Fillers are a form of non-surgical, cosmetic procedure, second only in popularity to Botox. They can provide an anti-ageing effect by supposedly adding volume and plumpness to parts of the face and by filling fine lines and wrinkles.
Mike Saul, Head of Cosmetic Surgery Negligence here at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors, answers some of your frequently asked questions regarding lip fillers, one of the most common treatments in the cosmetic market:
“What exactly are lip fillers?”
Lip fillers are employed in lip augmentation procedures to ideally provide patients with fuller, plumper lips. Injectable dermal fillers with compounds similar to hyaluronic acid can sometimes be used (a naturally occurring substance in the body), as opposed to fillers such as collagen, as it has been suggested that these are potentially safer.
“Are lip fillers right for me?”
Part of the ageing process can involve our lips becoming thinner. Fine lines can appear at the edges and sometimes the corners of the lips can turn downwards. Lip fillers can be used to help restore and enhance the shape and volume of lips and correcting downturned corners. Lip fillers are not permanent and can be administered in small doses, to gradually achieve your required look.
If you suffer from cold sores, diabetes or conditions which can affect blood clotting, ensure you let your surgeon know so they can give you the correct advice for your individual circumstances.
“What does the procedure involve?”
Firstly, as lips can be very sensitive, a local numbing gel will be applied or in some cases, an injection similar to one you might receive from a dentist, may be administered. Next, the surgeon will make a mark on the parts of the lips that need treating before injecting the fillers in.
After the procedure, it is likely you will be given an ice pack to reduce swelling but be careful not to apply too much pressure to the affected areas. It is advisable to avoid lipstick, smoking and other products until your lips have healed due to the risk of infection.
“How long do treatments last?”
The effect of lip augmentation is said to last from three to nine months depending on the individual in question. Over time, your body will break down the fillers returning your lips to their original appearance unless further, top-up treatments are undertaken.
“What are the potential side-effects, risks and signs of potential negligence?”
There is always the chance of a risk involved in any cosmetic procedure. This is why it is essential that you choose a qualified surgeon, experienced in this kind of treatment.
Occasionally, lip fillers may cause bleeding from where the needles have punctured the skin. Swelling, bruising or localised redness may also occur. More serious, adverse effects and possible signs of negligence may include severe swelling, lip asymmetry or irregularities, infections, scarring or allergic reactions characterised by itching and swelling.
To find out more information on lip augmentation or another form of cosmetic surgery procedure, please take a look at our Cosmetic Surgery Negligence Guides. If you believe you may have received negligent cosmetic surgery, contact us today on 0800 634 0285 .