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If your lips are lacking fullness and definition, treatments are available to plump up the pout and give your face more attractive proportion and balance. Lip augmentation procedures use injectable fillers to add volume to your lips, creating a more youthful and sensual appearance. If you are unhappy with the shape of your lips or are experiencing a loss of volume due to ageing, augmentation may be the procedure you are looking for.

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE USED IN LIP FILLERS?

The fillers used in lip augmentations utilise a modified form of a molecule that occurs naturally in your body. It is a type of sugar, known as a polysaccharide, that is found primarily in your skin tissue and cartilage. Polysaccharides have an incredible ability to bind to water – this molecule can retain nearly 1,000 times its own weight in water — and can help balances your skin’s hydration, keeping it at optimal levels without over-moisturising. When this molecule — found in nearly every cell in your body — binds to water, it creates a viscous gel that moisturises and lubricates everything from your skin to your joints and eyes.

When used in an injectable filler, this ingredient provides necessary support to the underlying dermis to plump the lips and smooth away wrinkles from the inside out. 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. Patients who choose lip augmentation are typically seeking to address:

  • Shape or asymmetry issues
  • Structure and loss of definition
  • Volume loss

WHAT DOES THE PROCEDURE INVOLVE?

Before your injections are administered, we will cleanse the skin and apply an anaesthetic (topical, local or nerve blocks) for analgesia. After Dr Khinda carefully marks the areas targeted for injection, a very thin tube called a catheter is used to inject the filler into your lips. This technique, which is not commonly used by all injectors, greatly minimises any post-treatment swelling and bruising. The procedure is quick and virtually painless, although you can apply ice to ease any temporary discomfort.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING THIS TYPE OF LIP FILLER?

Some of the benefits of using lip fillers containing the synthetic version of the water-retaining molecule include:

  • Better control over the amount of filler injected into each section of the lips, allowing for more accurate results
  • Progressive changes in lip volume, using a series of injection sessions to allow for more gradual results
  • Less swelling or bruising compared with other types of fillers
  • Any bumps or lumps that result from the movement of your lips are easily dissolved
  • If you are unhappy with the results of your filler treatment, this type of filler can be easily dissolved, reversing the effects
  • Allergic reactions are unlikely because the filler is made of a synthetic form of a substance that naturally occurs in the body

WHEN CAN I EXPECT RESULTS?

You will see immediate results after your injection procedure, although mild swelling may initially make your lips appear bigger than you wish. Give your lips at least 24 hours to adjust to their new shape while the swelling diminishes, and the filler settles into place.

HOW LONG DO RESULTS LAST?

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 injections 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 are formulated using a synthetic version of a molecule that is in your body, and they are temporary and even reversible when necessary. 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. As with any medical treatment, you may experience some side effects; the most common ones appear around the injection site and may include:

  • Hardness, lumps or bumps
  • Swelling or bruising
  • Redness or discolouration
  • Tenderness, pain or itching

These effects are usually mild and temporary, resolving on their own.

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. To further explore your options for lip augmentation, call Kaya Cosmedica today on 03 9329 9991 and schedule an appointment for a consultation.

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