Lip filler is used for a number of reasons in the lips. You can use lip filler to enhance natural beauty, augment the lips for a more dramatic effect, sharpen the border of the lips (vermillion border), correct asymmetry of the lips and restore balance to lip proportions. Filler can also be used to create/enhance lip pouts and volume.
Lip filler can be performed in both men and women — male lip filler can help to enhance a male face, ranging from subtle tweaks to more significant enhancemment.
Doctor Alex prefers the classic beauty style of lips — this looks more natural, and follows the established mathematical laws of beauty, which never go out of fashion. So you won't find "sausage lips" or "trout pouts" here! Just beautifully proportioned lips, individually tailored to suit your face, rather than "one fits all" performed in less than 15 minutes.
Doctor Alex performs lip filler treatments in both his Manchester City Centre and Sheffield clinics.
Lip filler can help by correcting any of the issues listed above. For the best results, some lips only need a half syringe (0.5 ml) treatment for small tweaks and corrections of asymmetry, whilst others may need multiple filler treatments over several sessions if a more dramatic transformation is desired.
Doctor Alex can use both needle and advanced micro-cannula techniques to enhance lips, which can be discussed in greater detail during the consultation.
Immediately after your lip filler treatment, you will see the difference. However, the lips can swell up significantly during and after the treatment, making them appear much larger than the final result. This can last for several days after treatment, before settling down to their final result.
Doctor Alex advises having lip filler a week before any major event in order to allow the swelling to settle in time.
This will vary depending on the type of lip filler used. Standard filler may last 3—6 months, whilst the premium lip filler can last up to a year. Results vary person to person depending on multiple factors, such as genetics and lifestyle.
Lip filler can be a little uncomfortable as the lips are a very sensitive area. Numbing cream is usually applied to help reduce any pain, and local anaesthetic (numbing injection of lidocaine) can be used for lip filler injected using a cannula.
Whilst there isn't any major recovery time, some people find their lips swell significantly for a few days afterwards. Doctor Alex therefore advises you to bear this in mind when booking your lip filler consultation/treatment.
As with any procedure where a needle is used, there is a risk of bleeding, bruising, pain, and swelling with lip filler treatments. If any of these develop, it is usually short-lived, and the use of a cannula can help to minimise these, but it does vary person to person.
Some people can develop swelling/oedema (fluid retention) which can last for several weeks, or may even need the filler dissolving.
Small deposits of filler can occasionally be felt, which can usually be easily corrected. Allergic reaction, infection and granulomas (inflammatory lumps) are rare possible complications.
Even rarer complications include injection of filler into, or compression of, a blood vessel. This can cause vascular compromise/occlusion. The cannula technique helps to minimise this risk even further, as does the needle technique Doctor Alex uses on the lips.
Prices start from £155 (special offer, reduced from £175) for 0.5 ml of standard filler, or £250 (reduced from £295) for 1 ml of standard filler. Every treatment is tailored towards your unique face and aesthetic, therefore exact pricing will be discussed at the consultation after a full assessment. Please see the price list for full list of treatments.