What you really need to know about lip fillers

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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Coming up to a milestone birthday, you want to look your best. With the venue booked and invitations sent out, it’s time to figure out what to wear. As you try on outfits, you feel good. For the last few months you’ve ramped up your exercise routine and paid attention to your diet. And it’s worked! But as you look closely at yourself in the mirror, you notice the one thing that’s been bothering you for a while – your lips.

lip fillers what you need to know

Since you were young, your lips have always been ‘on the thin’ side. But as you’re approaching your milestone birthday, they’ve lost volume. When you get home you start lip filler research. A few of your friends have had lip filler treatments and they look amazing. And while you’re pretty certain you’re going to book lip filler treatment in, you want to find out more.

During your research you find out that lips get thin as a natural part of the ageing process. Over time, you experience a natural decrease in collagen. This results in your lips becoming thinner and less defined. Young lips stay full because younger skin contains a lot of naturally occurring molecules which keeps your lips plump and moist from the inside out.

You also discover that the ageing process affects facial bone structure. Your upper jawbones that support your lips start to lose their volume, due to reabsorption into your body. Without the volume support of your jawbones, your upper lip will appear flatter and thinner. Furrows and lines around the lip area occur over time due to habitual mouth expressions like pursing or smiling. These so-called ‘smokers’ lines’ around the lips can happen even if you have never smoked. Habitual puckering of your lips, drinking from straws or dehydration can result in your lips appearing sunken.

How are your lips assessed?

During your lip assessment consultation with our medical staff, they will pay close attention to your lip shape, proportions and the balance of your lower and upper lips. It’s important to note that lip shape and volume need to suit your face. Over enhancing lips for a patient with a smaller face, nose or eyes will create an unnatural appearance.

During your lip filler consultation, your expectations will be discussed. We take a ‘less is more’ approach with a focus on:

  • Adding volume to balance your lower and upper lips,
  • Enhancing plumpness in the centre of your upper lip,
  • Enhancing and defining your lip border,
  • Reducing fine lines around your lips, and
  • Addressing your downward turned mouth by adding volume to the corners.

As a general rule, the bottom lip should be larger than the top lip with the upper lip protruding slightly when viewed from the side. We take a great deal of care to avoid “Hollywood style” or “trout pout” lips that usually signify an over injection of lip fillers by inexperienced, under trained injectors. You can see some before and after lip filler treatment photos here

Since 2005, our qualified and highly trained cosmetic doctors and nurses have performed thousands of lip filler treatments. Using the latest lip injecting techniques and the best dermal fillers, we can help you maintain a fresh, youthful look that is authentically you.

We can use lip fillers in the vermillion border of your lip (between your skin and lip surface) to enhance and define your lip. Our patients like this lip filler treatment, as the effect is similar to wearing a lip liner. We can also soften and smooth your vertical upper lip lines using lip filler. During the ageing process, volume loss at the corners of your mouth can result in a downward turning mouth. Enhancing this area with lip fillers helps your lips turn upwards, helping you feel younger and look happier.

It’s important to note that while lip filler treatment can improve your lip volume and definition, you won’t be able to change the shape of your lips entirely.

How much lip filler is required?

Your lip enhancement will typically be performed using injectable dermal fillers. Dermal fillers are composed of a clear gel substance that is naturally found in the skin. Due to Therapeutic Goods Administration rules, we can’t name the products we use.

Different types of lip fillers produce different results. The main differences between the fillers are their longevity, thickness and viscosity. Thicker dermal fillers usually last longer than the smoother, finer fillers. At your consultation, our cosmetic doctors and cosmetic nurses will tailor your lip filler treatment to suit your needs. We determine the best type of filler, the volume of lip filler required and the price. Our medical staff will also advise you of any side effects and the after care required.

It’s important to note that pricing and required mls will vary for each patient. You can see some examples of lip filler pricing and mls required here

What else is considered when treating the lip area?

At your lip filler consultation, your cosmetic nurse or cosmetic doctor will discuss and carefully evaluate your medical background. Side effects may occur if you’re currently suffering from:

  • Active infection or inflammation,
  • Facial nerve disorders
  • Auto immune disease,
  • Bleeding disorders,
  • Recurrent herpes simplex lesions, or
  • A history of multiple allergies.

Lip filler after care

After you’ve had your lip filler procedure, we suggest you use ice packs around your lip area. Avoid placing the cold ice directly onto your lips. For the first 48 hours after your lip filler treatment, we suggest you avoid strenuous exercise and UV exposure.

At home we suggest you follow these tips:

  • To reduce discomfort or swelling, elevate your head with pillows. Avoid laying face down for at least 7 days.
  • Avoid massaging or squeezing the treated lip area for at least 7 days. Doing so could change your lip filler results.
  • Use sunscreen that offers at sun protection factor of SPF 30 or more. When you go outside, wear a hat to give your lips and face extra sun protection. La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL 50+ Ultra Light Fluid 50ml offers very high, broad, photostable UVA/UVB protection. The ultra light, non-greasy formula is also water resistant.
  • Avoid taking Ibuprofen based products, Aspirin, St John’s Wort, Vitamin E (including any multivitamins with Vitamin E), Omega-3 and Flaxseed Oils, Fish and Krill Oils, Garlic, Gingko, Glucosamine and Ginseng.
  • Gently wash the treated area with soap and water. Arnica can be applied to the treated area.

The best products to use after lip filler treatment

After you’ve had your lips injected with dermal fillers, we suggest you keep them hydrated. PCA Peptide Lip Therapy is the ultimate hydrating lip treatment. The Shea butter softens and maintains lip moisture while the BMX complex (a proprietary blend of tomato and barley) hydrates lips. Palmitoyl tripeptide-38 helps minimise the appearance of lip lines. You can get PCA Peptide Lip Therapy at our online shop here

To enhance and define your lips, we suggest using INIKA Vegan Lipsticks. The range of 12 shades has a flawless, creamy application. Certified organic Avocado and Jojoba Seed oils give your lips hydration and nourishment. You can buy INIKA Vegan Lipstick at our online shop here

Enhance your smile with the best lip fillers in Melbourne

Since 2005, we have specialised in providing lip filler treatments that restore volume, redefine your natural lip line and reduce wrinkles. We pride ourselves on making subtle changes that make you feel more confident and look fabulous.

Lip enhancement using dermal fillers can reduce wrinkles, add volume to your lips and redefine your natural lip line. In one visit, your lip filler procedure is pain free, comfortable will leave you with minimal bruising. Find out how we can help you get the natural, plump lips you’ve been dreaming about.

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