As we age, our lips often lose the natural plumpness and fullness that they may have once had. Lip fillers can help plump up thinning lips, providing them with vitality and fullness. When most women age, they tend to notice drooping in the corners of their lips, where the lower lip sinks and the upper lip becomes elongated. Lip injections can help make the lips fuller, which helps develop a more youthful look.
The initial step is to book a consultation at epiclinic to discuss what your goals are and what can be accomplished with your unique lip shape. It is necessary that you understand that your lips are the foundation that you can build on; they cannot be completely altered. A lip enhancement simply improves the lips to create a more youthful, defined and fuller version of your natural lips.
We will always take your facial features into account too before enhancing your lips, ensuring your features look balanced by the end of your appointment.
The dermal fillers used at epiclinic® are made of a substance that occurs naturally in the body and is known for its ability to retain moisture. This also means that a dissolving enzyme can be used to reverse the effects of the injections should you not be happy with the results.
The treatment will take approximately 20 minutes. The advanced injecting technique performed by epiclinic doctors uses fewer injection points, so you don’t feel like a pin cushion. The number of mls that will need to be injected will depend on the end result you want to achieve – this will be different for everyone.
Following the procedure, your lips will feel numb for an hour or so until the anaesthetic wears off. It is normal to experience minor swelling for about one to two days. In some instances, mild bruising and swelling may continue for up to a week. While some patients like to take a day or two off work, it is possible to return to work directly after your appointment too. Your doctor will discuss all aspects of the procedure and what to expect afterwards during your consultation.
After a lip enhancement procedure, patients are free to resume their regular activities right away but should avoid kissing as well as rubbing or touching the area for at least 48 hours. In terms of caring for your lips after your procedure, it’s best to avoid any strenuous exercise or activities that could cause excessive sweating 24 hours after your appointment as this could affect the product absorption rate. Staying hydrated and protecting your lips from direct sunlight is also recommended. The longevity of the product will depend on how quickly your body metabolises the injections. The dermal filler products used at epiclinic® usually last 12-18 months. You will need to schedule ongoing appointments in the future if you want to maintain your results.
A qualified and experienced doctor will administer your lip filler injections. Always research a clinic and doctor’s background before you undergo any type of cosmetic treatment.
Lip fillers can definitely be combined with other anti-ageing procedures should you want to achieve a more uniform result and reduce downtime. Lip fillers don’t require downtime, but some other procedures may require you to spend a day or two at home. By combining procedures, you also combine your recovery periods. Along with adding filler to other areas of the face that have experienced volume loss, you can also combine lip fillers with laser treatments, liquid facelifts, anti-wrinkle injections and more. In fact, the majority of patients receive both dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections in one session to create an overall smoother and fuller appearance. We will gladly assist you with a custom treatment plan that meets your specific needs.
Yes, you will see an immediate difference directly after your session but your final results will only be visible about 48 hours later once all swelling has subsided.
There isn’t a lot that you will need to do prior to your session. However, it’s highly recommended that you avoid any medications and supplements that could cause excess bleeding and bruising several days before your appointment. We will discuss this list of products with you. It also helps to stay hydrated and to avoid smoking for several days before and after your session. Pursing the lips too soon after your session may create an uneven result.
There are different types of fillers that can be used to smooth out wrinkles and restore volume to specific areas of the face. The same fillers that are used to plump up your lips can also be used to add volume to other areas of your face. However, the types of fillers that are used during your appointment will depend on your specific goals as well as your doctor’s recommendations, so a consultation will be necessary.
New patient consultation fees to see Dr Molton are $85 and are payable when booking.