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A few blogs back, we wrote a piece exploring the ins and outs of Botox and, after finding out just how thrilled you all were with our detailed guide to the aesthetic industry’s most famous anti-ageing treatment, we’ve decided to do the same for our famous lip fillers!
At Dr Rasha Clinic, our founder Dr Rasha Rakhshani is celebrated for her signature lip filler technique and is one of the country’s foremost specialists in lip augmentation, which means that there is no establishment better placed to give you all the information you need on this popular variation of dermal filler.
So, what are you waiting for? Read on to learn everything you ever wanted to know about lip fillers!
Lip fillers are injectable treatments capable of restoring volume, definition and structure to one of the face’s most noticeable features. Many patients choose this type of dermal filler as a way of combating the appearance of lacklustre lips, with these highly visible body parts known to thin and flatten with age.
Some people opt for lip fillers to add some plumpness to naturally thin lips or correct issues with asymmetry and tend to enjoy a major confidence boost in the process.
Like other types of dermal filler, lip fillers introduce a substance known as hyaluronic acid into their target area. Hyaluronic acid, which naturally occurs within the body, is known for its ability to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water which makes it ideal for plumping out any number of treatment areas.
When it comes to the lips, we use brands such as Juvéderm® and Teosyal®, both of whom produce products rich in hyaluronic acid. During treatment, our experts can inject a specific amount of this filler into the lips to augment these features and deliver a more refined, natural look in what is considered to be a marked improvement from the time of collagen-based fillers.
These days, it is commonly agreed that hyaluronic fillers are much safer and more effective than collagen fillers.
When working with hyaluronic acid-based fillers, your practitioner will have more control over how much of this substance will be injected into your lips. Injecting too much filler into the lips can often lead to an exaggerated or cartoonish appearance that can be extremely harmful to your self-confidence. Hyaluronic fillers can also be administered over a series of treatments to ensure that a natural, realistic look is maintained at all times.
As with everything in the world of aesthetics, it’s important to use a little bit of common sense when it comes to choosing someone to administer your lip fillers. First and foremost, you should always ensure that your chosen practitioner is willing to hold a comprehensive consultation with you before any form of treatment takes place. It’s here that you should ask this person or clinic about their credentials and request to see some previous examples of their work, e.g a range of Before and After pictures.
You should also check whether the establishment in question is monitored by an appropriate regulatory body such as the Care Quality Commission (CQC). If you aren’t convinced that your chosen practitioner is up to the job or find that anything they say rings alarm bells, it’s advisable not to go through with your treatment or else you may run the risk of serious injury.
Some of Dr Rasha’s fantastic Before and After images can be found here.
Those booking in for this needle-based procedure should be prepared to experience some discomfort whilst their lip filler is injected. This pain is made more manageable by using fillers that contain lidocaine, a form of local anaesthetic. Some practitioners may also choose to numb the lips with a topical anaesthetic cream and this depends on your individual tolerance for pain.
At Dr Rasha Clinic, we will do everything we can to make sure your treatment is as comfortable and pain-free as possible.
As mentioned above, the safety of this treatment often hinges on the credentials of your chosen practice or practitioner. When looking into the prospect of getting lip fillers, it makes sense to scrutinise every claim made by the people who are attempting to get you booked into their clinic, and this goes for every sort of aesthetics procedure!
If you opt to go against all logic, you open the door to the possibility of severe complications arising from the improper administration of lip filler. This includes everything from infection to the permanent loss of facial tissue. And, even though undergoing treatment at the hands of someone suitably qualified still brings with it some element of risk, the chances of anything going wrong will definitely be minimised.
One thing that may make a routine injection of filler riskier is any prior knowledge of an allergy to lidocaine. You must inform your practitioner if you are allergic to this substance – they will then advise you on what to do next. It is also highly unlikely that you will be allergic to any other ingredient contained within our lip fillers, as these are largely very similar to substances that are naturally found in the body.
Undergoing lip fillers may also be inadvisable if you suffer from lupus, diabetes or blood clots.
Lip fillers, particularly those composed of hyaluronic acid, can last anywhere between 6 to 18 months. After this time, the filler will be naturally broken down by your body and you will need to book in for a top-up treatment.
The longevity of lip fillers will often be determined by the technique of your practitioner, how much of this substance is injected into your lips and the speed of your metabolism.
In terms of when the full extent of your treatment will become visible, many patients report seeing noticeable results around two weeks after their procedure.
When done right, there are very few side effects to this treatment and these are often fairly mild, with any swelling, bruising or tenderness subsiding after a few days. As with any form of aesthetics procedure, there is also a possibility of more severe or confidence-draining side effects occurring and these can include things such as asymmetrical lips, ulceration, prolonged swelling and tissue necrosis.
Every effort will be made by Dr Rasha Clinic to ensure that your treatment goes as smoothly as possible and our patients seldom encounter any long-term problems with their lips following their procedure.
For the most part, lip fillers promise little recovery time and patients will be able to carry on with their routine as normal. Your lips will be given the best chance to heal if you follow a simple programme of aftercare, including avoiding strenuous exercise for a few days after treatment and refraining from applying makeup to the treated area for a short period.
To book in for a lip filler consultation at Dr Rasha Clinic, please contact us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 02037 462 211 or 07511 107 511 today.