Your lips are one of the most important features of your face and say so much about you. Scientists have known for decades that lips which are naturally full with a defined shape are considered sensual and attractive.
As time goes by, lips naturally lose their volume, appearing thinner and less defined. Wrinkles and fine lines can alter the smooth look of your lips further, and compromise the shape of the vermillion borders and cupids bow. The corners of the mouth may even turn down, giving a tired and aged appearance.
If you have always wished for fuller and softer lips, then treatment with an advanced dermal filler, such as Juvederm Smile, may be for you.
How does lip enhancement work?
- The lip edges can be treated to restore youthful contours and redefine the borders of the lips – this also helps prevent your lipstick from seeping out into the skin – and leaves you with a crisp, well-defined shape.
- Enhancing the lips themselves adds natural-looking volume and balance to the body of the lips, producing a sensual and pronounced pout – the most common enhancement our patients seek.
- Treatment to the fine lines and wrinkles, caused by pursing your lips or smoking, gives a fresher and more youthful appearance.
- The trough between your lips and nose (the philtrum) can also be enhanced to improve lip contour and definition.
Will lip enhancement hurt?
Your practitioner will apply an anaesthetic cream prior to the procedure, for your comfort. The advanced dermal filler also contains a local anaesthetic for added comfort and is injected with a small, fine needle.
What are lip enhancement fillers made from?
Originally fillers were made from collagen or silicone and are now very outdated. The advanced fillers we use are made from Hyaluronic acid which is naturally found in the body. Hyaluronic acid helps maintain structure and thickness of the skin but is slowly depleted through the ageing process.
Advanced dermal fillers, such as Juvederm Smile, are not permanent, and will naturally break down. Depending on the area and the individual, the effects will last from 6 – 12 months.
How long will the treatment take?
Your practitioner will discuss your requirements with you at your consultation to ensure your treatment is tailored to your desired outcome, but it usually takes from 20 to 40 minutes.
Are there any side effects?
It is common to have some redness and swelling after treatment, but this usually resolves within a few days. Your practitioner will arrange a follow-up appointment after a couple of days to ensure you have achieved the best result.
When will I see the results?
The effect is immediate, and as there is virtually no recovery time, you can carry on with your normal routine after your appointment. Your qualified practitioner will advise you on post-treatment care.