Dermal Fillers for Lips


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Dermal filler is a non-surgical treatment for any depressed area of skin, and has become increasingly popular in the UK for those who want to remain youthful without undergoing invasive processes. The most well known product used is Collagen, although there are now a variety of chemicals in the market. The procedure is simply a small injection in the desired area, such as the lips, which helps to give it a plumped up appearance. Remember to consult your aesthetic practitioner before undergoing any procedure, as they can guide you to the most appropriate treatment as well as inform you on post-procedure treatments and health tips that could extend the effect of the injection.

Age & your Lips

Lip lines are one of the tell tale signs of ageing, which can be hard to disguise and ignore. They often manifest as deep wrinkles around the mouth area, leaving a puckered or sagging effect around the lips. As well as the natural process of time, other factors, such as sun exposure and smoking can also have a negative effect on the appearance of your lips and the skin surrounding it. Dermal filler can be one solution to this defect by tightening and smoothing the skin around the lip area. Collagen is widely used to treat lip lines, but you may also be offered hyaluronic acid, the effects of both of which can last up to three months.

Collagen for the Mouth & Lip Area

Collagen is still widely used in the UK. It is derived from skin material from cows, which is why it is sometimes known as bovine collagen. It undergoes a stringent purification process before being used for treatment, but can sometimes cause an allergic reaction so it is important for any reputable aesthetic practitioner to do tests to make sure this treatment is appropriate for you.

Hyaluronic Acid for the Mouth & Lip Area

The other treatment on the market is hyaluronic acid, and has quickly become the most widely used product in the UK. It made up of complex sugar molecules which are also derived from animal cells, but comes in acid form which works with the natural sugars and the body’s processes and therefore is much less likely to cause an adverse reaction. If this product is selected you will not have to undergo the same amount of testing as you would with bovine collagen.

There are permanent dermal fillers available, such as implants or silicone injections or polymethyl methacrylate, or PMMA, which essentially consists of a treatment of injections of microspheres of plastic suspended in a biological fluid such as collagen or other dermal filler. This can have a permanent effect on the affected area. However since the effect is permanent it can have an unusual or irregular appearance as the skin ages and changes naturally around the treatment. The advantage of hyaluronic treatment is that it is absorbed naturally into the skin over a gradual period of time, creating a more natural look. These may be an option you might be interested in. It is worth discussing all of the available options with your consultant, however semi-permanent injections are the most widely used treatment across the UK.

Fuller Shaped Lips

Another popular treatment utilising filler is the enhancement of the lips themselves, increasing their size and plumping up their appearance. In this case filler is injected straight into the lips, usually Restylane which is of similar make up to the natural hyaluronic acid found naturally in your body. Other treatments available for this area are fat transfer, where a small amount of fat is removed from one area of your body and relocated in a desired area. This can have the double effect of reducing fat in an unwanted area and enhancing the appearance of another. Artecol is another treatment which is available in the UK, but is not widely used as it can have adverse side effects, and leave you with unsatisfactory results such as uneven or misshapen lips. Restylane is popular because it is quite long-lasting, with the effect lasting between 6 months and a year. A little swelling and discomfort is to be expected in the treated area, for a few days after the procedure has been undertaken. Injections of dermal filler is a relatively low risk procedure, because it works with the body’ natural mechanisms and because it mostly be undertaken under local anaesthetic. Despite this low risk, it is important to discuss any possible side effects or complications with your consultant so they can insure you have the best form of treatment and care.


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