As we age, lips tend to thin, and the injection of even small volumes will create a fuller effect. Wrinkle filler may be injected to improve definition, increase fullness, or to reduce lines. Vertical lines on the top lip are best treated with tiny amounts of filler placed in the line. The concern that most people have when considering lip treatments is to maintain a natural look – the doctors at Laser Skin Care have many years experience in using fillers for lips and are committed to achieving a natural appearance.
We use fillers with a long history of safe and effective use. We only use fillers from highly reputable companies who are world leaders in this field. They have a longevity which varies from 6 to 18 months, depending on the area treated and the amount of wrinkle filler used. It is gradually reabsorbed, but maintains filler effect due to the absorption of water over time.
For the injection of lines or wrinkles, treatment involves some discomfort, and an anaesthetic cream may be applied an hour beforehand. With regards to the treatment of the lips, a local anaesthetic injection is usually used to numb the area.
The procedure generally takes around 30 minutes with the effect usually lasting between 6 months to a year but is extremely variable. Due to variations in the individual response and the degree of fullness desired, the effect is often assessed at 3 to 4 weeks post treatment. Further injection may be undergone at this stage.
Side effects include:
- local swelling
- lumpiness or irregularity of the filler
- granuloma (long-term nodules), allergy, infection and ischaemia (rare)
This procedure is not recommended for:
- Pregnant or breast feeding women.
- Patients who have Roaccutane in the last 3 months.
Those with a medical history of auto-immune type diseases (lupus or rheumatoid arthritis) or multiple allergies.