Lip fillers are probably the most popular cosmetic treatment right now and even if you haven’t got them, chances are you have thought about trying them. The problem is – it’s scary! What if you don’t like them? We have all seen those over inflated duck lips on the internet and tv (have you been watching Married at First Sight??). It’s really important to make sure you are going to be happy with the final result. So, to make sure your lips look as natural as possible, flatter your face and balance with your unique facial features we asked Dr Brigid Lee, from the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic and an International Trainer for Galderma, what her top tips are for using lip fillers to achieve the most natural and youthful lips.
1. Take it slowly. Start with a small amount of filler – you can always add more! 1ml is usually a good starting point. To achieve Kylie Kardashians over inflated pout you are looking at about 3mls (at least!) so 1ml will give a subtle, natural result.
2. Teeth support the lips so uneven teeth can make for uneven lips. You might need to see your dentist first.
3. A good injector will look at the face as a whole to see how fuller lips will affect the overall proportions of your face. Sometimes volume loss in other areas can affect the way the lips look. Amazing lips can look completely overdone if the tissue surrounding them is saggy. Also don’t be surprised if your chin is injected as the chin can affect the balance of the lower to upper lip.
4. The most common side effects are bruising, tenderness and swelling. There are important blood vessels in this area so it’s VERY important that the person injecting understands anatomy well and knows how to avoid hitting or getting product into those vessels to avoid permanent scarring and disfigurement.