I offer lip fillers at my Teddington clinic, sometimes known as lip augmentation or restoring lip volume.
So you’re thinking of getting your lips done..? Or maybe you’ve had them done before and you’ve been recommended to me..? Either way you need to know how I work, what products I use and if you should book a consultation or not
Even though its a clinical procedure, it’s quite a art.
Now i’ll be very upfront about this because it’s important that you know – I do not do big trout pout lips. I don’t think its attractive and I don’t believe it looks gorgeous. Lips should fit your face nicely and offer balance, not be overpowering or too obvious. Don’t get me wrong, I love a gorgeous pair of lucious lips and I’m very partial to a bright red lipstick myself but it’s important that your lips don’t look fake or ‘stuck on’. Assessment of your whole face is vital here.
What can be done with the lips?
A lot of people shudder at the thought of having their lips ‘done’ because often we have a image in our heads of massive lips which quite frankly look ridiculous. Hopefully you will be pleased to know – this is not a look I go for or promote. I want my clients to look gorgeous and feel great! Its all about ‘lip enhancement’.
My clients come to me for various lip issues:
The shape of the lips isn’t what it used to be.
Their lips aren’t symmetrical.
Their lipstick leaks into the lines & creases.
They have noticed a loss in volume of the body of the lips.
The philtrum is now flat due to loss of volume which causes a loss in shape.
They have smokers lines around the lips.
There is no cupids bow defining the lip shape.
Their oral commissures are lacking volume which creates a sad look.
These imperfections can be easily treated by injecting a small amount of dermal filler to plump up the lines or correct the shape, subtly.
What is a dermal filler?
Dermal fillers are gel substances and the main ingredient is Hyaluronic acid, found naturally in our joints as a lubricant. Hyaluronic acid is very hydrating, it draws on water which is great for our skin!
What dermal fillers do I use?
I use both Restylane and Juvederm dermal fillers for my lip procedures. Both brands are very well
known, have been around for many years and have lots of scientific research behind their formulationsand longevity. The product that is used on you will be chosen based on the results you require and your consultation.
How do lip fillers work?
Once the area is prepared the lip filler is gently injected directly into the lip. If more volume is required the lip filler will plump up the body of the lips or if correction to the shape of the lips is required definition will be created around the edges of the lips.
How long does a lip procedure take?
I always suggest to allow 45-60 minutes, 20 minutes of this will be preparation including cleansing and application of a anaesthetic numbing cream, for your comfort.
What happens at the lip augmentation appointment?
Presuming you have completed the consultation process and we both agree to go ahead, you would come along for you appointment, complete a consent form, allowing you time to ask any further questions and discuss your expectations again. Following this I would thoroughly clean the area and apply some anaesthetic cream, once this has taken effect small amounts of dermal filler are gently injected into the lip area. You will then be advised on how to look after your lips following the procedure and you’ll be given your aftercare advice.
Are there any side effects when having your lips done?
As with anything that involves a needle, there is always a risk of bruising. There may well be some slight discomfort during the treatment and they may feel tender afterwards. You are likely to get some swelling on the day, or the day after which will subside over the following few days.
How long will lip fillers last?
Dermal fillers last approximately six months. Over this time your body will naturally start to metabolise the lip filler and your lips will return to the way they were pre-procedure.
Does dermal fillers to the lips hurt?
This treatment isn’t pain-free. I apply a topical anaesthetic cream to numb the area to aid your comfort, but its important to know that this procedure isn’t relaxing. Even though i am regularly assured i am a gentle injector, some people do experience a little discomfort. The truth is, a needle is being used, so there will be a bit of a sting. The more relaxed you are the better.
How much does lip filler cost?
When will I see the results from lip fillers?
Immediately! There can be a little swelling on the day, but you should see the overall finish before you leave the clinic. I do advise that they will be at there best 3-4 weeks after though as they will have settled and the extra hydration from the dermal filler makes the lips area look even more gorgeous!
What are the side effects of lip fillers?
When there is a needle involved there is always a risk of bruising, however even though the lip area is extremely vascular (lots of blood supply and blood capillaries) this is very rare with my procedures. It is common to get a little swelling, some people swell a little immediately and others get a bit of swelling the following day. Your lips may also feel a little tender after your procedure. These and other rare side effects with be discussed with you during your consultation – it is important that you know all the possibilities, both positive and negative before you make your decison about going ahead.
Why should you choose The skin Nurse to do your lips?
Good question! Firstly, I love creating beautiful natural looking lips and promise too look after you before, during and after your procedure. For all the other important information you should consider, you can read more about me, my experience and qualifications here.
You will be given clear aftercare instructions both at your consultation and again at your procedure
appointment. It is vital that you follow these for best results. Generally you will be asked to avoid touching your lips or applying makeup for at least 24 hours, but mostly you can carry on as normal.
Top Tip for after you lip filler treatment:
Be careful with hot drinks for a couple of hours after your procedure incase the numbing cream is still active! You don’t want to burn yourself and probably don’t want to dribble either!
So, what now?
If you are considering lip fillers then now is the time to book in for a consultation, which is thorough if you come to me! (you can read all about it here). Then if you are suitable for treatment and we both feel I can achieve what you want, we can arrange a date for your procedure. This can be an exciting and apprehensive time but I will look after you.
Don’t forget you can see some of my work on my social media profiles.
Louise, The Skin Nurse. Based in Teddington, Richmond upon Thames, SW London.