Thanks to the growth and fascination of today´s celebrity market, every aspect of their personal life has now come under scrutiny. The most intimate aspects of their lives are laid bare, with cosmetic surgery improvements being no exception. Here, Chief Cosmetic Surgeon Dr Ashish Dutta takes a look at science and art of lip-augmentation in his most recent question and answer session with us.
1. What Are ´Luscious´ Lips Made Of?
There are many brands on the market, with Juvederm being one of the most well known and respected amongst aesthetic professionals. The basic filler is composed of Hyaluronic compound which is injected into the lip area. The Hyaluronic Acid fillers not only plump the lips but also retain moisture to keep any treatments looking natural.
2. Does Lip Filler Hurt?
They say no pain no gain, but that varies very much according to the individual’s level of tolerance. We use a numbing agent (in the form of a gel) which is applied to the general lip area. Some amount of pressure discomfort may still be expected, but will soon pass when the treatment has finished. Some doctors use a local anaesthetic injection, just as the dentist does (Dental Block) and that takes away all the pain during injection.
3. How Fast Can I expect Results?
There will be slight swelling and bruising post-procedure. You will be advised to undertake aftercare by applying ice packs and basic prescribed painkillers to reduce any discomfort. Results should be noticeable after the swelling has subsided at around 24 hours.
4. How Much Lip Filler Is Needed?
This depends entirely on the individual. Lip augmentation depends on the physical appearance of the lips. To achieve fuller lips when you at first have thinner lips can be more expensive as the treatment may have to be undertaken over several sessions to achieve the desired look.
5. How Long Do Lip Fillers Last?
There are several factors that come into play here; including the filler type used and the age of the patient. On average, the treatment can last 4-6 months before any repeat maintenance is required.
6. Can Lip Filler go Wrong?
Any serious adverse reactions are very rare. There can be a slight chance of a skin reaction to Hyaluronic Acid filler. Any allergies and medications must be disclosed during consultation pre-procedure.
7. I’ve Made A Mistake, Can I Have The Lip Filler Removed?
Hyaluronic Acid fillers have the advantage of being able to be dissolved when in-situ. This is undertaken by using a special solution (Hyalouronidase/ Hyalase) so that any mistakes regarding the size and volume can be corrected quickly and safely.
8.Do Lip Fillers Feel Natural?
They will most certainly do so when correctly treated.
9.What Is The Cost Of Lip Filler Treatment?
Lip augmentation using fillers can vary in cost depending on the product used and the amount applied. You should expect to pay in the region of £300-£450 per mL used per treatment.
10.How Do I Find A Reputable Practitioner?
NHS England recommends that any treatment should only be carried out by a qualified surgeon, doctor, dentist or nurse. Good research is the key with many review websites providing recommendations by patients who have undergone the procedure. During your initial consultation, it’s important to give a full disclosure of any medical history or allergies.
The Aesthetic Beauty Centre operates with a fully qualified team of medical professionals; managed by Dr Ashish Dutta (Chief Cosmetic Surgeon) and Wendy Dutta (Chief Aesthetic Nurse.) You can book a consultation by either visiting the website or calling +44 191 293 9339 to arrange a consultation and advice on their full portfolio of invasive and non-invasive treatments.
Article: Dr Ashish Dutta
Photography: Dan Aziz