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At a glance: Lip Fillers

Individual results may vary
Must be performed by an experienced provider


What are Lip fillers?

Lip fillers are a type of dermal filler, used to fill and plump the lips for a more pronounced appearance. The filler is a soft, mouldable gel made from a compound that occurs naturally in the skin’s barrier.

What happens during the procedure?

First, a doctor or nurse will consult with you to discuss your concerns, your desired outcomes, and answer any questions you may have.

The filler will then be injected into the lips with a thin needle. You will be asked to return for a complimentary follow-up review and massage to ensure the filler takes proper shape.

What do lip fillers do?

Lip fillers add immediate volume to the lips for a plumper appearance. They’re also made from a naturally-occurring compound that has the ability to lock in moisture, so they provide some hydration to the lips which protects them from ageing.

Are lip fillers safe?

Dermal fillers are very safe and our practitioners are highly qualified. We only use brands approved by the regulating bodies of Australia. The main ingredient in dermal fillers is a compound that occurs naturally in the skin, so allergic reactions are extremely rare.

We believe strongly in client education so our consultations are obligation-free.

We recommend you review the TGA’s list of considerations before undergoing procedures involving dermal fillers, and are happy to address any questions you have.

As with any medical procedure, your provider will discuss any potential risks and concerns prior to your treatment so you are confident and informed before making a decision.

How long does a dermal filler treatment take?

The procedure is relatively short. It takes about 15 minutes to cleanse the lips and carry out the injection.

Are they painful?

Dermal fillers have a fast-acting local anaesthetic mixed into the gel, and the actual injection time is very short, so any discomfort that may present is gone very quickly.

The injected area may be numb for about 20 minutes after the procedure, and it may become tender to the touch, but any tenderness should subside in just a few days.

Is there any downtime?

You should be able to return to your normal activities right away, however, swelling is common for 1-2 days after treatment, so you may want to consider this when choosing an appointment time. In some cases, there may be some mild bruising, but this can be concealed with mineral powder.

What aftercare is needed?

It is very important for you to revisit the clinic for a follow up consultation and “moulding” within 1-2 days after the dermal filler is injected. We prefer not to massage too firmly or mould the filler immediately after an injection as this can lead to unnecessary bruising.

The injected fillers may move slightly over the first day, so post injection massage and moulding is necessary. This involves smoothing out the gel to ensure that it sits evenly.

Can lip fillers be used in conjunction with anti-wrinkle injections?

Yes, they are safe to use with anti-wrinkle injections, though they have a different purpose. Lip fillers add volume and plumpness while anti-wrinkle injections relax the muscles that cause wrinkles, such as vertical lip lines and chin dimpling. Anti-wrinkle injections can also be used with lip fillers to relax the upper lip and reduce a “gummy” smile.

If I change my mind, can lip fillers be removed?

Lip fillers are not permanent, and they will wear off as your body naturally metabolises them over time.

If you wish to have your dermal fillers dissolved sooner, there is an enzyme that is used to dissolve them which can be injected safely by an experienced doctor.

Can I have this treatment if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

Unfortunately, we do not perform this treatment if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Although dermal fillers are generally regarded as safe, medical ethics preclude us as a responsible clinic from providing injectable treatments during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.

We will be happy to welcome you into our clinic for dermal filler treatments after your pregnancy and breastfeeding period are complete.

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