How is this done?
Lip plumping and shaping is achieved by injecting filler along the lip margin (vermillion border) and into the body of the lip until the desired shape and lip volume is attained. There are a variety of injection techniques that can be used, for example we can run filler behind the lips to enhance pout. We prefer a more natural look observing the ideal ratios between top and bottom lip. The fillers we use are from the Juvederm range and are made from hyaluronic acid which is naturally occurring in the human body.
Does it hurt?
Absolutely not. After a couple of injections like you get from your dentist, both lips will be entirely numb. Work will not commence until we are certain the lips are numb, so you can rest assured the procedure will be totally painless.
Any side effects?
The lips will be initially swollen or possibly bruised but this usually subsides within 48 hours. By the time we do our 2 week check all swelling and bruising will have gone. The fillers are reversible in the unlikely event of any problems
How long does it last?
Initially 6 months (less if you smoke) but subsequent treatments may last 9 months to 1 year. The new Juvederm fillers Volbella abd Volift last for a year
What about gummy smiles and lip lines?
We can improve the appearance of gummy smiles using small quantities of botulinum toxin in the top lip. This will also help lip lines, although filling the lines is usually preferable.