Welcome to our first educational blog.
We receive a lot of queries from clients about lip filler treatments, particularly from those who've never had treatments previously.
So, we thought we'd start this blog series by providing a little information about the whole subject of having lip filler treatments / lip shaping / lip volumising / lip augmentation.
Why have lip filler treatment?
Lip enhancement can be used to help improve definition & volume. Around 40-50% of lip volume is lost, on average, by the time women reach the age of 50. This type of treatment can be used to enhance lip shape & size & improve confidence in women, both younger & older.
We've also provided lip augmentation treatments for some of our male clients. The treatment process is the same & is always based on your own needs.
What are the treatment options?
There are two types of lip filler treatments which we provide- lip shaping & volumisation. We generally carry out both types of work at the same time, but this is based on your own requirements. We'll always advise you based on our knowledge, skill & experience:
Lip shaping: We inject very fine threads of dermal filler along the vermillion border of the top & bottom lip to improve definition. These are superficial injections.
We use shaping to raise the peaks of the Cupid's Bow, curve the edge of the lower lip & to lift the left & right lip edges (oral commisures).
Lip volumisation: We inject deeper into the wet-dry border of the lips to increase volume, concentrating on the middle third of the lips in particular.
Volumisation helps to increase plumpness to areas lacking volume. We can also use this to create a 'soft pout' effect.
We use 14 different advanced masterclass techniques & combinations of shaping/volumisation to create a variety of lip shapes & sizes. We regularly carry out a range of different lip work for our clients, such as correcting asymmetric lip shape, heart-shaping & border correction. As always, we tailor treatments to your own specific requirements.
Is it painful?
We use local anaesthetic cream to numb your lips before injecting. The fillers we use also contain local anaesthetic to minimise pain as much as possible.
Our clients tell us that the lip treatments we've carried out for them have been relatively painless & hair threading they've had has actually been more painful.
How long will lip treatment last?
With lip filler treatments, the results are instantaneous. You can see the effect of the shaping & volumisation as we do it. So, you're always free to decide on any change as it happens.
Dermal fillers consist of hyaluronic acid, which is a natural skin ingredient. It breaks down gradually, so lip shape & volume will gradually revert back to their original state too.
Generally, treatment effect lasts 6-9 months, but this is affected by the specific filler used, alcohol consumption, smoking tobacco & heat.
What about lip filler problems & horror stories?
Although lip filler treatments are very safe when carried out by trained advanced aesthetic specialists like ourselves, we're now seeing more clients who've received treatments by completely untrained individuals. Unfortunately, their poor treatments mean we need to use filler dissolving agents to break down the filler & carry out the work for the clients again.
Generally, there are a few minor problems which can happen with lip filler treatment:
Lumps & bumps: These can occur during or after treatment, but adequate massaging we carry out minimises the chance of this happening.
We now use a number of different techniques to produce micro-droplet filling across & within the lip surface. This minimises the risk of any lumps.
Brusing: Minor bruising of the area around the lips is possible within a few days after the treatment, although our clients rarely have problems with this.
If it does happen, it tends to last a few days & can be eased with cold compression & arnica cream or tablets.
Inflammation: There tends to be some minor swelling around the injected areas for a few days after treatment, but this tends to settle within 5-7 days at most.
If you or someone you know has had problems with lip filler treatment carried out by the untrained, then please let us know. We'd be happy to help with corrective treatment.
Do I need to do anything after treatment?
Following lip filler treatment, we recommend the following:
Avoid excessive alcohol for 24 hours afterwards
Drink plenty of water regularly over the next few days
Do not do any aerobic exercise for at least 24 hours
Avoid any saunas, jacuzzis, warm temperatures & hot drinks
Do not massage the areas around the lips
Avoid make-up for the rest of the day of treatment
We hope you've enjoyed this first blog in our educational series.
If you have questions or ideas about this or future blogs, then please comment below or get in touch with us.
Below is a summary of our lip treatment work.
🕑 Procedure time: 60 minutes
💉 Anaesthetic: optional
⚠️ Risks / complications: temporary injection site swelling/bruising
📅 Effect duration: 6-9 months (dependent on filler used)
✅ Back to work: immediately
👁 See results: immediately
🏥 Clinics: Yarm Medical Practice, BOAB Salon (York) & Redmayne Lodge (Strensall, York)
💷 Price: £169 for 0.55ml & £249 for 1ml of dermal filler