Everyone’s lips naturally become thinner and lose their definition with age, and if you’ve been wondering how to look younger, lip fillers are quick, affordable and non-invasive, and they give you a more defined smile which can make a big difference if you’re thinking of having a makeover.
What happens in the procedure?
Because the lips are sensitive, topical local anaesthetic cream is applied about half an hour before the procedure to numb them and the procedure itself takes around 30 minutes. For lip fillers at Cliftonville Dental we inject Emervel® and Juverderm®, hyaluronic acid products that come with the local anaesthetic included to minimise discomfort even further. They are designed for smooth integration into the delicate lip tissue and to improve fullness in the lip body and definition of the lip border. The effects typically last about six months.
After the procedure there is often some mild redness of the skin, but this usually settles by the next day, and occasionally there may be bruising.
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How do lip fillers work?
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the body, which attracts water to the skin and plumps it up, giving the skin elasticity and volume. Lip fillers are also sometimes described as temporary lip fillers or temporary lip enhancement because, like other non-surgical facial aesthetic treatments, they are not permanent. The injections are eventually absorbed by the body because, as the mouth moves for eating, talking and facial expressions, the hyaluronic acid is gradually broken up and disperses into the body.
Before choosing lip fillers we recommend that you talk to us to discuss the kind of results you’re aiming for, as it may be that complementary cosmetic treatments by the team at Cliftonville Dental such as teeth whitening and anti-wrinkle treatments can be combined for the best results.
Cliftonville Dental is the safe choice for people wanting to look younger in Northamptonshire because we are more than simply qualified facial aesthetics practitioners – we’ve trained in proper injection techniques from the beginning of our dental careers and have acquired an excellent understanding of facial dynamics though our dental work. We would love to help you look younger in a pain free clinical environment.
Frequently asked questions
Which parts of my lips can be enhanced?
- The vermilion border, or lip outline, can be treated to improve lip definition and width.
- The fleshy parts of the upper and lower lips can be augmented for volume and a fuller pout.
- The Cupid’s bow can be given extra definition.
- The lines going down from the sides of the mouth, known as oral commissures, which can convey tiredness and sadness, can be reduced.
- Marionette lines, the lines going down from the corner of the lips, also known as puppet lines, can be reduced.
- The philtrum ridges, going from the upper lip towards the nose, can be given more definition.
- The perioral lines – fine vertical lines on the upper lip, often increased due to smoking – can be reduced.
What is actually injected?
We use hyaluronic acid, found throughout the body as well as in most other living organisms. It gives skin elasticity and volume. The products we use are sterile gels made in a laboratory and contain no human or animal matter.
Is it painful?
The lips are full of nerves and are therefore a very sensitive part of the body. For this reason topical local anaesthetic cream is applied before the procedure which numbs the areas being injected. At Cliftonville Dental we use Emervel® and Juverderm®, which come with local anaesthetic included to minimise discomfort.
Are the results instant, and how long do they last?
After injection the lips often become a little swollen, which means the result immediately after the treatment may not be the final result, but swelling typically subsides within two days. To achieve the best results occasionally we may recommend touch-up treatment two to four weeks after the initial session, which will also improve to the duration of the treatment’s effects. The effects last approximately six months.
What will I feel afterwards?
Your lips may become a little swollen and you might experience some common injection-related reactions such as redness, itching, discolouration and tenderness at the injection site, which will clear up on their own within two to 10 days.
Is it possible to avoid bruising?
You can minimise the likelihood of bruising by avoiding Aspirin and Ibuprofen for a week before the procedure and two days after it. Avoid Vitamin E and St John’s Wort for three days before and after the treatment, and abstain from exercise except for walking for 24 hours after the procedure.
What are the side effects?
If you have had cold sores around the mouth, a condition known as facial herpes simplex, lip fillers might provoke an outbreak. You can mitigate this by being prepared with a supply of the prescribed oral tablets Valtrex, Famvir or acyclovir.
Are lip fillers suitable for everyone?
No, not for pregnant or breastfeeding women – hyaluronic acid has not been tested for safety in pregnancy or nursing.
How much does it cost?