Lip Filler FAQs

By Dr. TRACY MOUNTFORD, MBBS MBCAM


Summary of Content

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  1. What are lip fillers?
  2. Can I smoke after lip fillers?
  3. How long after lip fillers can I wear lipstick?
  4. Can you drink alcohol after lip fillers?
  5. Can you get lip fillers at 17?
  6. Can lip fillers look natural?
  7. Do lip fillers hurt?
  8. Are lip fillers vegan?
  9. How long do lip fillers last?
  10. How much are lip fillers?
  11. How to reduce swelling after lip fillers?
  12. Can you get lip fillers when pregnant?

What are lip fillers?

Lip fillers are a non-surgical cosmetic treatment to help patients achieve fuller, plumper lips. These injectable treatments also fill lines and wrinkles and restore volume to lips that have lost their shape and structure as part of the ageing process. Lip fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, a natural sugar protein that hydrates the skin by retaining water and providing structural support to skin tissues. They provide immediate visible improvements to the lips by smoothing wrinkles and improving the appearance of deflated or saggy skin.

Can I smoke after lip fillers?

Apart from the negative health issues associated with smoking, there is no reason why you cannot smoke after receiving a treatment of lip fillers. Smoking will not affect the outcome of your treatment. However, smoking is known to dry out the skin and has been linked to premature ageing, so we would advise you refrain from smoking immediately post-procedure.

How long after lip fillers can I wear lipstick?

There is no medical reason why you cannot apply lip gloss or lipstick directly after lip fillers. A treatment can leave the lips feeling slightly tender, so it is recommended that you leave it a day before applying makeup to the treatment area.

Can i wear lipstick after lip fillers?

Can you drink alcohol after lip fillers?

Some people may be wary of allowing alcohol to pass over lips that have just been enhanced; however, alcohol does not in any way interfere with the results of the procedure. In the past, doctors have recommended not drinking for 24 hours because alcohol is thought to enlarge blood vessels, which may increase susceptibility to bruising. If bruising is a major concern, follow this advice.

Can you get lip fillers at 17?

There are currently no age restrictions for receiving dermal fillers in the UK; however, most clinics will insist on receiving parental consent before performing treatments on anyone under 18. It is important to note that most people do not stop growing until they reach their early 20s; therefore, many practitioners will advise younger patients to go through a thorough consultation in order to assess whether the treatment is actually necessary.

Can lip fillers look natural?

Yes. It is entirely down to you how enhanced you wish your lips to look. Dr Tracy Mountford and the other practitioners at The Cosmetic Skin Clinic are highly skilled medics with years of experience working in aesthetics. Staff at the clinic pride themselves on their light touch and ability to produce natural-looking results.

Do lip fillers hurt?

As lip fillers are a non-surgical procedure, they require no invasive surgery, cuts or stitches on the lips. Some patients may feel a slight sense of discomfort when having this injectable treatment. But it is usually very mild. Most patients will just feel a tiny scratch as the injection is applied and a tingling sensation as the filler is injected. We can also apply a local anaesthetic to the treatment area to completely minimise discomfort for patients who are feeling particularly anxious.

Do lip fillers hurt?

Are lip fillers vegan?

The hyaluronic acid used in both Juvéderm and Restylane is made from bacteria, and hence is suitable for vegans. However, other dermal fillers use hyaluronic acid derived from animal sources, so it is best to check first. A secondary consideration is that most pharmaceutical products like dermal fillers go through a period of animal testing before they are considered safe for use on humans.

How long do lip fillers last?

Most dermal filler treatments last between six to eight months. We recommend additional booster top-up treatments every six months to a year for patients who want to achieve year-round plumpness and structure in their lips. For patients who require subtle results, we recommend replenishments on a yearly basis. But every patient is different, so we tailor these top-ups depending on their unique visual needs.

How much are lip fillers?

At The Cosmetic Skin Clinic, our lip filler treatments start from £455. We are one of the leading UK centres for lip filler treatments, with a 5-Star Trustpilot rating. We have also been rated as one of the Best Dermal Filler clinics in the UK by Tatler magazine in their annual Cosmetic Surgery guide.

How to reduce swelling after lip fillers?

In some cases, lip filler patients may experience swelling in the lip area after having the treatment carried out. The amount of lip filler used on a patient can also have an impact on the risk of swelling occurring. This is a completely normal side effect of lip injections and tends to show through after two days of treatment, before reducing and returning to normality after two weeks. If lip swelling does occur, then patients can apply ice to the lips using an ice pack or an ice cube covered in cloth (so it doesn’t stick to the lip and cause pain). This will help ease any swelling, itching, bruising or pain that may occur as a result of the treatment.

How to reduce swelling after lip fillers

Can you get lip fillers when pregnant?

As with many medical cosmetic treatments, it is not advisable to receive lip filler treatments while pregnant. Dermal fillers have not been tested or verified for safety and efficacy on pregnant patients, so there is no concrete evidence to support the safety of fillers in this group of patients.

Dermal fillers in Buckinghamshire and London

Find out more about our treatments by filling in our online contact form. We are conveniently located at clinics in central London and Buckinghamshire.

How to find our clinics in London and Buckinghamshire?

The Cosmetic Skin Clinic in London is situated near Harley Street and within walking distance of Baker Street, Oxford Circus and Bond Street tube stations. We’re also conveniently located and just a quick train ride away from Paddington or Kings Cross St Pancras Train Stations.

The Cosmetic Skin Clinic in Buckinghamshire is situated in Stoke Poges and near Gerrards Cross (Chiltern Railway) and Slough’s (First Great Western) station. If you’re travelling by car, the M25, M4, M40 and A40 roads, makes it very convenient to reach from Kingston upon Thames, Wembley, Richmond, and from the Surrey area.

For more details about our clinic’s locations and the best way to reach us based on your means of transportation, please take a look at our dedicated clinic location pages.

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