When looking in the mirror, you may notice your lips and wonder if there is a way to add fullness and shape to them. With ageing, the lips mature and evolve from the pout you had when you were younger. It is common with age for lips to stretch and become thinner. Makeup can help create the illusion of larger lips; however, it cannot correct the loss of lip volume. If you’re looking to restore and enhance your lips, we recommend lip filler injections. Lip fillers can create youthful-looking lips that highlight your face and flatter your facial features.
In your consultation with Dr Gordon at our Illawarra clinic, he will discuss the treatment so you have an understanding of it before evaluating your medical history and desired treatment outcomes. Here at Shellharbour Skin, Dr Gordon and our friendly team will evaluate your suitability, as there are several factors to consider to determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure.
What are lip fillers?
Lip Fillers are a cosmetic procedure that enhances the lips with dermal fillers. Lip fillers can be used to combat a variety of lip issues, including lack of volume, asymmetry, and reducing gummy smiles. The procedure adds volume to the cupid’s bow of the lip, the border and the philtrum to create an even lip shape. Additionally, this treatment is used to create symmetrical, voluminous lips for each patient.
Dermal fillers are made using hyaluronic acid, which creates temporary results. Once injected, the hyaluronic acid attracts and holds water which adds volume to the lips. Due to the nature of the substance, fillers can easily be dissolved if patients change their minds about the procedure.
Who should consider lip augmentation
Lip augmentation is suited to a wide variety of patients who want to enhance the size, shape or volume of their lips. Our Shellharbour Skin team understands that this treatment is a good way to treat several concerns for patients looking to enhance their lips. It is important to get this procedure for the right reasons and to have an understanding of the ideal candidates for Lip Filler.
As we age, our lips begin to stretch and become thinner as they fill out our faces. Your once-plump lips may reflect premature ageing signs and look strained over time. Here at Shellharbour Skin, Dr Gordon sees many patients looking to restore their youthful lip appearance with a natural-looking enhancement. We recommend this procedure for patients looking to target issues caused to their lips via ageing, as lip fillers can balance the face as it ages.
Self Confidence issues
If a patient is feeling self-conscious about their lips, lip filler is an excellent option to fill out their insecurities and create their desired results. Here at Shellharbour Skin, we tailor our results to our clients and discuss their ideal outcomes with them to guide the treatment. Feel confident in your choice of lip fillers to enhance your natural beauty.
Lip and Facial asymmetry
For many patients, one lip may be more prominent than the other, which can be an area of concern. Patients can be born with lip asymmetry, or it can develop with age as the lips lose collagen and volume. For some patients, their features are out of proportion, and therefore, they would be a candidate for lip fillers. Lip fillers can enhance one or both lips to create an even pout and restore symmetry to the face.
Wrinkles around the mouth
With ageing and loss of volume, the skin around the mouth begins to form wrinkles. Once injected, lip fillers can smooth and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth. When the lips lose volume, elastin, and collagen, the skin around the mouth will no longer have elasticity and will sag and fold. Patients with this feature are ideal candidates for a lip filler treatment.
Looking for a non-permanent solution
Fortunately, lip fillers are a temporary solution to lip enhancement. Many patients want the results of surgical procedures such as surgical lip augmentation, lip implants or a lip lift without invasiveness. Lip fillers are a quick procedure that can reduce the visibility of premature ageing signs and add volume to your mouth. We recommend this procedure for patients who are looking to try a lip enhancement procedure that can be reversed. The hyaluronic acid used in lip fillers can be broken down to reverse signs if a patient no longer wants their results or wants to take a different route. Either way, our team is here to help you and make sure you are happy with your results.
Wanting natural-looking results
Patients looking for natural results should consider this procedure, as Dr Gordon and the injectable nurses are experienced in creating subtle lip filler results. It is important to choose an experienced physician to administer your lip fillers. Dr Gordon will evaluate your features and determine the correct areas to inject the lip fillers to ensure you receive optimal results.
Doing it for yourself
When discussing your ideal outcomes for your procedure, Dr Gordon will gain an idea of if you are looking to perform this procedure for your own reasons and self-confidence issues. When having any procedure, it is important that you only go forward with the treatment if it is your individual idea and not due to someone else’s opinions. Here at Shellharbour Skin, we want you to have the best results possible, and we want you to feel confident in your choice.
Understanding lip fillers
The most important factor of being an ideal lip filler candidate is having an understanding of the procedure and how it is performed. Patients should have realistic expectations of the procedure and understand what is and isn’t achievable. Discuss your ideal results with Dr Gordon so he can determine if it is achievable or if several sessions are needed to reach your goal. Lip fillers are an enhancement that should be used accordingly, and therefore, they cannot drastically change the shape of your mouth.
Healthy and non-smoker
When evaluating your medical records, an ideal candidate must be of average health and a non-smoker. Smoking and certain medications or supplements can affect your body’s ability to clot blood which can interfere with the procedure. Blood clotting can ruin the natural, smooth results we strive for, and therefore, this procedure cannot be performed on smokers or those who cannot stop taking certain medications. We recommend avoiding aspirin, naproxen, ibuprofen, vitamin E, and fish oil in the lead-up to your procedure to avoid increasing the body’s ability to cause blood clots.
Who should not have lip augmentation?
We do not recommend this procedure for a select group of patients. Patients who have poorly controlled diabetes, connective tissue disorders, lupus, and blood-clotting disorders will not have this procedure performed as they run a risk of blood clotting and bleeding. Patients with oral herpes should discuss their case with Dr Gordon as this can increase the risk of cold sores forming after the treatment and affect the results. Additionally, patients with a reaction to animal products should discuss this information with our team to determine if they should have a filler that is a non-animal derived product or if the procedure is suited to them at all.
Contact Shellharbour Skin today
In your consultation at our Illawarra Shellharbour Skin Clinic, Dr Barney Gordon will use his extensive experience to evaluate your suitability for this procedure. Our team is run by accomplished aesthetic medicine practitioner, Dr Gordon, who aims to provide the best possible results for your aesthetic needs, that you’ll be confident in. Choosing the right doctor and clinic are important factors in getting the right results for you. Dr Gordon will discuss your treatment goals in your consultation to understand if this procedure is the right choice for you.
Reach out to our team today and book a consultation to determine if you are an ideal candidate for lip filler injections.