Lip fillers can be used to plump up thin lips, reduce lip lines, hydrate the lips, and most commonly to make the lips full and pouty.
When done well, it can shift the focus of one’s looks and balance one’s profile.
What can lip fillers do?
Celebrity Kylie Jenner has popularised lip fillers over the recent years. However, it is important to note that not all lips are suitable for that much volume. Face shape and other features have to be considered too!
We target on 2 areas that we can improve with fillers:
Lip fillers can better define our lips and give us a desired shape or pout. The borders of our lips, a.k.a the vermilion border, creates definition for our lips like how a lipliner does. Nicely defined lips will not only make our lips look better, but give it a natural pout.
Lip fillers also can help improve the appearance of patients with thin lips or for those who want more volume for pouty, sexy lips.
Lip fillers for hydration
Fillers can also be used to help patients with dry and cracked lips. Skinboosters is a type of hyaluronic acid filler which is ultra soft and primarily used for hydration instead of augmentation. It can be done on the lips as well to increase hydration and reduce chapped lips.
Skinboosters on the lips give less volume than the usual fillers, but provides more hydration effect.
What can you expect?
A more defined structure and pouty lips. Lip lines will also be reduced and the lips will be more hydrated.
Some patients may request for Kylie Jenner-like lips with drastic volumization. However, we take your unique facial shape and features into account, and will advise the appropriate lip volume accordingly.
How much filler is needed?
Typically, you will require 1ml (1 syringe) of filler. However, it is advisable to split the filler into two sessions. This is because the lip is a sensitive area and there can be more swelling. Splitting the procedure into sessions ensure that the results are natural and fillers spread under the skin evenly.
Sessions are about 2 – 3 weeks apart.
Choice of lip fillers:
ONLY hyaluronic acid fillers should be used for the lips. The lips area has the thinnest skin on the face, and the highest chance of lumps if the wrong filler is used.
Restylane Kysse and Juvederm Vobella are good hyaluronic acid fillers for the lips. Restlyane Kysse is a filler that is specifically designed for the lips only.
Restylane Kysse or Juvederm Vobella are soft hyaluronic acid fillers that usually last for 6 – 9 months. For patients who feel that these fillers do not last long enough can opt for a slightly harder filler like Restylane Refyne.
Frequently Asked Questions about Fillers
How long do fillers last?
Fillers typically last for 12 months. Different type of fillers are designed for different areas of the face and have different longevity due to the filler material.
Does it completely dissolve away?
Most fillers will dissolve away and gets broken down by the body into water. However, there are cases that we have seen before with fillers that last much longer that it was intended to. For these cases, the filler had to be dissolved by injecting a dissolver call hyalase which breaks down the filler into water.
Is it painful?
Most filler injections are not painful with numbing cream applied. There are some areas which are more sensitive, such as the lips, and can be more uncomfortable.
The skill and hands of a doctor also directly contributes to the amount of discomfort. An experienced and gentle doctor can mean much lesser discomfort during the procedure.
What are the side effects?
Like all medical procedures, there are always potential side effects during injectable procedures.
The more common side effects associated with injections are bruising and swelling. Bruising and swelling happens when a larger blood vessel under the skin gets injured during an injection. If present, bruising and swelling typically goes away after 4-7 days.
The most serious side effect associated with filler injections is vessel occlusion. Vessel occlusion is when the filler is directly injected into an important blood vessel and blocks blood flow, potentially resulting in skin necrosis and even blindness.
Some patients have heard about fillers causing blindness, in particular nose fillers. In actual fact, fillers performed at any part of the face can potentially lead to blindness. Blindness happens when the filler material travels up the blood vessel and blocks the blood flow to the optic nerve in the eye. Blindness is more often associated with nose fillers due to the blood vessels supplying the eye being close to the nose. Skin necrosis, which is the dying of skin cells, happens when the blood vessels supplying the area of skin affected gets occluded and blocked.
The risks of skin necrosis and blindness can be greatly reduced with a clear knowledge of the blood vessels in the face. Therefore, it is very important to go to an experienced doctor for filler injections. More than 90% of filler complications happen at illegal salons or beauty parlours which are not authorised to perform such procedures.
How doctors reduce the risk of vessel occlusion?
- Use the appropriate equipment and filler for each area. The type of needle and needle size makes a difference in reducing the risk of vessel damage and occlusion.
- Specific techniques such as performing a drawback to ensure that the needle is not in a vessel, slow precise injections, and the depth of injections all help ensure that the filler is not being injected into a vessel.
- Most importantly, a good knowledge of the facial anatomy will allow the doctor to identify the areas where the major blood vessels are. Knowing which area to avoid and which areas are generally safe helps to greatly reduce the risk of injecting the filler into a vessel.
What should I avoid after fillers?
Avoid strenuous exercise and alcohol for at least 24 hours. Avoid any facial massage for at least 2 weeks.