What Lip Fillers Can do:
- Add volume to your lips.
- Give better definition around the edge of your lips.
- Even out asymmetry between left and right areas.
- Even out proportions by adding more volume to upper or lower lip.
- Highlight specific features by adding definition to certain areas eg. cupids bow.
Lips Prior To Treatment
Lip Filler Techniques.
- Injecting the filler into the muscles of the lips themselves, done generally to create more volume in the lips.
- Injecting the filler around the border of the lips to enhance definition
Our Treatment Process:
- Firstly and most importantly, we have a consultation to discuss what you would like to see, what we can do, and explain the process to achieve the results you’re looking for.
- We’ll take photos of what your lips look like before the treatment to compare.
- We then apply a topical numbing cream, then use local anesthetic to numb your lips completely – this works a lot better than simply numbing the outside of your lips with cream and makes the whole experience a lot more comfortable.
- We add filler to the areas we discussed during the consultation.
- We take the final photos and run you through how to look after your lips.
After the Treatment
What you can expect immediately after the treatment:
- Initially, you may not feel any pain or discomfort for the first 3-4 hours. In this time it’s normal to experience swelling of the lips. This is the body’s natural response to adding new material to the lips.
- Once the anesthetic begins to wear off, gentle icing and paracetamol is recommended to minimize any discomfort.
Swelling will reduce significantly after 24 hours, and generally lasts 3-4 days.
24 Hours Post Treatment
It can take up to two weeks for the filler to settle and harden in the lips. During this time, it’s important to avoid the following:
- Rub or massage the treatment area.
- Have any facial treatments.
- Drink through a sports bottle.
One Week Later
Sometimes the filler can move around in these weeks, and if it does it’s common for lumps/bumps to occur. If you find any lumps, bumps or asymmetry in your lips following one week treatment, call the clinic on (03) 9852 4561 and organise a free follow up appointment to make any adjustments.
Most lip fillers last for around 6 months before your body starts breaking it down. Lifestyle factors (ie. smoking) and overall health directly affects how long the filler lasts. The lips are an area used a lot and are subject to a lot of movement on a daily basis so filler tends to last for shorter periods in the lips than some other areas of the face, compared to your cheeks.
Lip injections are a medical procedure and there are positives and negatives to having dermal filler done, it is best to understand the risks involved as well as the desired look you are after and what can be achieved. That way the professional practitioner treating you can work towards creating personalised results as shown below.
Two Months Later
Complications with Lip Fillers
- Swelling/Bruising. It is common to have some swelling and bruising for the first week post treatment. Gently ice the area and avoid aspirin and alcohol for the first 6 hours post treatment – these can increase your chances of bruising
- After the anesthetic subsides, you may feel some discomfort. Take paracetamol and gently ice the area to reduce any associated tenderness.
- Cold Sores. If you get cold sores in the past, you may be more likely to experience cold sores after treatment. Use antiviral cream topically for one week before and two weeks after to avoid this.
- Lumps/ Filler displacement. Bumps can occur if the treatment moves in your lips in the hours after it has been injected. If this happens, wait at least six days for the swelling to subside and book a follow up appointment for the dentist to massage them out. It is important to come back in within the first two weeks of your initial appointment while the filler is still easily massaged.
- Always do your research and go to a healthcare professional/medical expert. Lip fillers can look great, but they also have the potential to look completely fake or leave you with an uneven pout. It’s so important that you trust your doctor/dentist and have seen their previous work. Trust us, it’s not worth the cheap fix.
- Take the anesthetic. For a more comfortable experience, make sure you understand your anaesthetic options and choose the best option with your practitioner.
- Don’t feel like you have to put up with discomfort. Something as simple as ice and paracetamol can make a world of difference. Do not take Aspirin or drink alcohol as it will increase your chances of bruising.
- Don’t be shocked by the swelling. It can be pretty confronting seeing yourself immediately after treatment particularly if the swelling is uneven, but don’t doubt your decisions yet! It will go away. Different parts of your lips will react differently and are likely to swell up/down at different rates. This may not necessarily be the filler, but more likely your body’s reaction in different areas.
- 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 quite common, but DON’T try to massage them out yourself.