We got one of our receptionists to try dermal fillers for her lips, this was her experience:
Why I Wanted Lip Fillers
Before I got lip injections, there was nothing particularly wrong with how my lips looked. I wasn’t overly self-conscious and I knew I didn’t need them per se, but like everyone, there were small things I would prefer to have changed.
In particular, my top lip wasn’t really defined, there was no cupid’s bow, and I could never create that ‘perfect lip’ shape.
More than anything though, I was curious about lip injections. What would happen if my lips were bigger… how it would change my face… the pain… the bruising… and more than anything, I was curious about the hype in the beauty industry- is it worth it?
How They Work
I had my lip injections by a registered dentist. He was telling me about the two major types of injections.
The first involved injecting the fillers into the muscle of the lips themselves. This is usually done to create more volume, and causes a fair bit of bruising.
I ended up opting for the second option: injecting the fillers into a line around my natural lips, creating a border.
He explained this is what most clients get the first time they have their lips filled, and it creates more definition, less bruising, and a more natural result.
For my lips specifically, I had most of the fillers injected into my upper lip to create that definition I needed.
My bottom lip was already predominantly plump, but had some filled in the outer corners too where needed.
I had local anaesthetic prior to my treatment, which was incredible. The dentist put some cream on my gums to numb where he would later inject the anaesthetic.
I couldn’t feel a thing. If you’re looking to have lip fillers, I cannot recommend local anaesthetic enough.
The lips are one of the most sensitive areas on your body, and anything less than being completely numb would be what I imagine to be a very uncomfortable experience!
The process of having my lip fillers injected was actually surprisingly fast, only taking around 30 minutes in total.
After The Treatment
Immediately after: The anesthetic began wearing off around 3-4 hours after my injections.
With that, the swelling and pain began to kick in. I won’t lie, those first 24 hours were pretty painful.
My dentist advised I gently place ice on them, and I took some paracetamol too which definitely helped.
Other than that, I slept, binge watched Game of Thrones and stayed in to distract myself.
The pain was pretty bearable by the next morning, but the swelling continued for around 3-4 days.
Following two weeks: Post treatment, I had to be really careful with how much I was touching my lips. It takes two weeks for the fillers to actually settle and harden.
This also meant two weeks of potentially stuffing up my own ‘masterpiece’. No pursing lips, no touching or molding the fillers, no massaging lips.
As the fillers are malleable, it can be pretty easy for them to move around to the wrong place!
I ended up having to go back to my dentist after a week, and he massaged and readjusted them back into place.
1 Day After Treatment
1 Week Later
2 Months Later
This treatment used 1ml of dermal filler – most people won’t need more than that
For me, lip fillers did everything I needed them to. More than anything, I love the definition I now have on my upper lip.
Doing my lip makeup has never been easier, and I don’t feel a need to overdraw or worry about my lip proportions.
As for the hype, lip fillers are definitely great for those who aren’t happy with their shape or want that plump lip look.
Most only last around 6 months, so if you’re keen to try for the experience I encourage you to! But do consider the consequences also.
After all, it is a medical procedure and the beauty industry hype often neglect the ugly side.
- Always do your research and go to a healthcare professional/medical expert. Lip fillers can look amazing, but they also have the potential to look completely fake. It’s so important that you trust your doctor/dentist and have seen their previous work. Trust me, it’s not worth the cheap fix.
- Take the anesthetic. For a more comfortable experience, make sure you cannot feel your lips before they bring the needle close.
- Don’t put up with the pain. I tried, but something as simple as ice and paracetamol can make a world of difference.
- Don’t be shocked by the swelling. It can be pretty confronting seeing yourself immediately after treatment, but don’t doubt your decisions yet! It will go away.
- Follow your dentist’s instructions carefully with regards to aftercare. This includes minimal touching or pressure to lips for the first two weeks.
Seek professional help if you experience lumps, bumps or movement of the fillers. This is all normal, but DON’T try to massage them out yourself.
Lip Filler FAQs
On average, 4-6 months. Areas that move more (like your forehead or lips may last less). Every person is different and it ultimately depends on how quickly your body breaks down the medicine.
We only use temporary treatments because what looks good on your skin today may not be what’s best for your skin in a few years.
Anti-wrinkle treatment works by relaxing the muscles under your skin. This slows down the muscle movement and gives the skin on the surface a chance to heal naturally and soften any wrinkles you may have.
Lip fillers work by using Hyaluronic Acid. This material is already naturally produced by your body in the skin (also used in moisturisers and eye drops). It fills in the middle section of the skin and the body adapts to it very well. Hyaluronic Acid is great at absorbing water and that is how it gets most of its volume. Over a few months, your body will dissolve the material just like it dissolves the same material it already produces in your skin.
The purpose of any cosmetic treatment is to enhance what you already have instead of changing it. All our dentists believe in natural looking results to suit your individual style. Book a free consult with our dentists to discuss how your body will handle the treatment and what to expect.
Next Day After Treatment
The most common things are bruising, redness, swelling at the areas that were treated. These are very temporary and often only last a couple of days. They can be managed very easily with mild pain killers like panadol or gentle icing where it is uncomfortable.
Yes, anti-wrinkle treatment has been used for a long time and been proven to be very safe and very predictable in the hands of a qualified health professional. All our dentists have completed additional training and qualifications specifically to perform anti-wrinkle and lip filler treatments.
Many clinics will have the consult performed by a doctor then have the treatment performed by a beautician or a lesser qualified person. With Smiles of Melbourne, the same dentist that you meet at your consult is the same dentist that will perform your treatment.
Cosmetic injectable treatment is performed with very fine equipment and is usually comfortable in the hands of our qualified Australian dentists.
When needed, our dentists can numb up your lips to make the whole experience more comfortable.
Most clinic won’t be able to numb your lips during treatment because only a dentist can legal perform these numbing procedures.
For the first 4-6 hours
– apply makeup
– drink alcohol
– sleep / lay down
For the first 24 hours:
– rub/massage the treatment area
– get any facial treatments
– travel on an airplane
– go to extreme temperatures (like a sauna)
Unfortunately not 🙁
Lip Fillers: $347 (1ml)
Forehead Wrinkles (includes eyebrows): $497
Crows Feet Wrinkles: $297
Eyebrow Wrinkles: $297
Unlike many places, we do not charge per unit for anti-wrinkle. We charge per area.
We also have payment plans available – ask our dentist at your appointment.
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Who we’ve worked with:
Kim and Chris (The Block 2016)
Julia and Sasha (The Block 2016)
Andy (The Block 2016)
Luke and Ebony (The Block 2015)
Caro and Kingi (The Block 2015)
Andy and Whitney (The Block 2015)
Sam (Survivor 2016)
Rohan (Survivor 2016)
Alex and Zoe (Married at First Sight)
Monica (Married at First Sight 2016)
Jess (Married at First Sight 2016)
Michelle (Married at First Sight)
Georgia (The Bachelor 2016)
Rachael (The Bachelor 2016)
Ebru (The Bachelor 2015)
Laura (The Bachelor 2016)
Jesse Habermann (Brownlow Prep)
Jessica Peart (Miss World Australia 2015)
and many more …