What are lip fillers?
Lip fillers are a popular cosmetic lip augmentation that uses dermal fillers to plump your lips, correcting asymmetry and gummy smiles, or adding volume to enhance your lip shape for patients with thin lips. Since our lips are a defining facial feature, having lips that are symmetrical, well-shaped, and voluminous can help enhance your natural facial proportions. It is also an excellent option for patients with fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth. Lip filler treatments enhance your lip shape by adding volume to the cupid’s bow, the lip’s border or lining, and the philtrum, but where you receive injections will vary for every patient based on your anticipated outcomes.
Since we use dermal fillers containing hyaluronic acid, results are temporary, meaning if patients change their minds or want a different aesthetic, the injections can be dissolved. This option is available for any dermal filler treatment using hyaluronic acid.
Prices starting from $445 for a more luscious look.
Complementary LED and Aricare Healing Balm.
Benefits of lip fillers
There is a multitude of benefits to receiving lip fillers, including:
- Enhances and restores your lip volume
- Corrects the shape of your lips or any asymmetry of the lips
- Natural results that enhance your natural lip shape
- Improves issues such as a gummy smile
- Smoothes fine lines and wrinkles on and around your mouth
- Quick, easy, and painless treatment with minimal downtime
Lip fillers consultation at Shellharbour Skin
An initial consultation is essential before undergoing your lip filler treatment. You will discuss your concerns and anticipated outcomes of a lip filler treatment, to give our clinicians an idea of your aesthetic goals. Our clinicians will then assess your lips to devise the best injection sites that will enhance your natural lip shape, considering your aesthetic preferences. To ensure the best possible outcome and to minimise risk, you will need to disclose your medical history, allergies, and any medications or supplements you may be on. If you have previously experienced allergic reactions to treatments or skincare, make sure to mention this, including any recent cosmetic treatments you may have undergone. These factors can influence your body’s natural reaction and healing.
Your consultation is the perfect time to ask any questions or raise any concerns you have about the treatment. Your clinician will work with you to provide all the relevant information, and considering the information you provide, will create a treatment plan tailored to your goals.
What to expect
Before treatment begins, your lips will be cleaned thoroughly and a topical numbing cream applied to reduce any discomfort, which will take roughly 15 minutes to begin working. Your clinician will then inject the filler into areas you wish to improve, as agreed upon during your consultation. Lip filler injections can be performed in a combination of areas including the medial lip, the lateral lip, the lip border, the philtrum column, and the cupid’s bow. You will be able to check how it looks as the injections happen and suggest where you would like more volume.
Cost of lip fillers in Illawarra
The cost of lip fillers will vary for every patient based on the amount of filler needed and injection areas to achieve your aesthetic goals. An initial consultation is always recommended before any treatment to devise a customised plan and determine the specific costs for your lip filler treatment. This is the best way to receive the most accurate cost estimates based on your concerns and desired outcomes.
Results & aftercare for lip fillers
Immediately following your lip filler treatment, your clinician will massage your lips to ensure the filler is absorbed. A cool compress may be applied as well to minimise immediate swelling and bruising, but these symptoms can take up to one week to dissipate. Your lips will immediately increase in volume, and with the swelling, this can shock some patients. However, it is important to wait until the swelling and bruising disappear and your full results can be seen, which takes roughly four weeks.
General aftercare for lip fillers can include:
- Apply a cold compress for 10 minutes on and off to help reduce inflammation, swelling, and pain.
- Avoid touching or puckering your lips, such as kissing or sipping from a straw.
- Do not wear lipstick or any other lip products for at least 24 hours post-treatment.
- Take care when brushing your teeth.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Avoid strenuous exercise for at least 24 hours.
Risks & complications
Every cosmetic procedure or treatment has risks and complications associated with it that patients should be aware of before undergoing treatment. Patients may not experience any or all of these symptoms so long as they follow their specific aftercare instructions. Risks and complications associated with lip fillers include:
- Pain and tenderness
- Skin sensitivity
- Tissue death (vascular compromise)
- Filler migration
- Weakened muscles
- Cold sore reactivation