Your (No Nonsense) Guide To Lip Fillers

Lips, since times immemorial, have enhanced facial beauty. The lip area is a particularly important area when it comes to aesthetic enhancement of the face (unless you’re a turtle). Lip fillers, a minimally invasive cosmetic facial procedure, have become incredibly popular in recent years as a method of enhancing the plumpness and volume of the lips, smoothing lines and wrinkles around the mouth and producing a more radiant and youthful appearance. Although the lip filler procedure has been in use for decades, the technique has been improved to increase tolerance and efficacy in recent years with the replacement of collaged-based fillers with hyaluronic acid, a molecule naturally produced by cells.

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Why Have Lip Fillers?

During the ageing process, changes in facial appearance will expose the effects of gravity, sun damage, day to day environmental exposure and the general effects of facial movement – including smiling. The mechanisms that maintain the integrity of the facial structure can break down resulting in fine lines and wrinkles; lips are not excluded from the ageing process, but they can also become thinner due to a number of other factors including smoking. Also, genetics is also a defining factor in physical appearance and inheritance of thin lips is not uncommon.

Soft tissue fillers, such as a lip filler treatment, can reverse the appearance of thinness and the depth of lines around the mouth due to its volume and plumpness-enhancing ability. Many individuals partaking in a lip filler procedure will testify to the immediate and more pleasing aesthetic look to the face, as a result of the treatment with an expert clinician.

How Do Lip Fillers Work?

Typically, lip fillers now include hyaluronic acid, this is a polysaccharide naturally produced by the body’s cells, but levels of hyaluronic acid often decrease due to the ageing process. Hyaluronic acid has attributes that make it an appealing substance in dermal fillers, this includes its ability to bind to large amounts of water molecules, and its natural hydrating presence is already present in the skin. Collectively, these positive qualities provide a naturally occurring ‘miracle molecule’ that forms a gel-like substance able to plump and volumise the lips, competing with the ageing process to produce a radiant and youthful look.

Which Part Of The Lips Are Filled?

Lip augmentation consists of the enlargement or reshaping of the visible portion of the lip (the vermilion); modifying the shape of the Cupid’s bow and lip fillers can also alter the relationship between the vermilion and the skin underlying the nose. A professional analysis of the lip anatomy and contours by experts will ensure optimal results are achieved using the natural contours of a face, to produce the most pleasing look.

The Lip Filler Procedure

  • Pre-treatment

There will be a pre-treatment consultation with a professional clinician to ascertain the suitability of the procedure. The consultation will take into account medical and cosmetic history; this will ensure the safety of the procedure and identify any contraindications.

  • Lip filler procedure

Typically, a lip filler procedure will take approximately 30 minutes. The facial area where the procedure is to be performed will b