Seven Things to Know About Lip Fillers

Full, pouting lips have never been more popular. With the influence of celebrities like Kylie Jenner, many people are turning to cosmetic fillers to achieve those sought-after voluminous lips. Flawless Rejuvenation in Melbourne offers quality lip filler treatments performed by trained experts to help many people achieve their desired look.

If you are thinking about having lip injections to enhance the volume or shape of your lips, there are a few things you should consider beforehand. Here are seven things to know about lip fillers:

1. Lip fillers are not permanent

Before you get lip fillers, it’s important to consider how long they will last so that you know what to expect. Lip fillers are made from a type of temporary dermal filler called hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a naturally found substance in the joints and eyes. HA is a humectant (a substance that retains moisture), which makes it ideal for creating soft and genuine-looking lip enhancements.

The chemical makeup of the substance also means that over time, the body naturally absorbs it. How long your filler lasts can depend on how quickly your body metabolises the substance, but it usually lasts from six months up to a year. Due to the temporary nature of fillers, patients often choose to have top-up treatments. The amount of time between treatments can vary, must most patients have top-up treatments every 10 to 18 months.

2. Different filler can have different effects

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is one of the most common substances in lip fillers. It occurs naturally in our bodies, binding to water in order to keep our joints and other connective tissue healthy. It is also fairly resistant to lumps and bumps.

Clinicians use different types of HA filler to create different effects. For example, we use thicker fillers for people who want more volume, while thinner ones are used for people who want a more subtle lip enhancement. Ultimately, the filler used for your lips will depend on your personal goals, along with guidance from your doctor.

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3. Always seek a qualified professional

Before having any filler treatment, it’s vital to do your research and make sure you are dealing with a professional. The lips are a delicate and prominent feature of the face. As a result, any slight change can have a big impact on your overall look. A professional will ensure that you get the right care before, during, and after your procedure so that you can be confident in your final outcome. Additionally, a qualified clinician will be able to advise the best options for you according to your natural facial features. Not every person will benefit from the same type or amount of lip filler. As a result, it can be helpful to get a medical expert’s opinion on which options are best to achieve the look you want.

4. Lip fillers have many benefits

Although lip fillers are often associated with the dramatic “pouty” look, they can achieve different effects depending on your goals. Often, people seek lip fillers to achieve a subtle change and enhance their natural beauty. Depending on your natural lip shape and desired outcomes, lip fillers can:

  • Reduce the signs of ageing, such as vertical lines on the top lip
  • Restore volume that has been lost over time
  • Plump and volumise naturally slim lips
  • Redefine the borders of the lips
  • Improve the ratio between the top and bottom lip
  • Achieve a more ideal lip shape and fill out a thin smile

Before your procedure, it’s a good idea to have a clear idea about what you want. If you are unsure how you can benefit from lip fillers, a conversation with one of our experts can help.

5. You will need anaesthetic

Since lip injections only target a small area, most patients do not need a numbing injection. Rather, right before the treatment, your clinician will apply a topical anaesthetic cream in order to prevent any pain. This is a necessary step, as it helps give patients a comfortable experience. You can then sit back and relax while your clinician begins creating your beautifully enhanced lip look.

There are other things you can do beforehand to optimise your experience. For example, it’s a good idea to refrain from smoking for several weeks. You should also avoid alcohol and caffeine 24 hours before the procedure. This will optimise your body’s ability to heal afterwards.

6. Aftercare is minimal

After lip injections, most people can go straight back to their normal routines. You can apply ice gently to help reduce the swelling, but be careful not to press to hard. In order to avoid further swelling and irritation, you should avoid wearing lipsticks and other lip products. You should also avoid activities that increase blood flow to the face, especially on the day of treatment. This can include exercise and treatments like massages and facials.

7. Mild side effects depend on the person

Although aftercare is minimal, you may have some visible side effects after treatment. This means it’s probably not a good idea to plan for attending social events straight afterwards. Allow at least five days for the swelling to go down.

When you first have lip injections, your lips will probably be red and swollen. This means they will appear bigger than expected and won’t reflect how they will eventually look. Your exact side effects will depend on your general health, how well your body responds to the treatment, as well as the amount of filler injected. For most patients, the swelling and bruising will subside within a week. You may have a follow-up consult to make sure that your lips are healing properly and there are no issues.

At Flawless Rejuvenation in Melbourne, our expert clinicians are dedicated to giving patients the highest quality care through the entire treatment process. We tailor each treatment to the patient to ensure the best possible results and overall experience. You can book a personal consultation to find out more about how our clinic can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.