By Dr. TRACY MOUNTFORD, MBBS MBCAM on Lip Fillers
Lips have always been considered as one of the most important and attractive features of our face. They indicate our emotions, with full lips being associated with youth and beauty.
Our lips are at their fullest in our 20s, which is why we associate a plump and defined mouth with youthfulness. But the composition of our lips and surrounding structures alters as part of the natural ageing process. Sometimes the lips can be asymmetrical.
From between the ages of 30-40, factors such as sun damage (photodamage) gravity, genetics and smoking play a role, leading to a sad-mouthed or drooping appearance. Thin lips, dry lips, lipstick bleed lines and a flattened cupid’s bow will also culminate in a mouth that looks less defined.
If you would like to find out more about our premium brand lip fillers treatments, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our expert practitioners at our clinics in London and Buckinghamshire!
Lip fillers are a non-surgical solution to add volume, definition and support to the lips. A natural sugar-based hyaluronic acid gel is injected into the lip area to boost hydration and elasticity. Lip fillers provide immediate visible improvements to the lips by filling in lip lines and wrinkles and improving the appearance of dry or deflated lips.
Lip fillers are made of hyaluronic acid (HA), a crystal-clear gel-like substance that is found naturally in our bodies. It is a sugar-based molecule that is well known for its moisturising and hydrating properties thanks to its ability to hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water.
Our range of gold standard lip filler treatments uses a smooth gel formula to deliver a natural look and feel to the treated area. Most lip enhancements are achieved through natural hyaluronic acid biodegradable dermal fillers which are specifically developed for the lips and mouth area and produce the most natural, long lasting results.
The skin on your lips is extremely thin, making it particularly vulnerable to ageing. Some hyaluronic acid dermal fillers help to fill in vertical lines, ease drooping lip corners and attract and retain moisture to smooth dry, dehydrated lips. Others have more volumising properties to contour your lips and define your cupid’s bow, as well as subtly plumping up tired or deflated lips for a natural look. The treatment itself is quick to perform, taking between 20 to 30 minutes for most of our patients.
We only use FDA-approved, naturally biodegradable lip fillers designed with safety and efficacy in mind. At your initial consultation with our qualified medical practitioners, we’ll discuss a personalised lip filler treatment plan that’s just right for you.
The type of lip augmentation we recommend may vary depending on your age. For instance, you may want to achieve fuller-looking lips when in your 30s, but to smooth and reduce fine lines instead when in your 50s.
We may need to consider one, or a combination, of the following:
The whole process takes just a few minutes and ice can be applied afterwards to reduce any slight swelling.
You should notice results right away, with optimum results seen 5-7 days after treatment once any potential light swelling has ceased.
Lip enhancement treatments can last 9 – 12 months.
As you can see from our lip filler ‘before & afters’, we always recommend a subtle approach to create fuller yet natural looking lips. You can always build on the effect with subsequent top up treatments, which will be tailored at every visit so that lip plumpness is achieved in a soft and subtle way. Your medical practitioner will give you all the advice you need.
Patients are able to get repeat treatments of lip fillers every six months if needed, although results can last from 9 to 12 months. We use premium-grade lip fillers that encourage the skin to produce more collagen over time, to give the lips plumpness and volume in a natural-looking way. Our specialists can advise on repeat treatments and appointment scheduling on request.
At The Cosmetic Skin Clinic, we use Restylane and Juvederm lip-fillers which are renowned for their longevity and unparalleled results. Juvederm Volbella is widely respected as one of the best lip fillers available thanks to its ability to give the lips smoothness, shape and volume in a natural-looing way, with results that last up to 12 months. We also use Restylane lip fillers and Restylane Skinboosters which have been specifically designed for use across the lips and mouth.
No one should end up with a botched up lip job. In order to prevent a bad lip job from happening, it is always advisable to use the most highly trained and skilled medical practitioners.
If you’re concerned about thin lips or unattractive smoker’s lines, put yourself in the safest possible hands for the most effective yet natural improvements. Dr Tracy Mountford, owner of The Cosmetic Skin Clinic, is renowned for her light hands and natural-looking results. She personally handpicks and trains all of our medical practitioners, and we have specialist lip practitioners at the clinic who have undergone the treatment themselves.
We will look at your face from every angle to discuss your concerns. We will explain everything in detail and make you feel at ease and perfectly relaxed on the day of your treatment, to give you complete reassurance that you are in safe, expertly trained and medically qualified hands. So forget any worries about ‘lip jobs gone wrong.’ Our world-class lip filler treatments will have you looking your very best.
It is always advisable to use the most highly trained and skilled medical practitioners for the most effective yet natural of differences.
Dr Tracy Mountford, owner of The Cosmetic Skin Clinic, is renowned for her light hands and natural looking results. She personally handpicks and trains all of our medical practitioners, and we have specialist lip practitioners at the clinic.
We will look at your face from every angle to discuss your concerns. We will explain everything in detail and make you feel at ease and relaxed on the day of your treatment, knowing you’re in safe, expert and medically qualified hands.
Dermal fillers are not likely to affect your baby; however, we always suggest waiting until after you deliver and after you have finished breastfeeding. As no medical studies have been performed on pregnant women, we cannot predict how the skin will react to the filler, considering the body’s hormonal changes during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Your doctor will be able to offer you advice based on your own personal and medical history. Given how much your body changes during pregnancy, we don’t know how it will react to a new treatment; therefore, it is wise to err on the side of caution when considering cosmetic procedures.
Before any procedure of this kind you will be invited to have an in-depth consultation, during which you can talk through the expected results and discuss all the possible outcomes. Your practitioner will make a detailed assessment of your lips and inform you of the possible treatment recommendations that will give balance back to your lips, in keeping with your individual shape and age. For instance, you may want fuller looking lips in your 20s and 30s but as you get older, you may want to smooth and address the fine lines around your lips.
BOTOX helps to smooth wrinkles by relaxing muscles in the targeted areas. It can be used to soften fine lines around the lips for carefully selected patients – but it is not used to volumise or contour the lips. To achieve this, a lip filler is used. Most lip fillers are made from natural hyaluronic acid made up of biodegradable dermal fillers specifically developed for the lips and mouth area, (hyaluronic acid exists naturally in the body). These dermal fillers help to subtly contour and plump the lips.
Lip fillers are a non-surgical way to enhance lips. The Lip fillers we use are specifically developed for the lips and the mouth area and produce the most natural long lasting results. These are made up of hyaluronic acid (a substance that occurs naturally within the body). These specialist dermal fillers are injected into the lips to add volume and shape, as well as to improve the condition of the lips. This type of lip enhancement is lower risk compared to an invasive surgical procedure, when performed by an experienced medically qualified practitioner. HA fillers gradually dissolve over time, with effects lasting several months.
Lip Fillers start from £350 at The Cosmetic Skin Clinic.