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What is lip filler and how long do they last?

What is lip filler and how long do they last

Let’s talk lip fillers.

Lip fillers have been big news for years now, however, the trends are now forever changing.

With the likes of Katie Price headlining the lips and dermal fillers trend it very quickly caught on with a flurry of ladies following suit. However, as the fillers began to flow this soon became known as the trout pout as ladies began to obsess with ‘the bigger, the better!’

But now the ‘Trout Pout is Out!’ with celebrities such as Molly Mae advocating elective dissolving and bringing natural back. Many celebrities have followed suit, with some indulging in only a little filler in the lips to create a ‘subtle enhancement’ such as Michelle Keegan. We love this! However, don’t be fooled, this is not the end of lip fillers!

We are still seeing a variety of new lip filler trends such as Doll lips as seen by the likes of Megan Fox and Geordie Shore’s Charlotte Crosby. But the new million-dollar trend taking the industry by storm has to be Russian lips, giving an elegant ‘flat but full’ appearance. This was brought to our attention by none other than the Kardashians themselves, and let’s face it, we all know what Kylie Jenner does, we do!

What is lip filler?

So, many of us have had dermal fillers whether this be in our lips, cheeks, jaw, or even our nose. But do you actually know what it is? So let me get technical for a moment. Dermal filler treatments work by boosting the skin’s supply of hyaluronic acid and may help to increase collagen, adding volume to the skin by attracting and binding water, instantly diminishing the appearance of lines and facial wrinkles, and giving a natural softer look. When used they can create a real lip lift!

Dermal fillers are a soft injectable gel consisting of non-animal hyaluronic acid. The gel is tissue-friendly and closely resembles the hyaluronic acid that exists naturally in the body. It is long-lasting but not permanent. The perfect substance to add volume to those pouty lips!

Many individuals choose to have lip fillers to increase self confidence and generally support mental health. Lip augmentation can help to make people feel more confident. Lip filler usually only takes around 30 minutes from arrival and numbing to being injected.

So, how long do lip fillers last?

Lip filler will typically last between 6-12 months.  The dermal filler treatments consist of Hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance composed of a sugar molecule, it is deemed non-permanent as it will eventually dissolve naturally and be excreted by the body. Some factors can quicken this process such as exposure to UV rays or higher amounts of exercise (increased metabolism), these will encourage the hyaluronic acid fillers in the lips to break down quicker. There is no set time that lip fillers last for or how much filler you should have, it depends on many factors.

Do lip fillers hurt?

The question everyone wants to know! And the question you will never get one answer for! Everyone will have a different experience based on their practitioner and their own pain threshold. Does their practitioner numb? How long for? How do they handle pain? For me, lip fillers are not a pleasant experience, however, I am not good with pain! Others I have known to sail through and near enough fall asleep. So, it really is a case of suck and see!! You may be wondering how long do fillers hurt for, there is no set answer but usually between 12 and 24 hours.

Some practitioners may use a local anaesthetic injection to reduce pain during the lip filler injections, others may use numbing cream on the treatment area. If you are at all worried about your dermal fillers treatment, you should discuss this with your practitioner. They can be honest about any risk factors before creating your new luscious lips!

Before your treatment, the practitioner may show you some examples of lips following the procedure. It is important to have realistic expectations of the procedure and remember that results can vary depending on factors such as mouth shape.

How long does lip filler swelling last?

Unfortunately, there can be a period of down time after lip injections. This can include minimal side effects such as swelling, bruising and even the odd lump around the injection sites. Practitioners always advise to allow two weeks for lip fillers and possible side effects to settle before the final result can really be seen. But what if small lumps of filler around your lips still persist following the 2-week mark? How do you massage these lumps?

Firstly, you are always advised to speak with your practitioner before taking any action to remedy the lumps, this will reduce any other potential risks. At this stage your practitioner may advise you to gently massage the lumps between your index finger and thumb after warming the area with a heated flannel. This may just soften the lumps around your lips. If they persist, then it’s a job for the professional!!

The initial results of your lip fillers will have more volume than the actual results from the treatment. To reduce pain from bruising, you should not drink alcohol and drink plenty of water instead. To reduce the risks of bruising, you should avoid vitamin E in the first few days after your dermal filler treatment.

So, lip fillers…would you or wouldn’t you? Contact us for more information.

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