Your mouth and lips can be enhanced with the addition of some effective lip enhancement injections. These lip injections can restore a plump, youthful cupid’s bow in the lips, add volume, tumescence, and if it’s what you’re after, a beautiful pout.
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The whole mouth area can be treated with dermal filler too, not just the lips, with dermal filler treatments for the whole supporting area of your mouth – the skin nearby is prone to wrinkling and crinkling with talking, eating, drinking and smoking.
Lip augmentation is a simple procedure that is short-lived in cosmetic terms – between six and nine months – so if you change your mind or want something different next time, you have options. Lip augmentation at our Melbourne clinic is typically temporary, which is just how we like it: full of possibilities and options. We can do longer-lasting lip fillers if you wish, however, so talk to your dermatologist about your options.
Lip injections are performed with a safe dermal filler. The dermal filler substance is found naturally in your body, though the type we use is synthetic to avoid allergic reactions to animal proteins, though the extracted (animal) form is used more often in medicine.
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This substance is one of our best dermal filler solutions, particularly for lip enhancement, because it offers such a natural look – adding volume, hydration, and shape are its best features.
We inject the lip filler into strategic points on the lips and surrounding areas. With lip filler, we can:
- Accentuate the Cupid’s bow (the little dent in the middle of the top lip underneath your nose)
- Increase the prominence of the vermillion border that surrounds your lips
- Soften creases in lips, particularly vertical lines in the upper lip
- Add volume
- Create greater definition
- Soften ‘sad-face’ wrinkles around the lips
- Lift the lips
- Lift the corners of the mouth
- Give the mouth a more youthful, smoother look
The limitations of lip filler
While lip filler is magnificent in what it can do to a pair of lips, it does have some limitations. The shape of your lips is more or less fixed – we can’t add or subtract to the shape; we can only work with what we’ve got. Luckily, lips are pretty good-looking anyway, and even thin lips can be plumped out and looking lovely and shapely in no time.
What should lip enhancement do for me?
If your lips aren’t as full, hydrated, or defined as you would like, lip filler can be a great, temporary solution to your lip woes. You can try it out for size, and see if you like it without having to commit to a lifetime of juicy, pouty lips – temporary lip fillers are in ample supply at our Melbourne clinic.
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We aren’t going to fill your lips to Angelina Jolie size (unless that’s what you really, really want), and we will not let you walk out of our clinic looking unnatural. We’ve been doing this a long time, and we know what looks good and how much is too much. We know faces very well, and we know what will look the best on yours.
Lip filler is an artistic procedure, so having a good practitioner working on your face is key to a great outcome. If you are considering lip enhancement, make an appointment at our Melbourne clinic to see what we can do for you. Getting your lips enhanced is a very personal choice and an investment in your appearance. We consider our lip enhancement skills to be second to none, and only qualified, experienced doctors do our lip filler treatments, not nurses.
The goal is to give you natural-looking, beautiful lips.
Important factors to consider when discussing lip augmentation
The shape of your lips matters, but so do the areas that support the lips. The areas around your mouth are critical in how your lips sit, so any fine lines or wrinkles that frame your lips may benefit aesthetically from dermal filler injections. We work on your mouth and face as a whole, not singling out any part to alter without considering the rest. The key is to keep the face looking natural.
The lip filler procedure
The lip filler procedure is reasonably straightforward, though it is delicate and we take the utmost care. We inject dermal filler into the areas between layers of skin tissue in the lips, which acts like a cushion. Each treatment might take about half an hour, but if other areas are being treated too, it may take longer.
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You may experience some bruising or swelling right after treatment, but this will resolve within a day or two, and in some people, can last for a week (though you will hardly be able to tell). Many of you have no negative after-effects at all. An ice pack may be applied after your lip injections to help the normal post-injection swelling.
It’s possible for this treatment to trigger a cold sore attack, and if that happens to you, you can prepare with antiviral medication. Talk to your doctor if you are concerned about this.
Lip injections – side-effects and results
Lip injections can last for six to 12 months, but due to the lips and mouth being a much-used area of our bodies, the lip filler tends to wear out more quickly than other areas. One of the benefits of lip filler is that we use a lot more liquid than in other areas of the face, which means it takes a longer time to be reabsorbed by your body.
Collagen and elastin production will be stimulated in your lips, so your lips will actually have their cellular function improved over time – remember, our dermal filler ingredient is a nutrient transporter fluid, so more of it means more nutrients for your lip tissue.
Our lip filler is made of a substance found in human tissue, that acts as a transfer network liquid, taking nutrients from the blood and delivering them to the skin. Our connective tissue has high levels of this substance.
Sometimes lips may require a little more to boost them longer-term, in which case another type of dermal filler may be required. Your doctor will discuss the different types of lip filler with you at your appointment.
Lip scarring can also benefit from lip filler injections, since the fluid is so useful for assisting collagen production. Scars are made from collagen, so stimulating new collagen can help fill in scarring and minimise its appearance. This can be important when it is a facial feature like your lips.
We can fill the body of the lip with lip filler, which provides a volume boost and forces the lip to protrude slightly (called eversion). We usually fill the top and bottom lip so there is natural balance between the upper and lower lip.
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The vermillion border (the outside edge of the lip border) can make the lips stand out more, like lip liner might. The vermillion of your lips is the skin that your lips are made of, which is a special type of skin reserved for certain small areas of your body only.
Upper lip lines, usually vertical but sometimes horizontal, can be corrected with lip injections.
‘Sad face’ lines at the corners of the mouth that make the mouth turn downwards can be adjusted so they no longer cause your facial expression to sport a downturned mouth. These areas are called the oral commissures, which over time, dip inwards with gravity as the cheeks become droopier.
Another area popular to treat are the ridges that join your lips and nose, which can become quite flat over time. The ridge can be enhanced so the upper lip is curvier.
The V-shape in the middle of your upper lip – the Cupid’s bow – can be made more pronounced. This can really add to the shape of the upper lip.
What do ‘beautiful’ lips look like?
We like our lips the way we like every other facial feature: to suit our face. There is no such thing as perfect lips, though we would all certainly be able to point to our preferences in this department. What sort of look you want to go for with lip enhancements is completely up to you, but we can help you out with photographs and examples, and give our recommendations to you.
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The most important thing is that your lips fit into the shape of your face, and don’t look out of place. The general rule is, the smaller your face, the smaller your lips should be. We should look in proportion to the rest of our facial features.
The bottom lip is almost always larger than the top lip, and the top lip will stick out a tiny bit if you check it out from the side. Some issues can occur when inexperienced practitioners try to overfill a lip; you end up with ‘duck lips’ or ‘fish lips’. You will only ever get beautiful results at ENRICH, rest assured.
Post-lip filler care
Once you have had your lip filler injections, you’ll need to take a few self-care steps to get the best results. Try not to drink too much water for the first 24 hours, and feel free to use a lip balm. Don’t use any makeup (lipstick) for 12 hours. Avoid vigorous exercise and sunlight for at least 48 hours.
Some lumps may appear, which you can massage out with your fingertips. If they won’t disappear, talk to your dermatologist – we can dissolve them.
Contact us to discuss your lip augmentation needs.
*Results may vary from person to person