Most frequent questions and answers
I am all about enhancing your beauty and tweaking what is already there and makes us who we are. I always provide free consultations to new patients where we discuss concerns, treatment options and achievability.
I am here to help you understand what it is that we can do to achieve your desired look, not simply inject a set volume of filler. Investing in your practitioner and finding one that you believe in is the hardest step of all and I am honoured to have the trust of my ongoing patients that allow me to work on their beautiful faces time and time again.
A topical anaesthetic cream will be applied to your lips for about 20 minutes before your treatment. You can also request to have dental injections to fully numb your lips before hand if you would like.
This is the most common questions I get asked.
It all depends on how much volume loss has occurred and what look you want to achieve. For example, someone starting out with thinner lips, it would be advisable to start out with a lesser amount to allow your lips time to expand. If you inject too much product at once the filler can expand into the spaces around the lips which is not natural. If someone already has a fuller pout but would like definition, then the lips will be able to take more product. This will all be explained at your consultation appointment based on your lip morphology and your end goal.
Results are instant. You will have some swelling and potentially bruising after your treatment which is normal and expected. This will settle down in the following 4-7 days. It should be noted that the most swelling occurs 24hours after having the treatment and will then decrease from then.
This should be taken into consideration if you are getting filler for a big event.
This depends on what filler choice you select and the treatment area. For places like the lips that are moving often when speaking and eating, the results will typically last between 6-9 months, sometimes longer depending on how quickly your body breaks down the product.
For areas like the cheeks and jaw, results can last up to 18 months as a thicker and more robust filler will be used to create definition.
People often ask why they should see a medical professional for their facial aesthetics over a cheaper high street option.
We have spent a long time studying anatomy of the head and neck and the underlying important structures such as nerves, blood vessels and muscles. This allows us to have a better understanding of how the face works as a whole instead of individual areas and therefore tailor treatment to you as a unique individual, rather than a one size fits all approach. I can provide you with the in depth knowledge that you require to explain why we are doing a procedure in the first place.
In addition, we are prescribers and therefore are the only practitioners that can prescribe emergency drugs and hyaluronidase (hyalase) which is used in emergency situations to dissolve dermal fillers if required.
While dermal fillers can be bought by almost anyone, and treatment carried out in unsafe environments, hyaluronidase has to be prescribed by a medical professional. I highly recommend that you should only ever have lip and dermal filler treatment if you know the clinic has hyaluronidase on hand in case of emergencies.
You should never compromise on quality. Your skin is an investment, not an expense.
A poor injecting technique, use of the wrong filler in the wrong place and various other inexperienced or unknowledgeable applications of dermal filler may lead to lumps, bumps, discolouration and migration of filler to unwanted places. This can also occur if you simply have not been appropriately advised by your practitioner and too high a volume of filler has been injected within too short a time frame. If this is the case I would advise that we dissolve the filler that has migrated and then start again.
Hyaluronidase is an enzyme that exists naturally in your body already. When you get lip fillers normally, low levels of naturally occurring hyaluronidase are the reason they break down over time. If you need your fillers dissolved and removed more quickly, we simply inject safe, more concentrated doses of hyaluronidase to break down the hyaluronic acid in the filler formula, which is then carried away by your body’s own natural systems.