So, you’re thinking of getting your lips done? Or maybe you’ve had them treated before and you’ve been recommended to me?
Either way, you need to know how I work, what products I use and if you should book a consultation or not. I offer lip fillers at my Edinburgh Clinic, Surface Beauty Aesthetics. This procedure is also known as lip augmentation.
Lips should fit your face nicely and offer balance, not be overpowering or too obvious. Assessment of your whole face is vital here.
I am very honest with my clients and will never carry out a treatment if I do not see any indication for it. This has resulted in turning clients away but this is only for their benefit & safety. Some people come in showing me pictures of the lips they want, which most of the time is irrelevant as it is someone else’s face and I explain everyone is individual, facial features are different on every client and I can enhance what they have, I cannot create someone else’s lips. I always discuss realistic outcomes with all my clients.
Are you looking for more definition? Volume? Symmetry? Hydration? All things to consider before your consultation.
You may be thinking of having treatment to resolve any of these common issues:
The shape of your lips isn’t what it used to be.
Your lips aren’t symmetrical.
Your philtrum (cupid bow: area from your nose to lips) is now flat.
You have smokers’ lines around your lips.
The corners of your mouth are lacking in volume which creates a sad look.
These imperfections can be easily treated by injecting a small amount of dermal filler to plump up the lines or correct the shape, subtly.
What can be done with the lips?
It’s all about ‘lip enhancement’ and making your lips the best they can be without looking ridiculous.
Below are the FAQ’s I am regularly asked about lips.
What is a dermal filler?
Injectable fillers are made from a range of different substances, but the main ingredient, in the most commonly used injectable fillers, is a modified version of hyaluronic acid. This acid is a water-loving molecule, found naturally in the skin. You may recognize hyaluronic acid as a common ingredient found in popular skincare creams. This molecule is the backbone of many soft, gel-like injectable fillers, which are injected under the skin to give cheek hollows, lips and deep facial wrinkles a lift and plumping boost.
How do lip fillers work?
Lip fillers are dermal/facial fillers. They work by restoring volume which has been lost through the ageing process and genetics.
How long does a lip procedure take?
I always suggest to allow 30-45 minutes, some of this time will be spent discussing your needs, exceptions, aftercare and preparing your skin.
What happens at the lip augmentation appointment?
Presuming you have completed the consultation process (which can be done on the day) and we both agree to go ahead, we would complete a consent form. Following this I would thoroughly clean the area and I may apply some anaesthetic cream, once this has taken effect small amounts of dermal filler are gently injected into the lip area. You will then be re-advised on how to look after your lips following the procedure and given all your aftercare advice.
Are there any side effects when having your lips done?
As I’m sure you can appreciate, with anything that involves a needle, there is always a risk of swelling, redness and tenderness as the skin has been mildly compromised. Your lips are very vascular which means they may bruise; they are also extremely sensitive so there may be some discomfort during the treatment and you may feel a little tender afterwards. You are likely to get some swelling on the day, or some people get it the day after. These side-effects usually subside over the following few days.
How long will lip fillers last?
Juvéderm lip fillers last approximately 6/9 months but everyone is different and will metabolise filler at different times.
Do lip fillers hurt?
Even though I am regularly assured that I am a gentle injector, some people do experience a little discomfort. The truth is, a needle is being used, so there will be a bit of a sting. The more relaxed you are the better the experience will be. The Juvéderm range I use has some local anaesthetic in the product, so the idea is after the initial injection the area will feel numb. This takes an hour or two to wear off so you will feel like you’ve been to the dentist for a bit afterwards.
How much do lip fillers cost?
£150 for 0.5ml £200 for 1ml
When will I see the results from lip fillers?
Immediately. There can be a little swelling on the day, but you will see the overall finish before you leave the clinic. I believe enhanced lips will be at their best 1/2 weeks post procedure, as they will have settled and the extra hydration from the dermal filler makes the lip area look gorgeous!
Why should you choose me to do your lips?
I am a medical professional – vital for cosmetic injectables. Plus, I love creating beautiful looking lips and promise to look after you before, during and after your procedure. For all the other important information you should consider before you book a consultation, you can read more about me, my experience and qualifications on my home page
What about AFTER my lip filler procedure?
You will be given clear aftercare instructions both at your consultation and again at your procedure. It is vital that you follow these instructions for best results. Generally, you will be asked to avoid touching your lips or applying makeup for at least 24 hours, you will also be asked to avoid any blood thing medications, alcohol and vigorous exercise for at least 24 hours. Mostly, you can carry on as normal, a lot of people go back to work afterwards.
Top Tip for after you lip filler procedure:
Be careful with hot drinks for a couple of hours after your procedure in case the local anaesthetic is still active.
To sum up
This can be an exciting and apprehensive time, but I will look after you. Firstly, make sure you check out some of my work over on my social media channels and like what you see.
next step is to book your appointment and discuss your options for shape size etc.