Lip Fillers Q&A
Lip fillers and non surgical cosmetic procedures have become increasingly popular over the past few years, due to social media, and celebrities such as Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian and Megan Fox, just to name a few.
Filler can be used in the lips to not only add volume but to correct asymmetry, correct proportions of the lips, add definition to the lip border as well as changing the shape of the lips.
We've put together a beginners guide on everything you need to know about lip fillers (also commonly known as lip enhancement, lip augmentation, lip injections).
So, what are lip fillers?
Lip filler (lip augmentation, lip enhancement , lip injections) is a non surgical cosmetic procedure that aims to enhance the appearance of the lips by increasing their fullness, adding volume & definition, as well as hydrating, softening & decreasing wrinkles around the mouth.
This procedure is done using cosmetic fillers, which are made out of natural-occurring sugar substances that are found in the body.
Who is a candidate for lip filler?
How long do lip fillers last?
The longevity of the filler is dependent on what type of filler used and the area that the filler is being injected in to.
Typically in the lips, filler longevity can range from anywhere between 6 to 18 months. In general, the more treatments and fillers you get the longer the product starts to last.
Filler naturally breaks down over time. Compared to many other areas, this process is accelerated in areas with high muscle movements such as the lips - simply because you use your lips everyday to talk, eat, drink et cetera. Metabolism also comes into play with how long filler lasts, in patients who are more active, it tends to be resorbed quicker than in those who are more sedentary.
Are there any side effects with getting lip filler?
Common side effects of lip filler are swelling and bruising. Swelling will start to subside by day 4 but may last up to 2-4 weeks post treatment.
Bruising will typically last a couple of days but is usually easily covered with some makeup.
Occasionally, there might be some small lumps and bumps in the lips which usually smooth out on their own or can be massaged out.
What to do/avoid before and after?
We recommend to avoid supplements and medications* that thin the blood 1 week prior.
Common things to avoid include aspirin, ibuprofen (Nurofen etc) and other non-inflammatory pain killers, fish oil, Vitamin E and alcohol.
After your treatment, we advise no makeup on or around the lips for 4 hours and heavy exercise.
*Please consult your regular doctor for advise before stopping your prescribing medications.
How many mLs will I need?
This again varies individually with factors such as lip size & treatment goal as major influencing factors.
If you are wanting a subtle enhancement/hydration, you may be happy with 1mL in the lips, however if you're lips are quite small and you're wanting Kylie Jenner lips than you'll be looking at around 3-4 mls over a course of a few months.
All lip treatments can be done 4 weekly apart until we reach your desired outcomes.
How much do lip fillers cost?
National cost for lip fillers is anywhere between $400-$900 per ml. If your paying any less than $400 per ml it should make you a little cautious.
Cheap filler is not good filler, and good filler is never cheap.
At the Eleventh Heaven, 1mL of lip filler typically costs $450 and above.
Does getting lip filler hurt?
Here at Eleventh Heaven, we use medical grade topical anaesthetic to numb the lips prior to injecting.
The fillers we used also contain local anaesthetics which will numb the area even more as we inject.
Overall, the procedure it quite painless and bearable.
What does having filler in the lips feel like?
When the lips are first injected they can feel slightly tight and firm. As the swelling starts to subside and the products start to integrate with your lip tissues, they will feel natural and usual again.
The most important step to lip enhancement is finding the right doctor. Find a Doctor, Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon that specialises in Aesthetic Medicine. Do you research, read reviews, check out before and after photos, and book in a consultation and flood them with your questions.
At Eleventh Heaven, Dr Ricky Sia conducts an in depth 30 minutes consultation for all patients before all procedures. During this consultation, a full aesthetic facial assessment, understanding and evaluation of personal goals and suitability for the treatment will be discussed thoroughly. Any questions or concerns are welcome and encouraged during this time, to ensure you're well informed and optimistic about your treatment.
Whether you are wanting a subtle hydrated look or a more plumper, fuller pout, Dr Ricky can design them all.
If you're interested in having your lips injected by Dr Ricky Sia, please contact us (07) 3108 9618 to book in a consultation.