Restore or add volume and plumpness to the lips.
What is a Lip Enhancement?
Lips are an important part of facial beauty, whether it is a friendly smile, a kiss or change of expression your lips always draw attention to themselves. As part of the natural ageing process lips start to lose fullness and definition, other changes that also appear include the development of vertical lip lines. Fuller lips and well defined boarders are widely considered to be more attractive and identified with both youth and beauty. The most common type of lip enhancement usually involves adding fullness, balance, body and definition.
A dermal filler is most commonly used to enhance and restore volume loss to the lips. This is a manufactured form of Hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring sugar chain molecule found within the skin. Following a process of fermentation and cross linking with proteins a clear sterile gel is produced ready for injection into the skin. At Staffordshire Skin and Laser Clinic we only used the highest quality, leading brands such as Restylane and Juvéderm.
How long until full results are seen?
Duration of results
topical anaesthetic cream
You’ve probably got some questions, but before you get in touch, we’ve answered the most common ones.
At Staffordshire Skin and Laser Clinic, we know that your lips are one of your most important assets. That’s why we give them the attention they deserve, whilst keeping the results looking natural and not over enhanced. When you come in for a consultation, we’ll do a full medical assessment to make sure there are no contraindications to treatment, your safety is our number one priority. We will do a full holistic assessment of your concerns, goals and treatment expectations and determine if it’s a lip rejuvenation or lip augmentation you require. We look at factors such as lip volume and definition, asymmetry, lip function, proportion of lips to other facial features, including the nose chin and jaw as part of your facial profile, as well vertical lip lines and other concerns you may have in the area. A dermal filler may be advised in combination with other treatments for optimal results. During your consultation we will discuss the benefits, potential side effects, risks, treatment alternatives and answer any questions you may have. Following your consultation we will provide you treatment information and a quote.
How does it work?
Hyaluronic Acid is a water loving molecule, this means that once injected into the lips it will attract and bind water to the skin providing volume, hydration and an immediate correction. Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers also act as a scaffolding under the lip structures supporting collagen and elastin fibres giving that much needed strength, support and volume back to the lips.
• Minimally invasive
• Natural looking results
• Minimal downtime
• Immediate improvement
• Creates volume, definition and plumpness
• Adds structure and shape to thin lips
• Can balance asymmetry
• Can improve facial profile
• Targets vertical lip lines, and restores volume loss with age
• Improve skin quality and hydration
• Boost confidence and self esteem
Is used to treat
Dermal fillers for the lip can be used to enhance or restore lost volume, they can help to define the lip boards and soften lines around the mouth helping to improve the appearance of vertical lip lines. Dermal filler around the lips can also help to lift the mouth corners if they appear turned down.
Treatment safety and side effects
Firstly you are in safe hands by visiting our Save Face accredited centre of excellence. Treatment with a temporary dermal filler is considered incredibly safe when administered by a qualified practitioner using a reputable product. A dermal filler is very safe to be injected into the lips as it is made up from Hyaluronic acid (HA). This resembles our own HA meaning our skin accepts it as part of our own natural skin protein. Only FDA approved dermal fillers will be used during your treatment. Like all cosmetic treatments there is a chance of side effects. Following your treatment you may experience some mild side effects such as redness, swelling or bruising, but these will resolve very quickly. During your consultation with our nurse prescriber she will discuss all the risks and benefits associated to treatment.
How many treatments will I need and how frequently?
Initial treatment then a follow up at 2- 4 weeks to review. Further treatment can be administered if your desired result has not been achieved.
When will I see results?
Immediately – but bare in mind there will be some initial swelling – best results are seen up to 4 weeks after treatment as the dermal filler has hydrate, softened and swelling gone.
Am I suitable for treatment?
Prior to any treatment at Staffordshire Skin & Laser Clinic a full medical consultation and assessment will be carried out to ensure there are no treatment contraindications as your safety is our priority. Although treatment is safe for most people there are main contraindications that will make you unsuitable for treatment. These include
• Pregnancy or breast-feeding,
• Cancer and or autoimmune diseases, exacerbation of chronic diseases, haemophilia
• Skin infections, cold sores, skin inflammation in the treatment area
• History of keloid scarring
• History of treatment with a permanent dermal filler
• Allergy to any of the dermal filler components
• Recent laser or chemical peel treatments.
If you have pervious lip dermal filler that is lumpy or not aesthetically pleasing you will be advised to have this dissolved 2 weeks prior to your lip enhancement procedure.
How does treatment feel?
Treatment should not feel to uncomfortable. A topical aesthetic cream is applied to the area prior to treatment and ice can also be used to numb the skin. Many of the dermal fillers we use in practice also contain a local aesthetic which aids to the comfort of the procedure.
How long will the results last?
Treatment results will last around 6-9 months on average, however this will be dependent on the type of product and the amount used. If you like the aesthetic results then further treatment can be administered before the product wears off completely to help you to maintain the desired look. Alternatively if you choose not to continue with treatment your lips will return to their pre-treatment state over time.
Pre treatment guidelines
One of the main concerns with dermal filler treatment is the risk of bruising and swelling. Here are a few pre-treatment tips to help minimise these reactions:
- 1 week prior to treatment avoid over the counter blood thinning medications aspirin and NSAI’s such as ibuprofen. Do not discontinue any prescribed blood thinning medication without consulting your GP
- For 1 week prior to treatment avoid omega supplements/fish oils, St John’s Wort, Gingko biloba, Vitamin E, ginseng and primrose oil supplements.
- 5 Days prior to treatment start taking Arnica supplements as this herbal remedy can reduce swelling and speed up recovery time.
- For 2 days prior to treatment avoid any products that may cause skin sensitivity such as Tretinoin/Retinols/ Glycolic acid or topical prescriptions
- Avoid alcohol for 24 hours prior to treatment
- If you are prone to cold sores start using acyclovir topically 2 days before treatment, especially for lip enhancement procedures
What to expect during treatment
Prior to treatment you will have the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have, and once completely satisfied this is the right treatment for you a consent form will be signed. All make up will be removed and the skin cleaned. Photographs of the treatment area are taken to enable us to review the effectiveness of treatment. If there are any active skin infections, cold sores or you are generally unwell treatment will not be administered and will be rescheduled for a later date. If you feel that you need to discuss any illnesses or medications we ask you to contact the clinic prior to your appointment.
What to expect after treatment?
You will see an instant increase in volume to the lip area. Immediately post treatment there may be some swelling, redness or bruising, which may become more apparent over the next 24-48 hours. This may further enhance the volume of the lips, however will soon settle. Post treatment you are still able to carry on with normal activities An ice pack will also be offered post treatment to reduce any immediate swelling. During the first couple of weeks you may feel a firmness under the skin where the product has been injected, however this should not be visible to see, this will settle over the following 2-4 weeks and then your skin should feel back to its normal self.
Post treatment advice
Following dermal filler treatment the lips may feel firm and tender, this is normal and you don’t not need to massage and manipulate, it is important that you let this settle naturally over the next couple of weeks. Avoid excessive alcohol, strenuous exercise, sunbeds, saunas, steam rooms and extremes of cold or heat for 2 weeks post treatment to allow for an inflammation to settle. Avoid make up for 12 hours post procedure. Avoid using your retinol or AHA products for 24 hours. An Ice pack and cold compresses can be beneficial for reducing swelling. Arnica cream can be helpful in reducing bruising if this occurs. Over the counter medications to reduce swelling include ibuprofen and anti-histamines can also be beneficial if able to take, however these are not normally required. Don’t forget to stay hydrated and wear your SPF daily. A review appointment is always scheduled 4 weeks post treatment to ensure you are happy with your results and have no concerns.
From £180-£250 per syringe. Discounts and packages are available on multiple syringes. Monthly instalment pre payment plans available with GoCardless. A £25 booking fee is required to secure your consultation/appointment. This is redeemable against any treatments or products purchased within 6 months.