Daily Mail Nip & Tuck – As My Last Lip Fillers Went Wrong, Should I Do It Again?

By Dr. TRACY MOUNTFORD, MBBS MBCAM

The Daily Mail Nip & Tuck 5th June 2017

The Nip & Tuck articles by Dr Tracy Mountford appear weekly, in print and online in the Monday ‘Inspire’ section. In this week’s column, a reader asks how to avoid getting bumps in her lips after having lip fillers:

As my last lip fillers went wrong, should I do it again?

A reader has experienced bumps in her lips following lip filler treatment and wants to know how to avoid it happening again. Dr Mountford advises that, firstly, it is rare to get lumps in the lip. It’s normal for the lip to feel a little swollen and lumpy for a few days after treatment. This is due to general inflammation and tissue swelling and will calm down on its own.

It is essential to choose a medically trained professional who has experience in injecting the lip area. In the hands of a skilled injector, the procedure is generally very safe and without problems. The choice of injectable filler is relevant too. It’s important to use fillers made from a soft hyaluronic acid gel. The lip filler should be soft and less dense to ensure that the lips feel natural to the touch. This also reduces the risk of lumps forming.

Should you develop lumps in the lip after swelling has subsided, these can be dissolved by an experienced injector. This is done by injecting an enzyme called hyaluronidase into the area affected. However, this involves great skill and should only be carried out by a practitioner with several years experience of this.

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