Lips are defined by their balance, symmetry and volume. Lip enhancement or lip augmentation is a procedure that uses dermal filler to achieve fuller and plumper lips. Lip filler results are temporary and can be used to achieve various sizes and shapes including the most commonly requested, a well-defined cupid’s bow.
The longevity of your lip fillers depends on the product selected as well as factors including your skincare routine, sun exposure and diet. Some products last longer than others but on average you can expect the results of your treatment to last 8-18 months. The procedure itself takes around 60 minutes to complete and topical numbing cream is always used to reduce discomfort.
Benefits of Lip Filler
- Enhance Lip Volume – Whether you’d prefer to enhance the volume of your lips, your cupid’s bow, your vermilion border or the philtrum, tailored injectable treatments with our nurse can help you achieve your desired results.
- Quick, Easily and Painless – Lip fillers only take 30 or so minutes and use an ultra-fine needle and a topical anaesthetic. You may experience a small pinprick sensation during treatment but it is short-lived.
- Non-Synthetic Filler – The main ingredient in lip fillers is hyaluronic acid and it’s a naturally occurring substance in the human body. It adds volume and reduces fine lines leaving you with plump, healthy lips.
- Natural Results – Lip fillers don’t change the shape of your lips, rather they enhance them. Lip fillers can replenish the plump appearance to your lips and accentuate all defining characters of your lips.
- Professional Administered – Lip filler treatments are performed by our registered nurses and require a complimentary consultation beforehand.
What Can Be Improved with Dermal Lip Filler?
We can add volume to small or thin lips to create balance among the facial features and harmonise your aesthetics.
The proportion of the lips describes the lip proportion relative to the rest of the face.
Among Caucasian patients, the ideal or ‘golden’ ratio of the vertical height of the upper lip and the lower lip is 1:1.6. Having a slightly fuller bottom lip creates an aesthetically pleasing outcome that also appears natural.
Lip Border and Shape
The border of the lip is the sharp demarcation between the lip and normal skin. Loss of this border is characteristic as we age, and can easily be corrected with lip filler to create definition. These injections are focused around the edges of lips, on the cupids bow and also the philtrum columns to create a more full shape.
What to Expect
During your initial complimentary consultation with your registered nurse, you will be invited to share your aesthetic goals associated with your lip filler injectable treatment. This will allow your nurse to develop a personalised treatment plan specific to you.
Once the consultation is complete and you have decided to continue with the treatment, you will have photos taken. These will be stored confidentially for our injector to assess your progress. *We will not share your photos on our website or social media unless you specifically consent for us to do so.
Before your treatment, your lips will be cleaned thoroughly and a numbing agent will be applied to minimise any discomfort. After about 15 minutes once the numbing agent is working, your treatment will begin.
Your injections will be focused on the areas that you wish to improve, which can be a combination of the medial lip, the lateral lip, the lip border, the philtrum column and the cupids bow. You will be encouraged to assess your results with a handheld mirror and can suggest areas you may like to see more volume.
Once your treatment is complete, you will receive your aftercare instructions and a complimentary follow-up appointment will be arranged within the next fortnight.
Lip Filler Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a consultation?
Yes. This treatment requires a doctor’s assessment and prescription so you will be required to undergo a consultation to determine the best method of treatment.
Do lip fillers hurt?
This depends on your individual pain tolerance. Oftentimes patients describe the injection as a slight pinch followed by pressure or a stinging sensation when the product is being injected. This only lasts a few minutes and can be relieved with the help of a topical anaesthetic.
What’s the recovery period like?
In the days following your lip filler treatment, you may experience slight bruising and swelling. This will resolve within a matter of days or weeks.
What are the risks?
All risks will be explained clearly to you during your consultation. Some of the risks of lip fillers may include:
Are the results immediate?
Yes. You will be able to identify the increase in lip volume immediately after your treatment. As there may be some swelling present, we ask you to wait up to four weeks to notice the final results. This is because the dermal filler needs time to integrate into your natural tissue. As well as this, swelling and bruising should have subsided by 4 weeks.
Because your lips may swell, we advise getting lip filler at least two weeks before a big event.
How long do lip fillers last?
The dermal filler we use in the tear troughs is a thick gel product that is designed to last around 18 months. People often find this area lasts up to 2 years, but it may last as a little as 1 year depending on factors like your metabolism, lifestyle and genetics.
Can I get 1/2 mL of lip filler?
Yes, we can offer ½ mL however, this is often not enough product to achieve a noticeable increase in volume. For border definition, this amount may be enough. This will be discussed during your initial consultation with your registered nurse.