1. Are lip fillers permanent?
No. most fillers used now are made with hyaluronic acid which is a naturally occurring substance in the body. The body naturally breaks this down.
2. How long do they last?
For most people they last between 6-9 months.
Permanent fillers are available and may seem cost effective but they are not generally recommended. This is because as your face ages it changes shape with the loss of skin elasticity, reduction in fatty deposits under the skin and even bone shrinking (remodelling). If a permanent filler is used it will sit on top of these subtle facial changes and may end up looking quite odd as it wont have altered along side your face. Having the fillers which are broken down with time, means your look can be subtly altered to suit your advancing years.
3. Which lip filler is the best?
Juvaderm and Restylane are the best, in my opinion, as they have products which are specifically designed for use in the lips and they have very few allergies and side effects.
In the USA there are 6 approved products on the market. In the UK we have over 60 but they are of variable quality and some are permanent which is not generally recommended.
4. How much do they cost?
This depends on how much lip enhancement you’re after but as a guide, from £200. Fillers are charged for by the syringe and the product itself is very expensive.
Remember if it’s cheap its likely to not be a good quality product which will have a higher risk of side effects.
5. Will I end up with duck lips or a trout pout?
NO! NO! NO!
Lip fillers can be used subtly and in small volumes to just plump the volume a bit, perhaps make them a bit more shapely or even redefine your lip line or your Cupid’s bow. They can also gently stretch and fill out the wrinkles around the mouth that your lipstick manages to bleed in to. They can help correct the asymmetries that bug you, lift the corners of your downward smile and generally push back the signs of ageing.
Lip fillers need not look obvious and you can have them at any age (as long as you’re over 18).
In fact they can be used to great delight and for many purposes but a trout pout is not one of them! My advice is take it slow; you can always have more added.
6. When will I see the results?
You will see the effects immediately. Initially there is a lot of swelling after lip enhancement because the lips have got such a good blood supply. This settles down over 24-72 hours and then you are left with the final effects of lovely lips.
7. What should I expect to feel?
There is a pinch as the needle is inserted and then a stinging sensation at the start of filler injection. Then it doesn’t hurt much because the filler contains a small local anaesthetic.
Remember now that the lips are good at kissing and expressing your emotion. They are full of blood vessels and nerve endings. So I think its fair to say that you will feel something but it is well tolerated and people come back for more! I think the benefits from having them done far outweighs the discomfort.
You can have an anaesthetic cream applied for an hour before hand to help numb the sensations a bit and some people swear by this, but many don’t need it.
8. How long do they take?
This depends on how much you’re wanting to change but on average about 20 minutes.
9. Will I bruise?
Bruising is quite common because of the excellent blood supply to the lips. But this same said blood supply also mean they heal quickly too. The bruising is easily covered with lipstick.
If you bruise easily you may want to take arnica tablets for 1 day before and 5 days afterwards.
10. If I stop having lip fillers will my lips return to normal?
Yes. No bagging or sagging to be expected after you stop. In fact, if you’re lucky, they may be a title bit plumper than when you started has the hyaluronic acid (HA) stimulates natural production of HA along the injection lines.