Lip Fillers

Interesting to see that Scarlett Moffatt from Gogglebox has had lip fillers earlier this week.

288645Her reason behind the decision was stated in OK! magazine as to increase her confidence because when she smiles her top lip disappears. This is one of the most common reasons my clients see me for a consultation for this quick procedure.  The results last between 6-12 months then to maintain the fuller appearance the procedure can be repeated.  On the contrary to wanting a “trout pout” most clients want a natural looking but fuller top lip which is generally considered a feminine facial characteristic when compared to the thinner top lip frequently seen in males.

The most common misconception and question I am asked is whether they will end up looking like Leslie Ash.  It is important to understand there are several types of filler product.  The temporary fillers are made from hyaluronic acid which is a synthetic compound made without any animal products.  It is therefore extremely rare to find someone have an allergic reaction to it creating the abnormal appearance Leslie Ash was left with.  Unfortunately Leslie Ash underwent a procedure with a permanent filler which poses the risk of anaphylaxis (amongst others).  Most practitioners, myself included do not offer these procedures because of the risk profile.

The beauty of hyaluronic acid fillers is that they can be smoothed and massaged to give a fantastic result.  They are slowly re-absorbed by the body so there is no dramatic loss of tone or creation of sagging skin. As well as being safe the hyaluronic acid can be dissolved prematurely by injections of hyaluronidase if the result is not the desired one. (Luckily this has never happened in my clinic).

One important thing to remember when considering having a non surgical aesthetic procedure is to ensure you are having the procedure done by a professional.  The clinician should be fully indemnified (insured), have a regular place of work and be readily available.  They should offer follow-up appointments routinely at no additional cost and there should be a no pressure environment whereby the client is selecting a treatment they are satisfied they both want and have realistic expectations of what the result may be.  Some practitioners have a catalog of before and after photos but be wary that they are from the clinician themselves and not the promotional photos from the pharmaceutical companies marketing promotions if you are considering whether that clinician is the right one for you.  Don’t forget that you can’t beat a personal recommendation and your own gut instinct when having a consultation with a practitioner.  A good aesthetics practitioner will have a sufficiently buoyant client base to not be pushy or intimidating during the consultation.  And finally, you are having an expensive procedure I don’t recommend seeking out cut price non-surgical aesthetic treatments because the effects of a poor quality treatment can last weeks and even months and can have devastating effects on your self confidence.  The reason clinic based doctors charge slightly more is because they are offering a high quality service with follow-up and the best quality products. There is currently very little regulation of this field most of the onus is on the client to avoid unqualified and bogus practitioners.  Good luck and feel free to book a free consultation with me to answer any questions or to discuss personalised options.