WHAT IS LIP ENHANCEMENT?
Lip enhancement is one of our specialties at The Clinic. We take a constructively aesthetic approach to augmenting your lips and use state-of-the-art products and procedures. Done with dermal fillers, lip enhancement involves skilfully deciding on insertion points and volumes to be used in your lips to achieve a particular shape.
Decades ago, collagen was the only product available for lip enhancement; now we have products that are far more stable, long-lasting and bodily neutral.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Lip enhancement can give you a more defined smile; prevent lipstick bleeding; enhance pout; it can turn the corners of the mouth upwards to create a happier expression; and it can make you look much younger.
We can create a range of results, the most popular being:
- An enhanced 'Cupid's Bow'
- A stronger border around the edge of your lips
- Fuller lips
- Softened vertical upper lip lines
WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
We favour low-risk, biocompatible dermal fillers used for wrinkle treatment in our lip enhancement procedures, however some common and minor side effects include:
- Redness, itching and swelling at the injection sites
- Bruising, which can last between 2 and 10 days
Additionally, if you have lip enhancement performed by a non-skilled technician, you run the risk of getting an uneven result, disproportionate lips or hard lumps. Some people are prone to more serious side effects; however at The Clinic we conduct extensive background checks and complete a full medical history as well as allergy testing to ensure that the risk of developing any of the following complications is close to zero:
- Allergic reactions to either the anaesthetic used to numb the lips or the substance itself
- Some systemic conditions like diabetes, lupus, clotting problems and infections will cause slow healing at the injection sites
If you have recurrent cold sores, a facial nerve disorder or severe hypertension, lip enhancement with dermal fillers may not be your best solution. Talk to us about how we may still be able to fulfil your cosmetic aims at your initial consultation.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
A single treatment every 9-12 months is needed to maintain results.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING MY TREATMENT?
Lip enhancement is performed with dermal fillers, a biocompatible substance that is injected strategically into areas in and around the lips.
The usual procedure for lip enhancement clients is:
- You'll speak with one of our doctors about your background and medical history at your initial consultation.
- After hearing your goals for your lips, the doctor will formulate an enhancement plan, determining which part of your lips will be enhanced.
At your lip enhancement appointment:
You'll have a local anaesthetic cream and/or injection applied to your lips. While it is working, the doctor or nurse will map out the pre-determined areas of your lips to be treated. The injections are administered and cold packs are applied immediately afterwards
IS IT PAINFUL?
There are many nerve endings in your lips so local anaesthesia is always recommended for a lip enhancement procedure. Without local anaesthesia, we would rate the pain at around 2.5/10. With local anaesthesia, the pain rating is reduced to around 0.5/10.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER MY TREATMENT?
Your lips will initially be a little swollen; you should see the 'real' results after about 3 days. You will be able to return to work and wear makeup immediately after your appointment.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS SHOULD I TAKE PRE AND POST TREATMENT?
There is no downtime required for a lip enhancement and you can resume normal activities immediately. However you should avoid the following for 24 hours:
- Strenuous exercise
- Consumption of alcohol
It is also recommended to avoid the following for two weeks:
- Extended exposure to sun or uv light
- Extended exposure to heat or freezing temperatures
Exposure to any of the above may cause temporary redness, swelling, and/or itching at the injection sites. If you have swelling at the injection site you can apply an ice pack for a brief period to help with discomfort.
We always recommend the use of sunscreen to prevent sun damage to the skin. Sunscreen with SPF 30 or above should be used daily. If you are under the sun for prolonged periods of time, sunscreen needs to be reapplied at least once every two hours.