8 Things you need to know before having Dermal Lip Fillers


Dermal fillers allows you to enhance the beauty of your lips which are a vital part of facial beauty. For many people; fuller and more defined lips come high on their wish list and at IPSA we can help you achieve your desired look.

1)Fillers are made from Hyaluronic Acid, which is naturally found in the skin.

Benefits of the use of Hyaluronic acid filler:

  • Hyaluronic acid has a unique ability to store moisture and is therefore responsible for giving skin a plump, hydrated look.
  • When injected it restores lost volume and replenishes your body’s natural production of Hyaluronic acid, which diminishes as you age.
  • Use of Hyaluronic acid fillers allows for control over the volume of product that is injected, and this way there is much better control of the lip volume that is created.
  • Any bumps or lumps that may appear after treatment (that can be created through the movement of your lips) can be easily dissolved). The easy reversibility with Hyalase of these commonly used dermal fillers provides a comforting safety margin that ensures such fillers are associated with almost no permanent adverse events. This benefit contrasts strongly with the inflexibility and irreversibility of permanent fillers.
  • Allergic reactions are unlikely because the filler replicates a naturally occurring substance in your body.
  • There is less bruising and swelling with Hyaluronic acid when compared to the other types of dermal fillers.

2) One injection can make lips look plumper for several months, and maybe longer. 

  • Dermal fillers have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their ability to add volume with a single trip to the doctor.
  • You will see the results almost immediately but your lips will be a little swollen at first. After about 72 hours from the procedure you will see the swelling calming and you will be able to see your filled out lips as they will be for the next few months.
  • Results last 4-6 months on average however the longevity of your results beyond this time frame varies. The more active the area (smiling, eating or talking) the faster the formula is reabsorbed.

3) Good filler is invisible.

  • At IPSA we have discovered that the key to natural looking perfection is building volume in layers and stages. At our specialist clinic, results can be achieved in a gradual way by having injections over a series of appointments leaving you looking like a refreshed version of yourself.
  • Lip with fillers should not feel any different than real lips, after the procedure they may feel slightly bumpy at first, but this settles within a week and your lips should o back to feeling natural.


4) Filler techniques have improved massively in the last 10 years.

  • Collagen used to be the most commonly used dermal filler, but it is used less nowadays because the newer Hyaluronic acid fillers tend to be safer with longer lasting effects. The other lip-plumping methods such as implants and fat injections are also less used due to the higher risks of side effects and the lack of consistency with the results.

 5) It matters who does your filler. 

  • Different practitioners have different philosophies, techniques and levels of experience so make sure that you communicate with your physician about your desired realistic results. At IPSA, your specialist will explain the lip-augmentation procedure to you, and will carry out a brief consultation with you to determine the best route to achieve the results you are looking for.
  • The NHS recommends injectable should only be carried out by either a surgeon, doctor, dentist or nurse. You should only see licensed and trained physicians for any injectable treatment. This is due to risks of infection, discolouration and lumps if the injections are not done correctly.
  • If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is!


6)Bad filler can be reversed!

  1. If you are not happy with the results of a prior lip filler treatment we can adjust the area at IPSA to give you your desired result through:The injection of additional filler to balance the look of the lips.
  2. The injection of hyalase enzyme which acts in minutes to dissolve unwanted filler and restore the original facial contours.

7) There are some times you shouldn’t get fillers injected.

These times are:

  1. If you’re pregnant, breast feeding as there are no published studies establishing the safety of these elective cosmetic procedures during pregnancy, it is recommended that you avoid them during your pregnancy and also if you decide to breastfeed.
  2. If you’re battling a sinus infection as any infection in the facial area could spread to the injection site.
  3. If you’re about to have a dentist appointment (even just for a teeth cleaning) as these procedures require pressure and stretching of the face that could misplace fillers. Ideally a week should be waited between injectable dermal fillers and a dentist appointment.

8)The risks and side effects!

There are temporary side effects from hyaluronic acid fillers which should only last for a few days, such as:

  • Slight bleeding from your injection sites
  • Redness/tenderness at your injection sites
  • Slight swelling/bruising

Very rarely, you may experience some more serious side effects/risks from your lip-augmentation procedure. If you do experience a fever or any extreme swelling, then contact your IPSA skin clinic immediately. The rarer possible issues can include:

  • Severe or prolonged swelling/bruising (which can last for 7 to 10 days)
  • Lumps/irregularities in your lips
  • Scarring, stiffening or ulceration of your lips
  • Redness, swelling or itching around your lips caused by an allergic reaction
  • Infection
  • Tissue loss due to injection into a blood vessel