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What To Expect From Your First Dermal Lip Filler Appointment

Well defined and shapely lips will always be fashionable, but if you naturally have thin or asymmetrical lips there is only so much that lipstick can do. This is why many people choose to enhance their lips with an injectable dermal filler, which can add volume and well defined borders to your lips.

This is a relatively quick and non-invasive procedure that can help to boost your confidence and complement the rest of your cosmetic treatments, such as semi permanent makeup. Here’s a look at what dermal lip fillers involve and what to expect. 

What are lip fillers?

Lip fillers, also known as lip augmentation, are injectable fillers that are typically made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occuring substance that is often used in facial serums because of its ability to retain moisture and create a natural looking plumpness to the skin. 

When a tailored amount is injected into the lips, it can improve the appearance by correcting unevenness or loss of volume, and creating more definition to the borders. This can make your face look more youthful and symmetrical, and enable you to wear the lip colour of your choice with confidence. 

What happens during the procedure?

Before the procedure, you will have a consultation with a qualified beautician to discuss your expectations and suitability for the treatment, and to discuss any concerns that you might have. The treatment can be personalised with variable amounts of filler, so you can be sure that you will have the desired results.

Your lips will then be cleansed and a topical gel or numbing cream will be applied to minimise any discomfort from the injections. A fine needle will then be used to inject the filler into specific areas of your lips. This process will be tailored to enhance the natural shape of your lips and facial structure, and address any issues such as asymmetry or thinness.

This process will typically take between 15 to 30 minutes, and the practitioner may massage your lips to ensure that the product is distributed evenly. 


Immediately after the treatment, you may notice that your lips appear swollen, red and bruised. These side effects are normal and should subside within a few days. Your beautician will advise you on specific aftercare procedures to ensure that you get the best results from your treatment. 

You may be advised to avoid strenuous activities for at least 24 hours after the treatment, and to avoid touching your lips. This is to avoid excess blood flow or infections to the area that could disrupt the final results. You should also avoid applying any makeup, but keep your lips lightly hydrated.

It will take up to a week for the full results of the procedure to become apparent, so bear this in mind if you have any special occasions to plan for. Your lips should be enhanced with a natural looking fullness for between six months to a year.

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