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.
What Is Lip Enhancement?
Performed 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 Of Lip Enhancement?
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 Of Lip Enhancement?
We favour low-risk, biocompatible dermal fillers in our lip enhancement procedures, however on rare occasion side effects can include:
- Redness, itching or swelling at the injection sites.
- Minor 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 fulfill your cosmetic aims at your initial consultation.
How Many Lip Enhancement Treatments Will I Need?
A single treatment every 9-12 months is needed to maintain results.
What Happens During My Lip Enhancement Treatment?
Lip enhancement is performed with dermal fillers, a biocompatible substance that is injected strategically into areas in and around the lips.
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 Lip Enhancement 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 3/10. With local anaesthesia, the pain rating is reduced to around 2/10.
What Can I Expect After My Lip Enhancement Treatment?
Much of the difference you see after your lip enhancement will be due to mild swelling; the real results become evident after 3-5 days. There is no downtime to dermal filler injections and you will be able to wear makeup and return to work 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.
Whilst we have seen amazing results from this treatment, please know that results vary and we cannot make guarantees. We recommend coming and speaking to our registered nurses for an in-depth consultation. They will discuss in detail how the treatment works, whether it will be right for your skin type and the expected results in line with your skin goals.