The Lip Filler Procedure
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.
Typically, a lip filler procedure will take approximately 30 minutes. The facial area where the procedure is to be performed will be cleaned to ensure a sterile working environment and prevent infection. A topical pre-injection anaesthetic can be provided; ensuring local pain relief and the minimisation of any potential discomfort during the injection of the dermal filler. Once prepared, the dermal filler will be applied to the lips by injection, enhancing the region of interest and producing the desired effect.
The clinician will discuss follow up care following the treatment. It is advisable to avoid alcohol, the sun, or wearing makeup for approximately 12 hours following the procedure to ensure optimal results.
How Quick Are The Results?
The results from the lip filler treatment will be observed immediately; however, optimal effects will be seen after ten days.
How Long Will The Results Last?
The duration of the results will vary between individuals; in addition, the concentration of the hyaluronic acid and overall filler product will determine the results . Frequently, the results can be observed for 6-9 months, although some may see visible changes for up to 12 months. Considerations including sun exposure, lifestyle choices such as smoking may impact the duration of the results. The clinician will provide advice on how to maintain the enhancement effect.
Is The Lip Filler Procedure Painful?
The lip filler procedure is relatively painless, the sensation of a light scratch may be felt on the application of the needle. There is often the option to have a topical anaesthetic to minimise any discomfort during the procedure should this be required. There may be slight swelling and tenderness to touch following the treatment; however, this will pass within a few days. On occasions, there may be a small amount of bruising.
Is The Lip Filler Procedure Safe?
Due to the fact the hyaluronic acid is naturally occurring in the skin, this produces low risk for potential adverse reactions ; this is in contrast to the filler predecessor, bovine-collagen that was known for inducing allergic reactions. Scientific research has been undertaken to establish the safety of hyaluronic acid-based lip fillers and the procedure itself. As with all procedures, risk cannot be excluded; however, the general consensus is that the treatment is minimally invasive and well-tolerated  and complications are extremely rare . It is prudent to be aware that the overall safety of the procedure will be determined by the professionalism and expertise of the practitioner. It is advisable to discuss with the practitioner the product that will be used in the lip filler procedure to ensure that the ingredients are suitable, and an allergic reaction is unlikely to occur.
Pros And Cons Of Lip Fillers
The lip filler procedure will ensure immediate results with only one treatment required to achieve the desired results. Lip filler treatments can be repeated, upon advice from an expert clinician.
The results for the procedure are temporary, usually 6-9 months. During this period, the rest of the face will continue the ageing process; however, there are treatments that can be considered to slow this process down. Problems may arise if a suitably qualified practitioner is not chosen; therefore, it is prudent to use a reputable clinic for any cosmetic procedures to ensure safety and efficacy.
Lip filler treatments that are hyaluronic acid-based have been proven to be safe and effective when used to enhance the lips. Any concerns can be discussed with a suitably qualified clinician ensuring the treatment is suitable; and will produce the desired effect. If for any reason the lip enhancement is no longer required, our specialised practitioner will be able to dissolve the hyaluronic acid with the clinically approved naturally occurring enzyme hyaluronidase. Clinicians in the Omniya clinic are skilled in a range of treatments and can discuss all options that may be available for facial enhancements including the 8 Point Facelift, Cheek Fillers, Botox Wrinkle Injections, Non-Surgical Rhino and more.
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