What do fillers contain?
Most fillers are based on hyaluronic acid (HA), which is the body’s own natural skin plumper and so has an almost impossible risk of an allergic reaction. Thinner or less dense fillers are used for surface areas like lips and crow’s feet, and thicker ones are injected deeper into plump cheeks. All the lip fillers we use are FULLY REVERSIBLE from the time they are administered, until the time they are reabsorbed. So even in the unlikely event, you didn’t like the results, we can reverse them in seconds.
What are the risks?
Reactions are incredibly rare, and the products we use are non-animal sourced, sterile, and have an exceptional safety profile and have been used for 35 years without issue. HA occurs naturally in your eye fluids, your joints and all over the human body. Indeed it’s naturally occurring within the human body. As such, it’s incredibly difficult to be allergic to it. The horror stories are seen on TV, and in magazines (eg Lesley Ash), are normally concerning permanent, silicon-based fillers. We use temporary, non-permanent, HA fillers for lips for this very reason, and are very safety conscious. We do not advocate, and would never use permanent fillers.
How long will the results last?
The body reabsorbs HA lip fillers within around 6-9 months, depending on the age of the patient, their metabolism, the amount of exercise they do regularly, the normal blood flow to the face and whether they smoke. For example, younger patients have a faster metabolism and increased blood flow to the face, and therefore their filler, for example, may last at the shorter end of the normal scale and break down more readily. Other facial dermal fillers last longer because other facial areas are not as mobile as the mouth, and as such fillers in these areas not broken down quite so quickly. There is no hard and fast rule to this, and everyone is different, which is important to remember.
Is there any down time?
Plumping injections can often make the lips swell up for a day or two, but properly administered fillers shouldn’t cause the same tell-tale swelling in other areas of the face.
Most people swell most the morning following treatment, but it quickly subsides and the vast majority of patients report lip puffiness only for about 48 hours. How you react to the injections is often down to the individual. If you are prone to bruising, it would logically follow that your chances of doing so after this procedure, are elevated.