What are dermal fillers?
These are clear hyaluronic acid gels which closely mimic the natural hyaluronic acid in our skin. When we age, our skin looses natural hyaluronic acid, which is the main reason the skin becomes dry and decreases in volume. Other factors, such as gravity, hormonal changes, sun exposure, environmental stress (including smoking), lead to folds, sagginess and wrinkle formation.
As our skin ages, the facial youthful contours of cheeks and lips diminish. Replenishing hyaluronic acid recreates a more youthful appearance. The dermal fillers are injected just beneath the surface of the skin and are one of the most popular treatments for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid volumises, softens and hydrates the skin. It also aids collagen and elastin organisation underneath the skin, which gives the skin a more youthful appearance.
How soon will I notice results?
You will notice the difference immediately.
How long do dermal fillers last?
Dermal fillers are not permanent and will break down over time (approximately nine to twelve months, depending on the area treated), so further treatment may be required to maintain a natural, understated appearance.
Is there any downtime?
Treatment usually takes approximately 30 minutes. There is little or no downtime and you can resume normal activities right away. Being a natural substance found in the body, hyaluronic acid based fillers are extremely unlikely to produce an allergic reaction.
Will the injections hurt?
Most dermal fillers contain a local anaesthetic. You should feel merely a light sting on your skin during the injection procedure.
Are there any side effects?
You may experience temporary tenderness, redness, swelling or, in rare cases, bruising. Any redness usually settles within hours, swelling and most bruising in a few days. Other rare side effects include granulomas and, very rarely, damage to blood vessels that can lead to tissue damage.
Lips are an important part of facial beauty and many people regard fuller lips as desirable. These can be created using material naturally found in the body. A simple, safe, temporary dermal filler treatment can add volume and definition, which can enhance small, thin lips.
The procedure can also balance out asymmetrical lips or reduce the appearance of fine, vertical lines, often known as ‘lipstick lines’.
Lip enhancement can be performed at many areas of the lips:
- Vermillion border of lip outline- for creating definition, width and improve lipstick bleeding lines
- Lip augmentation targeting the fleshy part of the upper and lower lip for volume, pout and fullness
- Cupid’s bow definition- adds definition and contouring
- Oral commissures or lines going down from the sides of the mouth for a younger, happier look
- Marionette lines (sad lines from corner of lips downwards)
- Philtrum ridges that go from upper lip towards the nose can be made more defined
- Perioral lines or fine vertical lines on the upper lip, often due to smoking, can be reduced
What does the procedure involve?
Prior to treatment, topical anaesthetic will be applied to make the area numb. Dermal filler is injected at precise locations into your lips and is then massaged to smooth the product.
Avoid touching or applying make-up on the treated area for six hours to prevent infection. The results are immediate and last from six to twelve months. As the results are relatively temporary, adjustments can be made as your face changes over time so that you can always retain a natural look.