|Treatment time: 30 mins|
|Review: discretionary review offered after 2-4 weeks|
|Duration of results: 6-9 months|
|Down time: Can go back to work after 24 hours. Expect a few days of swelling, especially in the mornings.|
|Side-effects: Mild swelling, possible bruising|
Lip treatments, when carried out correctly, are an art form. Precision, experience, skill and a great eye are prerequisites for achieving a sensual but also subtle and natural look. Laurie is expert in recreating the perfect lip with dermal filler, using the most sophisticated techniques to achieve fullness and restore balance to the face.
With the passage of time, it is natural for the lips to lose volume as fat and collagen deplete. Lips may start to lose their defining lip border with “lipstick bleeding” occurring or vertical “smoker’s lines” can develop above the lips. The lips may also start to droop downwards (“sad lips”).
Dermal filler can restore lost volume to the lips, returning definition (the vermilion border), lifting the lip corners, smoothing out lines and creating symmetry. It can also be used to enhance the cupid’s bow.
Laurie is always cautious and only applies tiny amounts of filler, a little at a time, continually assessing the impact from every angle before continuing. In this way she achieves an enhanced look that complements the face and is “just right” without being overstated.
The procedure takes minutes and can last up to twelve months. At various points during the treatment Laurie can hold up a mirror so you can see the progress and feel at ease with the procedure. The results can be seen instantly and will be optimal 5-7 days later when any slight swelling goes down.
*Please note that results may vary from client to client depending on various considerations such as age, lifestyle and medical background.
Before & After
Lip Enhancement FAQ
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are soft tissue fillers that are injected into the skin to soften lines and wrinkles. They can also be used to replace lost facial volume, define features and create a fuller lip. The majority of fillers are made up of hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance found in the body that binds water and gives skin volume.
Are fillers safe?
Yes, dermal fillers have been used for many years, resulting in millions of successful treatments. We predominantly use Juvérderm ® and Restylane® which are both FDA approved.
Who is not a candidate for fillers?
It is advised that anyone with a previous allergic reaction to dermal fillers should avoid this treatment. Dermal fillers should also not be used in areas that have recently suffered from inflammation, trauma other skin related problems. Pregnant or breast feeding ladies should postpone treatment.
What should I consider prior to treatment?
We advise you to avoid blood thinners (alcohol, aspirin, Vitamin E) for 2 days prior to your treatment as thin blood increases the risk of bruising at the injection site. Taking Arnica tablets before treatment will also reduce the risk of bruising.
Will dermal filler injections hurt?
Dermal fillers can be slightly uncomfortable, depending on the depth of the injection required. However, the majority of dermal fillers contain a local anaesthetic which minimises discomfort. We can also use numbing creams.
When will I see results?
You will see the results immediately with further improvement in the vitality of the skin developing over the next 1-2 weeks.
What are the side effects?
There may occasionally be slight swelling, redness, bruising or bleeding at the injection site, however the use of a cannula can greatly reduce the chance of bruising. Any side effects are usually temporary and disappear within a few days. Due to the sensitivity of the lips however, recovery time is usually 24-48 hours with swelling, bruising and tenderness lasting up to a week. Very rarely there may be an infection or allergic reaction.
What after care do you recommend?
The vast majority of clients will not experience any symptoms following treatment. However, in the instances of bruising, swelling or redness we recommend the application of a cold compress.
Arnica cream can also reduce bruising. Generally we recommend that you let the area settle immediately after the procedure and avoid touching it. Additionally we advise that you don’t have facial treatments and avoid strenuous exercise, alcohol, heat or excessive sun exposure for the next 24-48 hours.
How long do dermal fillers last?
One of the advantages of dermal filler is that although the effects are long lasting, they are not permanent. The effects generally last between 6-12 months, but are dependent on a range of factors such as the area treated, the skin type and condition and also the metabolism of the client.
Can dermal fillers be removed?
Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane and Juvéderm may be rapidly dissolved with the enzyme hyaluronidase. However it is rare for a client to request this following treatment by a reputable practitioner.