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What Really Happens When You Get Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers,otherwise known as dermal fillers, are a popular treatment for regaining plump, youthful, and lush lips without having to rely on invasive procedures like surgery. But how do they really work, what is the process, and what happens after you get lip fillers done? We explain it all below!

What is a dermal filler made of?

Nowadays, the most common lip filler injections are made of hyaluronic acid (HA). It is deemed to be the safest product to use. This clear, gel-like substance is naturally produced in the body and has a variety of uses, but its primary function is to retain water in the body, keeping areas such as the eyes, joints, and skin moist and well-lubricated.

All these natural capabilities make hyaluronic acid an excellent choice for dermal fillers. When used as a cosmetic treatment, hyaluronic acid can help with a variety of conditions, helping to alleviate dry skin and reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles and lines. Many people also take it as a supplement or use it in topical serums or eye drops. Because hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, it is great for plumping lips and can also be used in many other areas such as the cheeks, jaw, and chin.

Finally, because it naturally occurs in the body, HA is more readily accepted in the tissue, and produces beautiful and natural results.    

What is the process of getting lip fillers?

The first part of the process involves a thorough consultation with your nurse. During this initial consultation, you can discuss your areas of concern in full detail and your nurse will create an appropriate treatment plan for you.

After signing your consent and taking photos, you will be prepped for your filler. Makeup will need to be removed and antiseptic will be applied to prevent infection. The dermal filler will be injected into your lips via a very fine needle or cannula.

For those who are concerned about the level of pain you feel during the procedure, there is really no need to worry! Most clinics will provide a topical anaesthetic to sensitive skin areas, and here at The Skin Department, we also have dental block anaesthetic which will completely numb your lips should you want it. The hyaluronic acid we inject is mixed with an anaesthetic as well, which means it feels more comfortable as it enters your skin.     

What results can I expect & how quickly can I see them?

For those who can’t stand the wait, you’re in luck! The results should be visible instantly after the procedure! However, one thing to keep in mind is that getting your lips filled is unfortunately not like going to the hairdresser’s, where you can bring a photo and ask for a specific cut. Everyone’s facial features are different and sometimes it’s not really possible to have the same result as your favourite celebrity. Sometimes, the result may not even suit your face shape.

If you’re unsure of which look is right for your features, talk to your nurse – that’s exactly what they are there for! Their experience and skills in the field make them the best person to talk to. Be communicative of what you really want and remember to go into your consultation with an open mind and realistic expectations of what is possible. Everyone’s features are different and the best treatment plan for you is one that is catered to your face.

How long do fillers last?

How long will your lip filler stay in your body before it is naturally processed out? This largely depends on your body and how fast your body metabolises the product. Some people find that they need to get a top-up after 6 months, while others can wait longer before needing to administer another dose.

Are there any side effects?

Because hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the body, there should be minimal side effects felt and these effects should settle within the first 3-7 days after the procedure. Some of the most common effects include bruising and slight tenderness. Some people also say that they can feel the filler in their lips slightly for the first couple of weeks, but this will fade with time as the product evens out and settles.

If any other unexpected side effects occur while you’re attending an appointment at The Skin Department, we carry a supply of Hyalase at all times which can be administered immediately after in order to dissolve the dermal filler.

What about lip filler aftercare?

Aftercare is really simple. Within the first 24 hours, it is important to avoid any movements that make your lips purse too much, like sipping from a straw or a water bottle. We also recommend not wearing any makeup or going to the gym post-procedure to minimise bruising and chances of infection. Additionally, for the first few days following the procedure, your lips might feel more dry than usual, so make sure to have a moisturising lip balm in your handbag for easy use.

What happens if I don’t like the result?

We know that dermal fillers aren’t for everyone, and even though our nurses and doctors go to lengths to ensure the best treatment and result for you, if you decide you don’t like the outcome, there’s no need to worry. Hyaluronic acid is a non-permanent substance, and with the help of a product called Hyalase, we can easily dissolve the dermal filler for you. After the Hyalase is administered, the filler will turn into a watery substance that the body will naturally expel and your lips will return to what they were before treatment. Simple and easy!

Where should I get dermal fillers in Auckland?

If you’re looking to get dermal fillers, you’ll want to get them done at the best skin clinic in Auckland! With over 20 years of accumulated experience in the field, the Skin Department in Takapuna provides exceptional treatment and care and will gladly help you achieve your true beauty potential. Book an appointment online today or call us on 09 217 3695 today!