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Dermal lip fillers add immediate volume, enhancing symmetry and fullness of the lips. This popular treatment can also offer other advantages such as:
Lip augmentation involves injecting the lips with hyaluronic acid dermal filler, a cosmetic injectable treatment designed to fill fine lines and restore volume in the treated area. Enhancing the lips with filler uses a gel style substance that mimics collagen and imitates hyaluronic acid, a sugar molecule that occurs naturally within the body. This molecule binds water, increases hydration, and adds volume to the area where it is injected.
Cosmetic injections can enhance your lips by adding volume, correcting asymmetry, and refining your smile in just one appointment. With numerous clinics offering lip filler treatments, choosing the right place might seem daunting. At Cosmos Aesthetics Canberra, all of our injectors are highly experienced medical professionals with a passion for lip injections. When searching for a cosmetic clinic to have a treatment, be sure to look out for:
Before administering your injections, your lips will be numbed with a topical anaesthetic cream. One of our experienced doctors or registered cosmetic nurses will then inject the product into the lips using either a needle or a cannula. The dermal fillers used for lip enhancement at our clinic contain a local anaesthetic, although you may feel a stinging sensation as the product is injected. Once complete, your injector will apply pressure to the lips with gauze. You will see the results immediately after treatment.
For any tenderness and swelling, we recommend applying ice or a cool compress to the lips for ten minutes every hour. Do not apply this directly to the lips, wrap the ice or compress in a small towel instead. Avoid strenuous exercise and excessive heat for at least 24 hours are your injection appointment.
Be sure to stay hydrated following a lip filler treatment and avoid alcohol and smoking for a minimum 24 hours. If you require any pain relief, you should use paracetamol instead of aspirin or ibuprofen. Your cosmetic injector will provide you with personalised aftercare instructions during your treatment.
The cost of your lip injections will depend on various factors, including the amount of filler required and the type of filler used. At Cosmos Aesthetics Canberra, we understand that every patient is different and will require a customised treatment plan to address their concerns and reach their aesthetic goals.
Candidates for dermal fillers are individuals who desire fuller lips, want to enhance their lip shape, define the borders, or reduce lip lines. In Australia, you need to be at least 18 years old to undergo this treatment. It’s essential to note that certain medical conditions, including pregnancy, make you ineligible for the procedure.
Due to medical advertising guidelines in Australia, we cannot publicly disclose the specific brands of dermal fillers we use. Fillers are a prescription medicine and can only be prescribed by a doctor. At Cosmos Aesthetics Canberra we use high-quality dermal fillers from a wide range of well-known and trusted brands. You will always have an initial consultation at the start of each appointment, to discuss which brand filler will be used to suit you best.
To prepare for your lip enhancement treatment, there are several steps to follow. The most important is to avoid any potential blood thinners including alcohol, aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E, and fish oils, for around a week before getting fillers. If cold sores are a concern for you, it’s advisable to consult your doctor about preventive medication. Also, if you’ve recently received a COVID-19 vaccine, please wait a minimum of two weeks before booking your treatment.
Many lip filler patients choose to treat other areas of their face with dermal filler. Additionally, anti-wrinkle injections can be combined with filler for a comprehensive facial refresh. As an anti-ageing strategy, dermal fillers add volume and reshape the face, whilst anti-wrinkle injections minimise fine lines and skin surface wrinkles. During your initial consultation, you can discuss other cosmetic injectable treatment options that might be right for you.
At Cosmos Aesthetics Canberra we apply a numbing agent to the lips before dermal filler injections to enhance comfort. Some patients might feel a bit of pressure or a brief sting during the injection. Everyone’s comfort level varies, so it’s important to discuss your pain level tolerance with the doctor.
Lip augmentation results are not permanent, and the product will eventually be metabolised by the body. How quickly this happens will depend on factors such as the type of filler used and your skin type, lifestyle, and age. Typically, you can expect lip injections to last for around six months, although some patients find that their filler dissolves quicker or slower than this.
If you’re not happy with your lip filler results, there are a few options. During your follow up appointment, you can get extra filler added for more volume or to even out any asymmetry. If you don’t like the results of your filler at all, we can inject an enzyme to remove it completely.
In addition to the lips, dermal fillers can be used in other cosmetic treatments to restore a more youthful appearance, increase hydration, and provide natural looking results in other areas of the face, including:
During your initial consultation your desired result outcome will be discussed, as each person’s needs and desired outcomes for lip fillers vary. If you’re new to fillers or want a subtle enhancement, starting with 1ml of filler is often recommended. After any swelling decreases and if you feel more volume is needed, you can visit the clinic for your follow up to have more filler added.
Most people tolerate lip injections very well, even after years of repeated treatments. However, just like any other medical procedure, there is potential downtime and some temporary side effects to be aware of. These can include swelling, redness, and bruising, which usually resolve within a few hours or days depending on the individual.
Some patients may develop some rarer complications, such as lumps or infection. If the product needs to be reversed to address these complications, lip injections can be dissolved instantly using a special enzyme.
In extremely rare cases, the product may be injected into a blood vessel rather than beneath the skin. This can block blood flow, leading to skin death and in severe cases, blindness if the filler was injected into the nose. For this reason, we strongly recommend all patients undergo injectable treatments with an injector who is a qualified medical professional.