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Lip Filler In Southampton
Do you want to even out asymmetries in your lips? Or do you simply want to add fullness and volume to your lips?
We can do this with a lip filler, and our clinicians would be happy to assist you. 👍
What Are Lip Fillers? And What Are They Made Of?
A lip filler is an injection of material into your lips to increase their volume.
There are several kinds of material that can be used as lip fillers, but the most common type is what is called hyaluronic acid, or substances very similar in chemical composition to hyaluronic acid.
There are different kinds of these fillers, and the type of filler chosen depends entirely on what your goal is for the treatment. We will get to that shortly.
Collagen can also be used, but it is used less and less often because hyaluronic acid is safer and the effects tend to last for longer.
Injections of fat can also be used, but this is less common as the results are less predictable.
In some cases, you can also get a permanent implant, but this is normally for special cases.
Why Do People Get Lip Fillers?
One reason many people get lip fillers is to even out asymmetrical shapes of their lips. For instance, if your upper right lip is much fuller than your upper left side, you could even this out with a lip filler. The end result should be symmetrical lips.
Another reason is to add fullness and volume to your lips. For instance if you have lost volume over time in your lips, and want to make them fuller, you can do this with a lip filler.
Or in the event you simply want extra fullness to your lips, we can also achieve this with a lip filler.
Over time, fine lines or wrinkles may start to form on the lips themselves, or around the lips. One way to reduce or remove these lines and wrinkles can be to inject a lip filler. Therefore, a third reason why people get lip fillers is to remove or reduce wrinkles.
What Are The Benefits Of Hyaluronic Acid Fillers?
Above, we explained that the most common lip filler today is what is called a hyaluronic acid filler.
Hyaluronic acid is a clear, jelly-like substance that your body produces naturally. The largest concentrations of this acid are found in your skin, connective tissue and eyes.
The following are the main reasons why hyaluronic acid is preferred for lip injections:
- It is fluid and flexible, hence it is easy to control the results
- The injections can also be given gradually over the course of weeks or months to: 1) achieve gradual facial changes, and 2) slowly build up to your desired look
- Lumps and bumps are less likely to occur, and in the event they do appear, they can be dissolved easily
- This kind of filler tends to produce significant less bruising compared to other fillers
- The results are long-lasting, but not permanent
- Because hyaluronic acid fillers are made from substances similar to those found in the body, they are unlikely to cause any allergic reactions
- They can easily be removed or reversed
What Is It Like To Get A Lip Filler?
When you arrive at our Southampton clinic, we will welcome you and then make sure you are comfortable and ready for the treatment. When you tell us you are OK, we will get started.
The first step is to apply a numbing cream on your lips. This will normally remove most of the discomfort you otherwise would have experienced.
This cream needs a little time to start working, so we will then wait about 15 minutes before administering the injections.
You can also choose to get a local anesthesia before the treatment. This is similar to what you get from your dentist, and this will numb your lips completely. But in most cases, this is not necessary.
The clinician will then cleanse your lips and may also ice down the areas where the injections are going to be made. This is to further reduce any discomfort and also reduce any possible bruising.
Then the injections are made. This should only take a minute or two.
After the injections are made, the clinician may apply some ice to further reduce any potential bruising. That’s it!
The entire procedure, from you enter our clinic until you leave, should take no more than 30 minutes.
On your way out, you will get aftercare instructions and we may also give you some ice.
You are now ready to continue with the rest of your day. 👍
Does It Hurt To Get A Lip Filler?
When done and administered properly, the pain should be minimal. For most people, there will only be slight discomfort. In fact, the injection process is normally a lot less painful than anticipated.
The reason we can remove most of the discomfort is due to the numbing cream. This will numb your lips so that you shouldn’t feel any pain from the needle.
Are There Any Side Effects From Getting A Lip Filler?
Yes, mild side effects are normal. However, these should normally last a few days at the very most.
The most common side effects are swelling and bruising.
Immediately after getting lip injections, there will normally be some degree of swelling and potentially lumpiness.
We recommend every first-time patient to not judge your lips for at least the first three days. Because any swelling and bruising is normally gone by then. In fact, many patients see their lips settling into their new, natural selves within 24 hours.
You may also notice a slight difference in symmetry of the lips after the initial injection. We therefore recommend that you follow up with us two weeks after your initial appointment. This gives us a chance to look at your lips and determine if any touch-ups, adjustments, or additional filler is needed.
Another side effect is that your lips may be very tender for some time after the injections. This however also normally passes within 24 hours or so.
Severe side effects are not common, but should you experience any of these, we recommend that you contact us immediately:
- Severe swelling or bruising lasting more than 5 days
- Lip asymmetry
- Lumps and irregularities in the lips
- Stiffening of the lip
- Allergic reaction or itching around the lips
How Much Does It Cost To Get A Lip Filler?
The cost for lip injections ranges depending on the type of injection and treatment you want.
If you go for a hyaluronic acid filler, the treatment is likely to cost from £500 to £1,000.
A collagen stimulating filler (polylactic acid) is likely to be more costly, and this treatment will normally cost from £700 to £1,400.
If on the other hand you want a filler based on fat, this is likely to cost between £1,700 to £3,400.
Most health insurance plans do not cover cosmetic surgery. However, depending on the treatment you want, we may offer you a payment plan so you can split the cost over a longer period.
How To Prepare For A Lip Filler?
Three days prior to the treatment, we recommend that you avoid blood thinning medications such as Aspirin, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Aleve, etc.
We also recommend that you do not consume alcohol 24 hours before the treatment.
The reason why we recommend avoiding both, is that they normally make your blood thinner. Avoiding these will normally minimize the occurrence of bruising.
We also recommend that you avoid salty foods a few days before and after the treatment as excess sodium causes the body to retain water, which in turn can worsen swelling.
You can learn more about how to prepare for the treatment here.
What Aftercare Should You Do After A Lip Filler Treatment?
We recommend that you use no lip products for at least 12 hours after the treatment. However, there are specific lip ointments that you can use immediately if you desire. These are designed for lip filler aftercare. Ask us if you are interested. 😊
We also recommend regular icing with a clean ice pack on and off throughout the rest of the first day.
You should also avoid alcohol, painkillers and blood thinners for the next 24 hours to be on the safe side. This is to reduce excess bruising and swelling.
We also recommend that you avoid strenuous exercise for 2 days after the injections. This is to reduce any bruising and also avoid that the filler moves away from its intended area.
And we recommend that you avoid any firm pressure on the lips for at least a week.
Additionally, we recommend not drinking from a straw or smoking 24 hours after your injections, as this causes bending of your lips, which can in turn cause movement of the filler.
And also, you should be careful with sun exposure and heat (e.g. sauna and hot showers) for 48 hours after the treatment.
And while your lip is still numb, be careful with hot liquids as you may burn yourself without noticing.
You can learn more about aftercare here.
How Long Does A Lip Filler Last?
It depends on the formula you choose, but if you choose a hyaluronic acid, most treatments last from about six months to a full year.
A collagen stimulating filler (polylactic acid) will normally last from 1-3 years.
And a fat filler will normally also last from 1-3 years.
What Are The Names Of The Most Common Lip Fillers?
These are the most common lip fillers:
- Restylane, Restylane-L, Restylane Silk
- Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Juvederm Volbella XC
- Belotero Balance
- Prevelle Silk
All of these products are injected the same way and give you similar results. Some of these also contain what is called lidocaine, which is a local anesthetic. This helps to further reduce any discomfort of the treatment.
Is A Lip Filler Right For You?
The first question you should ask yourself is what you want your lips to look like after the procedure.
If you want a lip filler to make your lips more symmetric, that is one thing. Then we know what to accomplish.
However, if you want a lip filler to make your lips fuller and plumper, you should know what fullness you desire. This way, our Southampton clinicians know what filler to use and exactly how to proceed.
If you have a photo of someone you could bring who has the fullness that you want, that would be of great help to us.
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Before getting a lip filler you should ideally be in good health and be a nonsmoker. If you have concerns about this, please talk to us about it before the treatment.
If you have an active infection such as oral herpes you should wait with the treatment until the infection is gone.
Also, if you have diabetes, lupus or blood-clotting problems, you may not be a good candidate for a lip filler.
Please tell your clinician about any medications you are taking, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements.
Lastly, if you are breastfeeding or pregnant, we recommend that you wait with the treatment.
What If You Are Not Happy With The Outcome?
You come back and have it dissolved!
The good news about all hyaluronic-acid-based fillers is that they can be reversed with what is called hyaluronidase. This is an enzyme that dissolves hyaluronic acid rapidly and safely.
So if you should regret the decision or not like the new look, you can have it reversed. 👍
This however is much more complicated in the event you get a lip filler that is based on collagen, fat, or a permanent implant.