads of the cheeks slowly move vertically down the cheeks, creating the nasolabial and marionette folds.
Some clients may naturally inherit a deeper nasolabial fold through family genetics.
We offer dermal fillers to reduce the appearance of fine, soft lines for the nasolabial fold, which run from the nose to the corners of the mouth. The treatment can be an effective, non-invasive way to plump out the lines, leaving them softer and in turn creating a more youthful appearance.
Some clients who appear to have a heavy nasolabial fold, may not be suitable for treatment
Q&A FILLER TREATMENT
Do I need a consultation?
We offer consultation on the day of the treatment where the clinician and the client will go through a medical form, client consent and discuss risks, concerns and aftercare before going on to the treatment. If clients wish to have a separate consultation this can be arranged.
How long does the procedure take?
We do book 30 min an appointment slot, an injection takes around 8 -15 minutes to complete a lip enhancement.
I am not sure how many ml should I have?
Whether you book in for 0.5ml or 1ml the technician will discuss options on the day to help advise which is best suited for the client. Bear in mind 0.5ml is usually only required for people with existing dermal filler who wish to have a 'top-up' or for suitable for those that have very little lip tissue and cannot gracefully stretch to 1ml, or for more mature clients who wish for a very slight enhancement to the lip. Almost every client will have 1ml on their first time, as this is a good base to being with. We usually recommend 0.5ml to clients that have already had 1 – 2 mL and just require a slight ‘top-up’ to get their lips back to fullness they had when they first had the treatment.
Will I swell and bruise?
This differs from client to client. We advise clients to take arnica tablets and anti-histamine on the lead up to their appointment to help reduce or ease the possibility of bruising and swelling. In some cases, clients may have extreme swelling which generally subsides within 24 hours and bruising may take between 2 - 10 days to reduce. Typically people will be 10-30% more swollen on the day of the treatment, this will usually subside within 24 hours. The area will feel tender and small bruising can appear on the lip from the incision holes. On some occasions clients may get bruising around the lips, this may be caused if a blood vessel is torn when performing the injection, this is nothing to worry about and is a very small risk. Typically it’s the morning after that your lips will feel the most swollen.
I am not good with needles or pain! What can you do?
We advise clients to take the time to allow themselves to relax, by taking deep breaths. We take the time to ensure clients are ok, by consistently checking in on them and stopping for a breath if needed. We do our best to make you feel as comfortable as possible during the treatment. Topical numbing cream can be applied to the area to reduce discomfort, we advise clients to purchase their own numbing agent prior to the treatment.
How often can I have my lips filled?
We advise waiting at least 1 month before adding more filler to the area. It differs on person to person dependant on how much tissue they have naturally, as to how much filler is suitable for them without creating an unnatural looking lip enhancement. Your technician will advise how much filler and when you can have more filler on your treatment date.
How long does it last?
Fillers last between 3-12 months, sometimes longer. It varies for each individual. Things that may reduce the longevity of the filler are; regular intense exercising, dehydration, fast metabolisms and excessive sun exposure.
Can I share or split my syringe with a friend or take it home?
No, we only use 1 syringe per client due to hygiene issues, any remaining filler that is not used is discarded due to contamination risk and arranged to be collected by our sharps management company.
Can I fly after I have had treatment?
We recommend booking your treatment 1 week prior to flying to allow for any swelling and bruising to reduce and to ensure that there are no medical complications.
What can I do to reduce downtime?
We advise clients to visit their local pharmacy for arnica tablets and antihistamine. Taking these one week prior to treatment may help to reduce bruising and swelling post-treatment. We also advise avoiding heat on the lips such as hot tea or coffee touching the lips and propping yourself up slightly in bed. We also advise clients to drink lots of water prior to treatment.
Are your products cruelty-free?
We offer Revolax dermal filler which is vegan.
Do you use cannula?
We do offer a cannula technique for lips depending on the desired look.
What are the serious risks?
Swelling, redness, tenderness and bruising to the area are normal post-procedure and can take up to 1- 2 weeks to fully settle. Vessel occlusions or compression is when the filler blocks or compresses the blood flow to the lips, if not treated quickly enough this can lead to necrosis of the tissue, frontally this is a very rare complication, especially in the lips as they are very durable with good blood supply. We are trained to use hyalase which when injected, breaks down the filler instantly which will return the blood flow. We will discuss these complications and what to look out for on your consultation.
How do I know a vascular occlusion is taking place?
Vessel occlusions are extremely rare but can happen to anyone and with any injector. Your technician is consistently looking for signs of vessel compression when performing the treatment by analysing the colour of the skin and performing a capillary refill check. Compressions show themselves as white or grey areas when the blood flow is constricted or blocked. The technician uses heat and massage to help manipulate the filler to aid blood flow in the area. We advise the client to take aspirin to further help dilate the blood vessels. If this technique has no effect then a patch test for hyalase injections take place and then injected to flush the area, this product breaks down dermal filler instantly and works for up to 24 hours. Your technician will be in close contact with you at this time and a resist will be necessary to examine the area.
What happens if I have a problem out of hours?
If you are experiencing an adverse reaction to dermal filler it is important to contact your clinician via email or phone. If this is happening out of hours when the clinic is closed it is important to take the initiative to contact an out of hours Doctor or Hospital to be checked over. No matter what clinic or what technician you use it is important to seek medical help if you cannot contact your technician.
Am I suitable for nasolabial fold correction?
We can treat clients who have soft or fine nasolabial folds. This treatment is not suitable for those that have a heavier fold to the skin.
Will I Need To Take The Next Day Off Work?
We don’t think it is necessary for people to be too concerned about swelling as it usually fairly minimal and goes down with 24 hours. However, each client is different and we cannot guarantee how much they will swell. I would advise that clients allow a week prior to a major event ( weddings, birthdays etc ) as it is possible you may have bruising. Most of our clients continue to work the next day without much discomfort or swelling.
What Happens If I don’t like It?
If you don’t like the result of the Lip Enhancement treatment we offer a dissolving treatment which is injected into the area’s and breaks down the filler. This will be at the cost of the client.
Once You Start Do You Have To Keep It Up?
No. Filler dissolves slowly over a long period of time. The lips are very stretchy and durable and won’t be left looking ‘Baggy’ or overstretched. They will eventually return to their original size.
IMPORTANT PRE -TREATMENT INSTRUCTION
Before your Dermal Filler treatment is recommended to avoid dental work for up to at least 2 weeks prior to treatment and one month after the treatment.
Please avoid blood thinning medication for 7 days before treatment, if you have cardiovascular history please consult your Doctor before stopping the use of Aspirin.
Avoid any aggressive facial treatments including AHA peels, Alpha Hydroxy Acid and avoid waxing, tweezing or hair removal cream on the area, 3 days before treatment.
If you are a sufferer of Perioral Herpes (cold sores) it is advised you seek advice on antiviral treatment.
Avoid alcohol 24 hours prior to treatment as it can heighten the chances of bruising and swelling.
IMPORTANT POST -TREATMENT INSTRUCTION
The following guidelines are recommended during the 24 / 48 hr post-treatment period:
- Keep the area cool with a cold compress, but don't apply ice which can cause injury.
- Avoid using active products containing AHA (Alpha HydroxyAcids/Glycolics), BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acids), or Retinoid gels or creams during the first 24 hours as these may inflame the area.
- Delay using make-up in the treated area until the next day.
- Avoid drinking alcohol
- Avoid exercise and extremes of hot and cold. Drink water regularly throughout the day
- Avoid spicy and hot foods that may irritate the lips and prolong swelling
- Avoid blood-thinning medicines such as Aspirin.
- Should you see or feel any lumps gently massage your lips with clean hands as instructed by the Technician once the swelling has subsided.
- Do not have facials, facial waxing, Glycolic peel or AHA peels, Liquid Nitrogen (dry ice) or laser treatment 10-14 days after the treatment.
- Occasionally injections into the lips can activate cold sores in those prone to this happening. A cold sore ointment is available over the countering pharmacy and should be used at the first sign of an outbreak. Cold Sore tablets can be taken before the treatment as a preventative measure.
DO NOT USE DERMAL FILLER IF YOU ARE PREGNANT OR BREAST FEEDING.
- If swelling, puffiness, lumpiness does not fade in the first week with a gentle massage
- The filler change structure and become hard, nodular or lumpy, especially if there is redness or tenderness after 48hr.
If you develop increasing pain near or above the site of injection which getting worse over the time, especially if associated with a pale area of skin indicating a lack of blood flow you should contact us straight away or seek for emergency advise.