Do lip injections hurt?

Article medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic physician, liposuctionist)

Dr. Gavin Chan

Templestowe Lower and Berwick Clinics

Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2004, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction, fat transfer, skin needling, and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.
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You’re not sure when you first thought seriously about getting your lips done. Maybe it was when you saw the reality TV star showing off her new lips. Or perhaps it was when you caught up with your friends. After a few drinks, the conversation turned to the types of things you’d like to change about your face. So over the last few months, you’ve been searching online for the best way to enhance your lips. You know that lip injection treatment can help you achieve fuller, more sensual lips and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around your lips. Yet the more you search online for temporary lip fillers, the more you see people talking about their experiences with lip injections. And then you read that blog post that you can’t get out of your mind. That one that said lip injections hurt!

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What are lip injections made of?

If you’re going to have a lip procedure, it’s important to know what the composition is. After all, you don’t want something in your body that’s going to be harmful. Since 2005, the Victorian Cosmetic Institute has focused on providing lip procedures that balance out and contour your lips to your desired lip shape – all with minimal pain and bruising. We only use temporary fillers in your lips that are made from hyaluronic acid. This natural, sugar based substance helps to absorb water and replaces volume in areas where volume has been lost. It can also be used in areas where you’ve been naturally deficient in volume.

In Australia, there are several lip filler brands our lip injecting practitioners can use. We’re not able to names these products due to Therapeutic Goods Administration rules.

What will your lips look like after lip injections?

If you’ve seen the ‘after photos’ of Hollywood celebrities who have had their lips done, you’ve seen the good, bad and very strange lip results. Which is why the Victorian Cosmetic Institute’s highly trained cosmetic doctors and nurses take the time to discuss what you would like to achieve. We take great care to ensure that your lips will be aesthetically pleasing and that they fit your face appropriately. Using the latest lip injecting techniques we can help you maintain a fresh, youthful look that is authentically you.

At your consultation with one of our medical staff, we consider how to enhance your lips and balance out the areas that are concerning you. For example, if you have a small face, eyes and nose, smaller lips may be more suitable as having over enhanced lips could result in an unnatural appearance.

Our experienced lip injectors trained by Dr Gavin Chan, take a great deal of care to avoid the ‘duck lips’ or ‘trout pout’ that signals to the world you’ve had your lips done. We then advise you on the treatment areas and types of fillers to use. This includes price, after care and possible side effects of your filler treatment.

The most common area of the lips to enhance is the body of the lip. We can balance out your top and bottom lips by adding volume and everting the inside of your lip out slightly. When the philtrum (the two lines that connect your upper lip to your nose) is enhanced, your upper lip will have more curve and shape so it appears more sensual.

Using lip injections in the vermillion border of your lip (between your skin and lip surface) we can define and enhance your lip. The effect of this treatment is similar to wearing a lip liner. Your lip treatment can also soften and smooth vertical upper lip lines.

The Victorian Cosmetic Institute can also help add volume to the corners of your mouth. During the ageing process this area loses volume, resulting in a downward turned mouth. Enhancing this area with dermal fillers will help your lips turn upwards so you appear happier and more youthful.

Another lip filler treatment area to consider is your cupid’s bow – the V shaped area in the centre of your upper lip. Using fillers here will add plumpness and improve the shape of your lips.

While lip enhancement can improve your lips and make your mouth fuller and more youthful looking, it won’t be able to change the shape of your lips entirely. Book your consultation with Victorian Cosmetic Institute by calling us on 1300 863 824.

Methods to minimise lip filler bruising and pain

When you’ve made the decision to get your lips done, it’s important that you look and feel great. But you also want to feel confident that you can still go to work and have a social life after the treatment without feeling self-conscious. At the Victorian Cosmetic Institute it’s very important to us that you have a positive experience with your lip enhancement. We use all appropriate methods available to help minimise discomfort and bruising.

The techniques we use during your lip treatment include:
Ice: Pain and temperature sensation travel along the same nerve pathway. When we use ice on your lips and skin before the dermal injections you will feel less pain.
Local anaesthetic cream: Before your lip injections, we can apply local anaesthetic cream to your skin to help numb it.
Inhaled anaesthetic gas: Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is commonly during labour and is also used for dental procedures. The effect of the inhaled anaesthetic gases we use during your lip procedure tends to wear off quickly so you don’t have any lingering effects once it’s over.
Combining local anaesthetic and lip fillers: Some fillers come with local anaesthetic agents already built in while others can be mixed with a local anaesthetic. This will help you feel less sting while the product is injected,

Lip fillers using cannulas minimise bruising and pain

We know that if you’ve read the stories about bruising and pain, you may be feeling a bit anxious about what you’re going to experience when you get lip fillers. Traditionally dermal fillers were injected using needles to pierce the skin and inject the substance into subcutaneous tissue. The Victorian Cosmetic Institute prefers to use cannulas over needles as they give you less bruising and a shorter recovery period.

Our cannula technique has the following advantages:
• A needle can’t discern what it’s going through, and will pierce through anything in the skin or in the subcutaneous tissue. A round-ended cannula, allows your practitioner to feel each structure as it passes through. If resistance happens, an alternative pathway is found. This means you will experience much less bruising than a needle and can avoid damage to your veins and arteries.
• Cannulas are longer than needles, which mean your practitioner, can fill in a number of areas on your face from one single entry point. This results in less bruising and trauma to your skin, with a better and smoother result.

You can view some before and after photos using the cannula lip filler technique here

What to do at home after your lips have been injected

After you’ve had your filler treatment and admired the results, the Victorian Cosmetic Institute suggests that you use ice packs on your lips after your treatment. This will reduce any likelihood of swelling. We also suggest you avoid strenuous exercise and UV exposure for at least 48 hours after your lip treatment. If your lips feel dry, we suggest you use a lip balm.

Products to use on your lips after they’ve been enhanced

Because you’ve taken the time to improve the look of your lips, you’ll want to look after them. After your lip procedure, PCA Peptide Lip Therapy is an ideal hydrating lip treatment. The Shea butter keeps your lips soft while the next generation peptide stimulates collagen production to reduce the appearance of lip lines. You can buy PCA Peptide Lip Therapy at our online shop here

INIKA Vegan Lipsticks help define and enhance your lips and come in a range of 12 shades. With a creamy and flawless application, your lips will get nourishment and hydration from certified organic Avocado and Jojoba Seed oils. You can buy INIKA Vegan Lipstick at our online shop here

How to get natural looking temporary lip fillers in Melbourne

If you’ve been wondering how lip augmentation can help restore volume to your lips, reduce wrinkles and redefine your natural lip line, we’d love to help you. Find out how the Victorian Cosmetic Institute, led by Dr Gavin Chan can help you get the natural, plump lips you’ve been dreaming about.

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