Lip Filler Overview

Lip filler can be an effective cosmetic treatment in adding volume and definition to your lips. Typically, there are two types of people seeking lip filler but the underlying reason is usually cosmetic. On one hand, there are the younger generation looking to keep up with recent trends of ‘plumpifying’ the size of their lips. On the other, we have a more mature group of patients who recognise that their lips have lost volume over time. The steps involved in addressing both parties are the same – lip filler.

Lip augmentation using dermal filler is a very specialised field and the results can be outstanding. The aim should be to balance the lips and add volume proportionately so that results look natural and subtle.

The most commonly used brands of dermal filler for lips that give the best results are Juvéderm Volbella® and Restylane Silk® however each practitioner has their own preference. All fillers used for lips should be hyaluronic acid-based and last up to 12-months.

As a general rule, you should only get a maximum of 1ml injected at any given session. Remember, the best results are achieved over multiple sittings over the course of a few months once the swelling has come down and the tissues have had time adjust to the filler. Swelling typically takes 2-weeks to come down.

The procedure itself takes 15-20 minutes to perform with no down-time. Topical numbing cream or local anaesthetic injection can be used to help manage your pain as the lips are a highly sensitive area. Most dermal fillers come ready mixed with 0.3% lidocaine (the numbing agent in local anaesthetic) which further helps control any pain.

In the unlikely event of an adverse reaction, dermal filler can be dissolved using a special enzyme called Hyaluronidase. This is a prescription only agent and so it is important you seek a medically qualified practitioner with the ability to prescribe.

PRODUCT : Lip Filler
ANAESTHETIC : Part of Treatment
DURATION : 20 Minutes
RECOVERY : Immediate
RESULTS LAST : 6 - 12 Months

How does lip filler work?

Lip filler consists of hyaluronic acid – which is a gel like substance identical to the protein that is naturally present in our skin. It is skilfully injected, just millimetres below the skin, and results in attracting water molecules to it. This gives rise to an increase in volume to provide fuller, more plumper looking lips. Not only can they be used to add volume, but they can also be used to address any asymmetry from natural deformities such as cleft palate.

Your practitioner will first assess the basic structure of your lips. Filler is added into three key areas using a variety of techniques:

  • The vermillion border – to add definition along the border of the lips
  • The body of the lip – to add volume to the body of the lips
  • The philtrum – to add definition at the cupids bow

In order to achieve the best results, practitioners will use either a cannula (a blunt needle) or a small needle to access these areas. Some practitioners will use a combination of both depending on your anatomy and their preference.

The lips are one of the most sensitive areas of the face and so anaesthetic is necessary. Topical numbing cream can be used or a dental block using local anaesthetic.

Lip Scale

As part of empowering you into making an informed decision, use the lip scale as a reference point. This is a great tool to help gauge where your lips are currently and where you want to go. As you progress up the different stages (I-V), you require a minimum of 1ml of lip filler to achieve the next stage.

Lip filler before & afters



What happens after lip filler treatments?

Recovery after your treatment is immediate. You can genuinely go back to work the same day. What you tell your boss is up to you. You might experience the following, and if present, here are some great tips in managing them:

  • Bruising – This can sometimes happen, especially if you are on blood thinning medication. To help, you can apply some Arnica cream.
  • Mild pain – Not common but if experienced, Paracetamol is your go to. Do not go over the recommended dose. If Paracetamol is not helping, get in touch with your practitioner for a review as there might be another cause for the pain that needs addressing.
  • Swelling – After any application of dermal filler, some swelling is expected. An ice pack can help but take care in the first 24 hours where it is recommended you do not touch the site of injection.

Most of these symptoms resolve after 3-5 days following treatment. If they last any longer, we recommend you contact your practitioner.

Please note, if you develop any blue/grey discolouring of your skin, severe pain/swelling, any skin changes or changes in vision in the minutes/hours after treatment, contact your practitioner urgently to seek some medical advice.

What are the risks of lip filler treatments?

Following your treatment, it is important to be aware of certain signs and symptoms which may need urgent medical attention. These rarely occur but we want you to be well informed. If these arise, it is vital you contact your medically qualified practitioner for advice.

  • Infection – If you develop a fever, redness of the skin, warmth of the skin or any itchiness around the area injected – it could mean you have an infection. This is easily treated with a course of oral antibiotics. If you have a history of cold sores, injectable treatment might cause a outbreak. As a preventative measure, your practitioner will prescribe you a course of oral anti-viral medication before your treatment.
  • Allergic Reaction – In the minutes/hours following treatment, if you develop severe swelling, itchiness, puffiness around the eyes, any difficulty in breathing – this could indicate a severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis. If these symptoms occur, it is important to seek urgent medical attention through A&E. You will also need your dermal filler to be dissolved using Hyaluronidase.
  • Vascular Occlusion – This occurs if dermal filler accidentally enters a blood vessel. Although rare, symptoms include grey/blue discolouration of the skin and severe pain, If present, urgently contact your practitioner as the only way to treat this is by dissolving the filler. In even rarer circumstances, the occlusion can affect your vision. If you notice any changes, it is vital you go to your nearest eye hospital and also contact your practitioner to meet you there.

What are contraindications for lip filler treatments?

Dermal fillers are widely used in the field of aesthetics however there are some contraindications which if present, would mean it is simply unsafe for you to have the procedure. At Fvce, we never compromise on safety, and so if you meet any of the following criteria, we would not allow you to book through us. There is some grey area with every case, and we more than welcome you to contact our dedicated medical team to get some free advice on whether you would be eligible for treatment.

  • Active skin infection on the face/planned injection area eg Cellulitis
  • Known allergy/hypersensitivity to hyaluronic acid based dermal filler
  • Known allergy/hypersensitivity to lidocaine (local anaesthetic agent)
  • Current pregnant
  • Previous history of glabellar skin necrosis (previous vascular occlusion around the forehead following dermal filler injection)

Email us on medical.team@fvce.co.uk for any queries regarding contraindications to treatment.

Lip Filler Reviews

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December 01, 2019

Great service, was very professional and I was extremely happy with the treatment itself as well as support afterwards.

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October 14, 2019

Roo has an excellent professional performance and the results of the treatment are always 100 percent. I always feel confident and reassured by her presence and ability.

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February 04, 2020

I highly recommend Arch Aesthetics. I’ve used Dr Arachana services multiple times over the last few years and the results have been amazing. Most recently, I have had lip fillers and her perfection and technique have been first class. Her services post-treatment are very helpful as she has always been available when I have had any questions or concerns on demand. Amazing work and great service.

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March 03, 2020

Dr Cindy Teo is very professional and understands your needs. I had my lips done for the first time using Juvederm and had the exact results that I am looking for. I have also received so many compliments on my lips. Aftercare and follow up was also great.

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November 12, 2019

I cannot find enough words to express my gratitude to Doctor Joshua. He's truly a master of his trade with an innate passion and natural talent at what he does. He puts emphasis on natural beauty which was the main reason I opted to go with Joshua as it has become a rarity!

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January 03, 2020

Ok So I have had my fair share of experiences with both BTX and filler injectables. Been to the best in Belgium and Holland but never have I have had an procedure like with Dr. Joshua. We disolved my fillers and started from zero. I have had 1ml of lipfillers and about 8ml distributed all over the rest of my face , we built this up over a few appointments. I am SO happy with the work Dr. Joshua has done for me!!! These are fillers even mommy and daddy aproved of ! Worth every single penny! Thankyou so much Dr Joshua for bringing the best out of me with your magic hands!!

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November 06, 2019

As a fan of all things beauty Related I am always interested in finding the newest trends and best doctors to get the job done. I am also a very loyal patient so for me to just switch doctors is not something you will see me do easily... untill I met Dr Joshua. I went to him to check my current lip fillers that I had done after a freak accident. For a while I saw something was wrong with my lips I had them “touched up” but they just did not look the way they where suppost to... my first meeting with Joshua was amazing , he immediately saw what was wrong he educated me and explained very honest what was going on in my case and not only that, he explained everything to me in such a way there was hope to have it fixed... He guided me all the way! Never ever did I encounter some one so honest, kind and yet so professional. He gave me back my self confidence and got rid of my overfilled lips, guided me in this journey step by step. To me this man is a lip god!! And I am not even talking about all the rest! Listen many doctors will tell you story’s ...Joshua will tell you the honest truth always. And inform you about the best products for you aswell as all the possibilities and that is an amazing quality to find today, especially with doctors. For me personally he is the best at what he does making people even more beautiful in a natural way.

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February 05, 2020

Very Personal, unrushed consultations. Been seeing him a few times and it's always great. Would highly recommend. I just hopes he doesn't get too busy for me!

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January 04, 2020

I simply love Lumen Skin Clinic! A nice chat and welcome, no pain and a very professional treatment with natural results. I get many compliments after!

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January 06, 2020

Just a quick review to say I’m extremely happy with the results of my treatment – I look rested, relaxed and very natural. Thank you!

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October 04, 2019

“I would recommend DK to anyone. Dee was friendly, welcoming, honest, and very helpful. She said I’ll be in control during my treatments and told me clearly what is safest for me and what I should expect. Dee is very personable and I know that I’ll be in very safe and skilled hands when I have my lip filler treatments from her soon, I can’t wait.”

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October 03, 2019

I have to say that the whole experience, from consultation to aftercare, has been outstanding. I've never had facial aesthetics carried out before and he put me at ease right away. It's a few months on and my lips still look fabulous - thank you!

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February 22, 2020

Absolutely delighted with what I got done very professional and Keith is a lovely person. Highly recommended.

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November 08, 2019

Had a fantastic experience at keemaesthetics. Keith made me feel welcome and reassured. As a first timer for lip filler, I was very nervous, but felt at ease with Keith. Really pleased with my results. Thank you.

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January 02, 2020

Very happy with the results will definitely come back for more BTX. Rupesh is very professional and asvised on the best treatments for me. Another happy customer!

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April 03, 2020

Rupesh was friendly, patient and attentive. He took the time to answer all my queries and did not make me feel rushed or dismissed at all. He gave me advice on products, quantity and shape. He talked me through every step he was taking. He offers a high level of care, quality and expertise in my opinion. I was very happy with my lips walking out of his office and most definitely will return to him for re-fills.

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May 19, 2020

I have been getting treatment from Dr Roshan for almost a years now and I must say I have always been very happy with the results. I would highly recommend his services to everyone but especially to people having treatment for the first time. I remember how nervous I was the first time but he took his time explaining everything to me and answering all my questions.

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January 04, 2020

Honestly my lips look amazing, you made me feel relaxed amd comfortable. I would recommend you to anyone. Thank you so much for giving me the lips i always wanted

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August 21, 2020

So pleased with my results and consultation. Dr Natasha explains the procedure step by step and is a credit to her industry. Amazing results, minimal swelling and great aftercare

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November 05, 2019

A thoroughly professional, expert medic delivering tailored treatments. Dr Roo is caring, compassionate and competent aesthetics medic, in whom I have full confidence for my treatments. Highly recommend for aesthetic needs.

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November 27, 2019

I've had a few treatments with Catherine. She is very professional and friendly. I'd highly recommend Catherine for any of your aesthetics treatments.

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November 05, 2019

A thoroughly professional, expert medic delivering tailored treatments. Dr Roo is caring, compassionate and competent aesthetics medic, in whom I have full confidence for my treatments. Highly recommend for aesthetic needs.

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October 25, 2019

Excellent service, puts you at ease. Incredibly professional. Would highly recommend

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