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Lip Fillers

In today’s world, where first impressions often matter, many people are seeking ways to enhance their appearance. One area that has gained significant attention is the lips—a feature that can dramatically influence your overall look. Whether it’s the influence of celebrities, the desire to look more youthful, or simply the wish to feel better about one’s appearance, lip fillers have emerged as a go-to solution for many.

Lip fillers offer a non-surgical, minimally invasive way to achieve fuller, plumper lips. Unlike other cosmetic procedures that may require a lot of time and healing, lip fillers offer a quick and relatively simple way to bring about a noticeable change. This makes them an attractive option for those who are new to cosmetic treatments or are looking for something less permanent than surgical options.

Plastic Surgeon Anca Breahna performs a range of surgical and non-surgical procedures at Cheshire Cosmetic Surgery in Chester UK.

 

At a glance

Procedure Time
20 to 30 minutes
Procedure Anaesthesia
Topical Anaesthetic
Procedure Downtime
A few days
Procedure Frequency
Every 6 to 12 months

Table of Contents

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What Is Lip Filler

Lip filler is a cosmetic procedure that involves injecting a gel-like substance into your lips to increase their volume, improve their shape, or both. The most commonly used fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally found in the body. This makes it a safe and effective option for most people. The procedure is usually done in a clinic and takes about 20 to 30 minutes, making it a convenient choice for those with busy schedules.

  • Volume Enhancement: One of the primary reasons people opt for lip fillers is to add volume to thin or uneven lips
  • Shape Correction: Lip fillers can also be used to correct asymmetrical lips or to define the lip line
  • Natural Look: Modern fillers offer a natural look and feel, making it difficult for others to tell that you’ve had a procedure done

Who Needs Lip Filler

Lip fillers are suitable for a wide range of people, both men and women, who are looking to improve the appearance of their lips. However, there are certain criteria that make you a good candidate for this procedure:

Good Health

  • Being in good overall health is vital for any medical procedure, including lip fillers. Conditions like diabetes or heart issues could make you an unsuitable candidate
  • Your lips and the surrounding skin should be free from any active infections, cold sores, or other issues that could complicate the procedure
  • Make sure you’re not allergic to any of the components in the filler. A qualified practitioner will typically conduct an allergy test before proceeding with the treatment

Realistic Expectations

  • It’s essential to have a clear understanding of what lip fillers can and cannot do. While they can enhance your lips, they won’t completely transform your appearance
  • Understand that most lip fillers offer temporary results, lasting anywhere from six months to two years depending on the type of filler used
  • Be aware that the procedure will likely need to be repeated in the future to maintain results, which involves an ongoing financial commitment

Lifestyle Considerations

  • The procedure itself is quick, but you’ll need some time for the initial consultation and potential follow-up appointments
  • You should be prepared to avoid strenuous activities for a short period after the procedure to minimise swelling and bruising
  • Are you willing to follow the aftercare instructions provided by Anca? Proper aftercare is essential for optimal results and minimising risks

Benefits of the Lip Filler Procedure

When considering lip fillers, it’s important to weigh the advantages alongside any potential risks. Understanding the benefits can help you make an informed decision about whether this cosmetic treatment is right for you. Below are some of the key benefits:

Immediate Results

  • One of the most appealing aspects of lip fillers is that you can see the results almost instantly. As soon as the filler is injected, your lips will appear fuller and more defined
  • If you’re not fully satisfied with the initial result, minor adjustments can often be made during the same appointment
  • Unlike some other cosmetic procedures that require time for the results to become visible, lip fillers offer immediate gratification

Minimal Downtime

  • The actual injection process usually takes less than an hour, making it easy to fit into a busy schedule
  • Most people can go back to their regular activities right after the procedure, although it’s advised to avoid strenuous exercise for a day or two
  • While some swelling or bruising is common, these side effects are typically mild and subside quickly

Customisable Results

  • The amount of filler used can be tailored to meet your specific needs, whether you’re looking for a subtle enhancement or a more dramatic change
  • There are different types of fillers available, each with its own set of characteristics, allowing you to choose the one that best suits your goals
  • Anca can inject small amounts at a time, giving you more control over the final appearance

Non-Surgical and Less Risky

  • Because it’s a non-surgical procedure, there’s no need for general anaesthesia, which carries its own set of risks
  • The risk of infection is generally lower compared to surgical procedures, especially when performed in a sterile, professional environment
  • Some types of hyaluronic acid fillers can be dissolved if you’re unhappy with the results, offering an extra layer of security

Long-Lasting but Not Permanent

  • The effects of lip fillers can last anywhere from six months to two years, depending on the type of filler used
  • The temporary nature of the treatment allows you to change your look over time or decide not to continue with fillers in the future
  • If you like the results, maintenance is as simple as scheduling another appointment once the effects begin to wear off

Types of Procedures

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

  • Some of the most well-known brands in this category include Juvederm, Restylane, and Belotero
  • Hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally found in the body, making it a safe option for most people
  • These fillers offer quick results that are visible right after the procedure
  • If you’re not happy with the outcome, certain hyaluronic acid fillers can be dissolved using an enzyme called hyaluronidase
  • The effects typically last between six months to a year, although some advanced formulas can last up to two years

Collagen Fillers

  • Collagen was one of the first materials used for lip fillers but has become less popular due to the development of safer and more effective options
  • An allergy test is often required before the procedure, as collagen fillers have a higher risk of causing allergic reactions
  • The results usually last for a shorter period, often around three to four months
  • Collagen can be sourced from human, bovine, or synthetic materials, each with its own set of pros and cons

Fat Transfer

  • This procedure involves taking fat from another part of your body, usually the abdomen or thighs, and injecting it into your lips
  • Because the material is from your own body, the results can be more long-lasting, sometimes even permanent
  • This is a more involved procedure that typically requires local anaesthesia and may have a longer recovery time
  • The body may reabsorb some of the transferred fat, making the results less predictable

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How is the Lip Filler Procedure Performed

Here’s a detailed breakdown of how the procedure is typically performed, from start to finish.

Initial Consultation

  • Discussion of Goals: During this meeting, you’ll talk with Anca about what you’re hoping to achieve with lip fillers
  • Medical History Review: Expect to answer questions about your medical history, including any allergies or previous surgeries, to ensure you’re a good candidate for the procedure
  • Visual Assessment: Anca will examine your lips and possibly take photos for before-and-after comparisons
  • Type of Filler: You’ll discuss the different types of fillers available and decide which one is best for you

Preparation

  • Cleaning the Area: Before the procedure begins, the area around your lips will be cleaned to minimise the risk of infection
  • Topical Anaesthetic: A numbing cream may be applied to your lips to make the injections more comfortable
  • Marking Points: Anca may mark points on your lips as guides for the injections

Injection Process

  • Syringe Preparation: The chosen filler is loaded into a syringe with a fine needle
  • Initial Injection: A small amount of filler is first injected into a few key points on your lips
  • Assessment and Adjustment: After the initial injection, Anca may pause to assess the results and decide if more filler is needed
  • Even Distribution: Anca may gently massage your lips to distribute the filler evenly and achieve a natural look

Post-Injection Review

  • Immediate Assessment: You’ll be given a mirror to look at the results right away
  • Additional Adjustments: If you or Anca feel that more filler is needed, additional injections can be performed
  • Cooling Gel: A cooling gel may be applied to your lips to reduce swelling and discomfort

Aftercare Instructions

  • Dos and Don’ts: You’ll receive guidelines on what to do and what to avoid in the hours and days following the procedure
  • Managing Side Effects: Tips for managing common side effects like swelling or bruising will be provided
  • Follow-Up Appointment: In some cases, a follow-up appointment may be scheduled to assess the results and make any necessary adjustments

When it comes to lip fillers, you have several options to choose from. Each type of procedure comes with its own set of benefits, drawbacks, and unique characteristics. Understanding these can help you make an informed decision about which procedure is best suited for your needs.


Recovery after Lip Filler Procedure

Recovery from a lip filler procedure is generally quick, with most people able to return to their regular activities almost immediately. However, there are some things to keep in mind:

  • Swelling and Bruising: It’s common to experience some swelling and bruising, which usually subsides within a few days
  • Avoid Strenuous Activity: For the first 24 to 48 hours, it’s advisable to avoid strenuous exercise and exposure to high heat, as this can exacerbate swelling
  • Follow Aftercare Instructions: Anca will provide you with specific aftercare instructions, such as avoiding certain foods and beverages, to ensure a smooth recovery

Further Reading

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Frequently asked questions

The longevity of lip fillers can vary depending on the type of filler used and individual factors like metabolism. In most cases, hyaluronic acid fillers last between six months to a year, while other types like fat transfers may offer more long-lasting results. It’s important to consult with Anca for a more personalised estimate.

Most people describe the sensation as a mild discomfort rather than pain. A topical anaesthetic is often applied before the procedure to numb the area and make the injections more comfortable. Some fillers also contain a small amount of lidocaine, a local anaesthetic, to further minimise discomfort.

Common side effects include swelling, bruising, and redness around the injection site. These usually subside within a few days. More serious side effects like infection or allergic reactions are rare but possible, which is why it’s important to have the procedure done by a qualified medical professional.

Some types of lip fillers, particularly those based on hyaluronic acid, can be reversed using an enzyme called hyaluronidase. This enzyme dissolves the filler, effectively reversing the effects. However, not all types of fillers are reversible, so it’s important to discuss this with your plastic surgeon.

The cost of lip fillers can vary widely depending on the type of filler, the amount used, and the practitioner’s experience. Prices can range considerably. It’s advisable to consult with multiple providers to get a better understanding of the costs involved and what is included in the price.

While lip fillers are generally considered safe, especially when administered by a qualified medical professional, there are some risks involved:

  • Allergic Reactions: Although rare, some people may have an allergic reaction to the filler material
  • Infection: As with any procedure that involves breaking the skin, there’s a risk of infection, although this is minimal if performed in a sterile environment
  • Uneven Results: If the filler is not evenly distributed, you may end up with lumps or an asymmetrical appearance

About Anca Breahna – Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Cheshire Cosmetic Surgery

Ms Anca Breahna, PhD, MSc, FEBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast) is a highly regarded Consultant Plastic Surgeon specialising in the field of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery.

Anca performs a wide range of Hand Surgery & Skin Surgery and Aesthetic Breast, Body and Face Surgery,

Anca Breahna - Female Plastic Surgeon in Chester UK

As one of the very few female Plastic Surgeons in the region, she is able to offer that unique female perspective, with empathy, attention to detail and personalised care. It is Anca’s true dedication and commitment to her field, that sets her aside from her peers. Her extensive surgical training means that you are in safe hands. She is renowned for providing exceptional care, support and helping achieve realistic goals for her patients.

Anca Breahna’s surgical training has mainly been undertaken within the United Kingdom. She began a rigorous training programme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1999, after achieving her medical degree from the University of Bucharest. Miss Breahna attained her PhD degree at the same university in 2007 for her medical research. She then relocated to the UK and has worked Internationally to further extend her qualifications and training.

The team at Cheshire Cosmetic Surgery looks forward to meeting you and will treat you with respect, consideration, and empathy.

Your Next Steps

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Get a Medical Referral before your consultation at Cheshire Cosmetic Surgery

  • A Referral from your Doctor is not essential, however it is recommended to have one

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Anca – Car parking is usually available on-site
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly read all the documents provided

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How to Book your Consultation with Anca Breahna – Plastic Surgeon

  • You can book your consultation with Anca by paying the £150 cosmetic consultation fee when you make your appointment. This fee covers further consultations about the same concern.

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Call Claire or Joedy on 03332 244111 to arrange your consultation or email us for more information.

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