Non-surgical Procedures, Skin care

What really happens during a dermal filler lip treatment?

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

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. Read More



Have you ever wondered why your lips are getting thinner and less defined as you get older? Perhaps you would like your lips to be plumper and more youthful looking? Lips get thinner and have less volume as a result of the natural ageing process and the associated decrease in collagen.

The natural ageing process also affects the facial bone structure where your upper jawbones that support your lips lose their volume. This results in your upper lip appearing thinner and flatter. Over time fine lines and furrows may also appear around your lips. These ‘smokers’ lines’ can appear even if you’ve never smoked. They can be a result of habitual puckering of your lips, dehydration or drinking through straws regularly.

Dermal filler lip treatment can add volume, shape and definition to your lip and mouth area. Made from a molecule which is one of the chief components of connective tissue, dermal fillers are a sugar-based gel substance that is naturally found in the skin. It is important to note that due to possible risks and complications we do not use permanent fillers for your lip treatment; we only use temporary dermal fillers. In Australia, there are several dermal lip filler brands we use. Due to Therapeutic Goods Administration rules we’re unable to name them.

Why it’s important to have a consultation before your lip filler treatment

Dr Sara Mullen with Chloe Morello

Since 2005, led by Dr Gavin Chan (MBBS, Cosmetic Physician, Liposuctionist) our team of highly trained and experienced Cosmetic Doctors and Cosmetic Nurses have treated thousands of patients with lip filler treatment. When it comes to lip enhancement, you may have seen examples of celebrities in magazines or social media posts with ‘trout pout’, fake looking lips. This highlights the importance of going to a reputable medical clinic that has highly trained and experienced Cosmetic Doctors and Cosmetic Nurses who focus on non-surgical cosmetic procedures including dermal lip filler treatments.

Our approach to lip treatment using dermal fillers is to 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.                  At your consultation we consider how to improve your lips and balance out the areas that are worrying you. If you have a smaller face, nose and eyes it is important to use the right amount of dermal filler as too much filler can result in an unnatural appearance. 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.

Why we use cannulas instead of needles for dermal filler lip treatment

When Dr Sara Mullen (MBBS, FRACGP, Cosmetic Doctor) consulted with Chloe Morello (Beauty Blogger and Instagram Influencer) for dermal filler lip treatment she explained the importance of using cannulas instead of needles. Prior to the development of the blunt cannula technique, multiple needles were used to inject dermal filler into the lips. This resulted in a significant amount of trauma to the lips including swelling and bruising. By using the blunt cannula technique our dermal filler treatments are a ‘walk-in, walk-out’ treatment where you can go back to work and resume your daily activities without any noticing what you’ve had done.

Our blunt cannulas technique has the following benefits

  • Because a needle can’t discern what it’s going through, it will pierce through anything in the subcutaneous tissue or skin. A blunt, round-ended cannula, allows the Cosmetic Doctor or Cosmetic Nurse to feel each structure as it passes through. If they feel resistance an alternative pathway is found. By avoiding damage to your veins and arteries you will get minimal bruising.
  • Cannulas use a single entry point at each corner of your mouth to treat a number of areas of your lips and mouth. This results in less bruising and trauma to your skin, with a smoother, or effective result.

View some before and after photos using the cannula lip filler technique here

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Does it feel painful to have dermal filler treatment in the lips?

Before Dr Sara Mullen treated Chloe Morello’s lips she applied ice to the corners of her mouth. Since temperature and pain sensation travel along the same nerve pathway, the use of ice to numb the area ensures minimal discomfort is felt as the local anaesthetic is injected. Once the corners of the mouth are numb, small holes are made either side of the mouth with a sharp needle through which the cannula was inserted.

To ensure all our patients have minimal discomfort we use other pain minimisation techniques including:

  • Inhaled anaesthetic gas: Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is commonly used for dental procedures and during labour. The effect of the inhaled anaesthetic gases we use during your lip procedure will wear off quickly. You will not have any lingering effects once your treatment is over.
  • Local anaesthetic cream: Before your lip injections, we can apply local anaesthetic cream to your skin so it becomes numb.

The best skincare to use after your lip filler treatment

After you’ve had lip filler treatment, it’s important to use skincare that hydrates, nourishes and protects your lips. PCA Peptide Lip Therapy is the ultimate hydrating lip treatment. Infused with active botanicals and essential nutrients, this advanced formula softens and maintains lip moisture.

Wrinkles Schminkles Mouth Smoothing Kit addresses your mouth and lip wrinkles that can be caused by sun damage, the natural ageing process and creases that occur while you sleep. The non-invasive, easy to use Silicone Mouth Wrinkle Pads are 100% medical grade, hypoallergenic and reusable for 20-30 uses.

Like some assistance with your skincare? Our highly trained and experienced Skin Therapists can help you with a skin care regime that achieves optimal results. To book your skin consultation call us 1300 863 824.

Where to get the best dermal filler lip treatment in Melbourne

Since 2005 led by Dr Gavin Chan, our team of highly trained and experienced Cosmetic Doctors and Cosmetic Nurses have enhanced thousands of people’s lips with dermal fillers. We take a great deal of care to ensure your lips fit your face appropriately and are aesthetically pleasing. The subtle, natural changes we make to patient’s lips help them feel younger. To find out how dermal filler lip treatment can enhance your lips and make you feel more confident call us on 1300 863 824.