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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, lip augmentation may be the procedure you are looking for.

WHAT ARE LIP INJECTIONS?

Lip injections are performed with the same injectable fillers we use to smooth wrinkles, contour the face and counteract volume loss. In some cases, we use exactly the same products in the lips as we would elsewhere in the face. In other cases, we utilise fillers made specifically for injection into the lips.

Lip fillers tend to be lightweight, have a softer and smoother consistency than other formulations, and use smaller particles of their active ingredient. The texture of the resulting formula is ideal for filling delicate and small lip areas with precision and detail. The gel spreads easily, reducing the risk of unwanted lumps and bumps, and integrates seamlessly into the tissue. Lip fillers are known for producing natural volume and natural expression in motion, without an overly firm feel.

Dermal fillers sometimes dissolve faster in facial areas where there is a lot of movement. This effect is especially noticeable in the lips, which are subject to a significant amount of movement (talking, smiling, chewing, etc.) each day. When we use fillers that are formulated specifically for lip injections, they may have greater longevity than other dermal fillers used for lip enhancement because they are designed to last in a high-movement area.

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 highlight and define the borders of your lips
  • You want to improve the shape of your lips or correct asymmetry
  • You want to create or enhance your Cupid’s bow
  • You want to improve the balance between your lips and other facial features
  • You want to reduce fine lines (“lipstick lines” or “smoker’s lines”) around your lips
  • You want softer, smoother lips
  • You want to improve lip hydration

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 IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIP FILLER AND A LIP FLIP?

A lip flip uses anti-wrinkle injections to relax the muscles that control the upper lip. This causes the lip to evert or ‘flip’ outwards, creating the illusion of a fuller pout without actually adding any volume. Results appear within a few days and last four to six weeks before retreatment is required.

Lip filler can provide all-over enhancement for the upper and/or lower lip by directly adding volume. The results can be subtle or dramatic, depending on your preference. Lip fillers can also improve lip border definition, enhance the Cupid’s bow and minimise fine lines. Results are immediate and can last up to one year.

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR LIP INJECTIONS?

In the hands of a qualified provider, lip fillers are generally a safe and straightforward procedure. However, there are steps you can take leading up to your treatment to increase your likelihood of a complication-free procedure. The following precautions can minimise your risk of bruising, bleeding and swelling after lip injections:

  • Avoid nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and aspirin
  • Avoid supplements that have a blood-thinning effect, such as fish oil, vitamin E or St. John’s Wort
  • Do not smoke or drink large quantities of alcohol in the days leading up to your appointment

Your provider may make additional recommendations based on your medical history or specific concerns. The closer you adhere to this guidance, the more likely it is that your lip injections will be safe, comfortable and successful.

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 to ensure your comfort during the procedure. Options include topical, injectable or a dental nerve block depending on your preference.

At Kaya Cosmedica, we prefer to perform lip injections with a cannula, 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, leading to a better result.

Many patients find this procedure is shorter and less painful than expected. It can easily be scheduled into a lunch hour and you may return to your daily activities as soon as it is done. Preliminary results are visible immediately, with minimal aftercare restrictions or requirements.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING CANNULAS IN FILLING LIPS?

A cannula is a blunt-tipped instrument used as an alternative to a sharp-tipped needle in injection treatments. A cannula is longer and more flexible than a traditional needle, allowing it to reach further and fill a larger area with only one entry point. The blunt tip causes less trauma underneath the skin and reduces the risk of the instrument piercing structures such as blood vessels.

Some additional 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
  • Less risk of inadvertent injection into a blood vessel
  • Improved patient comfort during treatment
  • Overall decreased downtime
  • Results last longer

For more information on cannulas vs. needles, see our blog post Why Use a Microcannula Instead of a Needle for Dermal Fillers?

WHERE CAN LIP FILLERS BE INJECTED?

Enhancing the lips doesn’t simply mean adding volume. The optimal approach to rejuvenation depends on each patient’s individual goals and anatomy. When we decide where to inject lip fillers, we consider multiple areas, and potentially multiple modalities. For example:

  • Filler in the Cupid’s bow can soften or define the “points”
  • Filler in the border of the lip can create a lifting/eversion effect
  • Filler in vertical lines around the lips can smooth out signs of ageing and improve makeup application
  • Filler in the philtrum can improve balance, symmetry, definition and youthfulness
  • Anti-wrinkle injections in the oral commissures can lift the corners of the mouth
  • Anti-wrinkle injections around the upper lip border can “flip” the upper lip

There are at least 15 different anatomical zones in this area and many possible injection sites. This is one of the many reasons we remind our South Melbourne patients that it is critical to choose a reputable cosmetic practice and an experienced clinical doctor to perform lip injections.

IS DOWNTIME REQUIRED AFTER LIP INJECTIONS?

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. Over the next two weeks, the filler will integrate into your natural lip tissues to achieve the final result. We offer a complimentary review appointment at our South Melbourne skin clinic at the two-week mark to assess the outcome and make any necessary adjustments.

lip fillers patient before and after

HOW LONG DO RESULTS LAST?

Lip fillers are not permanent. The filler is metabolised by the body and its plumping effect gradually fades. 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 lip injections are 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 OF LIP INJECTIONS?

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.

Visit our blog to learn more about dissolving lip fillers.

WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR LIP FILLERS?

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. Filler injections are not recommended for people who have a known allergy or sensitivity to the material, have inflammation or an active infection near the site of injection, have a bleeding disorder, are breastfeeding or pregnant or have certain medical conditions.

A face-to-face consultation with Dr Khinda or another provider 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.

WHAT OTHER TREATMENTS CAN ENHANCE LIP FILLERS?

The careful placement of a combination of injectables can enhance your natural beauty in a subtle yet impactful way. At Kaya Cosmedica, we often combine dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections to contour areas of the face, restore volume, minimise lines and highlight favourite features. This approach offers patients a rejuvenated look with the benefits of rapid results and minimal recovery time. It is sometimes referred to as a liquid facelift or nonsurgical facelift.

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 SOUTH 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 anti-ageing treatments and rejuvenation techniques, including dermal filler injections for lip augmentation, anti-wrinkle injections, laser treatments and other enhancements for the face.

To further explore your options for lip augmentation in South Melbourne, call Kaya Cosmedica today on 03 9329 9991 or use our convenient online booking system to schedule an appointment for a consultation.

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