Lip Fillers

Pillowy pouts have taken over pop culture, but the appreciation for full, luscious lips is centuries old. Cultures around the world have long admired shapely lips for their beauty, youthfulness and voluptuousness. However, the passage of time can bring about changes that diminish the lips’ pleasing proportions. Even before the ageing process has begun, some lips are naturally thin or out of balance with the rest of the face.

The development of nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, including dermal fillers, has seen an increasing number of men and women able to seek treatments that enhance their features without the need for surgery. If your lips are lacking fullness and definition, several procedures are available to add volume to your lips. Amongst the most popular of these treatments are injectable fillers to plump up the pout and give your face more attractive proportions.

Lip augmentation procedures use injectable fillers to add volume to your lips, creating a more youthful and sensual appearance. Little to no downtime is needed, and improvements are noticeable immediately after treatment. If you are unhappy with the size or shape of your lips or are experiencing a loss of volume due to ageing, augmentation may be the procedure you are looking for.

What Can Lip Fillers Improve?

There are a variety of reasons Kaya Cosmedica patients seek lip enhancement through injectable fillers. Some have naturally thin lips and wish to add volume for a fuller and more sensuous look. Some wish to correct asymmetry or reduce fine lines around or on the lip. Some wish to emulate the plump pout of a beloved beauty icon. Others are motivated by a desire to strengthen their confidence and self-esteem.

For more mature patients, injectable fillers offer anti-ageing benefits that can restore a more youthful appearance. Genetics, environmental factors, lifestyle choices and the natural ageing process lead to a number of changes to the lips and the skin around the mouth, including volume loss, reduced projection of the cupid’s bow, loss of definition at the vermilion border and the development of fine lines and wrinkles.

Lip fillers are a popular and safe lip enhancement procedure that can offer attractive results for patients of all ages. You may wish to consider injectable fillers if:

  • You want to increase the volume of thin lips
  • You want to restore fullness and definition to ageing lips
  • You want to improve the shape of your lips or correct asymmetry
  • You want to improve the balance between your lips and other facial features
  • You want softer, smoother lips
  • You want to reduce fine lines (“lipstick lines” or “smoker’s lines”) around your lips

What Ingredients Are Used In Lip Fillers?

The fillers used in lip augmentations are formulated with a modified form of a molecule that occurs naturally in your body. It is a type of sugar, known as hyaluronic acid, that is found primarily in your skin tissue and cartilage. Hyaluronic acids have an incredible ability to bind to water. In fact, a single molecule can retain nearly 1,000 times its own weight in water, making it an excellent hydrator that nourishes your skin. When bound to water, these molecules create a viscous gel that moisturises and lubricates everything from your skin to your joints and eyes.

As a key element of injectable fillers, this ingredient provides necessary support to the underlying dermis to plump the lips and smooth away wrinkles from the inside out. Serious complications are rare, as it mimics a naturally occurring substance in the body, and the fillers are easily absorbed by the body over a period of months. Fillers also contain a local anaesthetic to reduce any pain or discomfort during treatment significantly.

How Do Lip Fillers Work?

The active ingredient in lip fillers binds to the water in your body, resulting in a malleable gel that shapes and supports the tissue in your lips, plumping them and improving their appearance. Over time, your body will naturally break down and absorb the ingredients of the filler. Ongoing treatments are therefore required to maintain your results.

What Does The Procedure Involve?

To begin, the lip is cleansed with antiseptic. A device is used to mark out veins to reduce the risk of bruising. Anaesthetic is used, options include topical, injectable or a dental nerve block depending on patient preference. A cannula is used which reduces the risk of bleeding and swelling, and is safer overall compared to using a needle. Rejuvenating the lips with a cannula is an advanced technique that allows for more precise placement of filler, resulting in a better result.

What Are The Benefits Of Using Cannulas in Filling Lips?

Some of the benefits of using cannulas to deliver lip fillers include:

  • Less risk of swelling or bruising
  • The injector has better control over the amount of filler injected into each section of the lips, allowing for more precise placement
  • Less risk of bumps or lumps in the lips
  • Overall decreased downtime
  • Results last longer

Is Downtime Required?

Little to no downtime is needed after receiving lip fillers. You may experience some swelling, bruising and soreness after your appointment. This is normal, particularly within the first 24 to 48 hours. Some patients are comfortable returning to work and routine activities right away. Others prefer to wait a day or two to allow the most acute swelling or bruising to subside. Be sure to plan ahead and account for these possible side effects if you are scheduling injections before a wedding or other major event.

When Can I Expect Results?

You will see immediate results after your procedure, although mild swelling may initially make your lips appear bigger than you wish. Give your lips at least 48 hours to adjust to their new shape while the swelling diminishes and the filler settles into place.
lip fillers patient before and after

How Long Do Results Last?

The longevity of lip fillers is dependent on several factors and varies from patient to patient. The effects of your lip augmentation may last up to 12 months. Because it is a temporary treatment, you will need to continue to undergo subsequent treatments to maintain the shape and volume of your lips. However, with a regularly-scheduled treatment program, you can enjoy your positive results as long as you wish.

What Are The Risks?

Lip fillers used at Kaya Cosmedica are high grade non permanent hyaluronic acid fillers that are reversible if required. It is vital that your filler procedure is performed by an experienced injector as this has a direct effect on the quality of your results. Lip filler treatments are safe and nearly painless, as they contain a local anaesthetic in their formulation in order to maximise comfort, but like any medical treatment, side effects are possible. The most common side effects associated with lip fillers appear around the injection site and may include:

  • Swelling or bruising
  • Redness
  • Tenderness
  • Lumps

These effects are usually mild and temporary, and usually self resolve.

What If I Change My Mind?

Injectable lip fillers are temporary. Your results will disappear naturally with time if you are unhappy with the outcome or decide you no longer wish to enhance your lips. For a faster effect, the filler can be dissolved with an enzyme that breaks down the filler at an accelerated rate, within 24-48 hours. In either case, your lips will return to their pre-treatment size and shape.

Who Is A Candidate?

Many people who are interested in lip augmentation are candidates for lip fillers. Ideal candidates for the treatment are physically healthy, and have realistic goals and expectations for the outcome of the procedure. A face to face consultation with Dr Khinda at Kaya Cosmedica is the best way for us to evaluate your suitability for this procedure, learn more about your aesthetic goals and preferences, and develop a personalised treatment plan for your lip enhancement.

Is Lip Enhancement Only For Women?

Absolutely not! It’s not just women who are seeking cosmetic treatments to improve their appearance and defy ageing. Lip enhancement procedures are increasingly popular among men, although the treatment goals for male patients often differ from the treatment goals of our female clients. Lip fillers for men tend to focus more on shaping the face, rather than just increasing lip volume, to create a look that is youthful but masculine. The technique takes into account men’s aesthetic preferences and unique anatomy to bring balance to the face through subtle improvements that look natural. In addition to enhancing the masculine proportions and structure of the face, lip fillers offer the same anti-ageing advantages to male clients as they do to female clients. Mature men and women alike can benefit from the added volume, more defined borders, and reduced appearance of lines and wrinkles that lip fillers can provide.

Do Lip Fillers Look And Feel Natural?

Many clients considering lip fillers are concerned about their results being overdone or unnatural (a look that has popularly been branded “duck lips” or “trout pout”). In the hands of an experienced and skilled injector, the results of lip augmentation can look subtle and natural. Initial swelling after treatment may make your lips appear larger and more firm than you would like. Know that this is temporary and not your final result. When your lips have fully recovered, they should feel no different than they did before injections. A natural look is best achieved by starting with a smaller amount of filler and gradually increasing the size of your lips over time. Discuss your desired results thoroughly during your consultation so you and your injector can decide what will best flatter your features.

Who Should Perform Lip Injections?

Achieving beautiful, natural lip enhancement is both a science and art, and choosing the right injector for your procedure is key to ensuring your experience is as smooth as possible. Skilled injectors have extensive training and experience, and stay up to date with the latest advancements in the procedure. But mastery of technique is not all that matters. The best injectors also have an eye for aesthetics, allowing them to artfully craft results that complement each patient’s unique facial features and achieve their desired outcomes. Ask friends and family members for personal recommendations. Read patient testimonials about practitioners online. Review before and after photos to find results you like. Make an appointment for a consultation to find out if you’re the right fit. The lips are one of the most delicate parts of the face as well as one of the face’s main focal points – careful consideration before undergoing lip augmentation is a must.

Where to Get Natural Lip Enhancement in Melbourne

Whether you are seeking a way to address lip shape, asymmetry or volume, injectable lip filler treatments may be the solution. By using advanced techniques, Dr Khinda can provide a more positive, comfortable treatment experience for patients. Dr Khinda’s career has spanned multiple fields of medicine, including women’s health and emergency medicine, but her primary focus is cosmetic medicine. This specialty allows Dr Khinda to combine her passion for aesthetics with her passion for transforming patient’s lives through medicine. In her personal life, Dr Khinda continues to hone her aesthetic eye through interests in art, interior design and architecture.

Combining years of experience with her artistic sensibility, Dr Khinda delivers results that are beautiful, natural and customised to complement each patient’s unique features. She is particularly interested in nonsurgical rejuvenation techniques, including dermal filler treatments for lip augmentation and other enhancements of the face. To further explore your options for lip augmentation, call Kaya Cosmedica today on 03 9329 9991 or use our convenient online booking system to schedule an appointment for a consultation.

*Providing accurate information on medical procedures is extremely important to Kaya Cosmedica. All content on this website has been reviewed by Dr Parvin Khinda before being published. For more information on Lip Enhancement, please use the contact form below to get in touch.

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