Lip Fillers

Lip Augmentation at Your IPSA Skin Clinic

Lip augmentation is a type of cosmetic procedure which can give you plumper and fuller lips.

At your IPSA skin clinic, your specialist cosmetic practitioner will inject a dermal filler into your lips and around your mouth area for the lip-augmentation procedure, after assessing you fully for the procedure. You IPSA 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.

Many varieties of dermal fillers can be used for lip augmentation. The most common dermal fillers are products containing substances that are similar to hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance that is found in your body. Hyaluronic acid helps to increase the volume in your lips and these kinds of dermal fillers are called ‘hyaluronic acid fillers’.

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.


Uses of hyaluronic acid fillers

Hyaluronic acid fillers add structure, volume and shape to your lips, thus improving their appearance, with the plumping effect lasting anywhere between 9 and 12 months.

Benefits of hyaluronic acid fillers

Injecting the dermal filler both shapes and supports your lip tissue, and there are many benefits in using the hyaluronic acid types of filler:

  • Gradual treatment pace: Desired results can be achieved in a gradual way by having injections over a series of appointments.
  • Control over the lip volume achieved: Your IPSA specialist can adjust and control the volume of hyaluronic acid that is injected, and this way there is much better control of the lip volume that is created.
  • Any bumps or lumps (that can be created through the movement of your lips) can be easily dissolved.
  • Allergic reactions are unlikely because the filler replicates a naturally occurring substance in your body. (Your IPSA specialist will ask about your response to lidocaine prior to undertaking the procedure.)
  • There is less bruising/swelling with hyaluronic acid when compared to the other types of dermal fillers.
  • The results of your procedure are fairly long-lasting, although they are not permanent.


What to expect during your IPSA lip-augmentation procedure

Injectable lip-augmentation procedures can be undertaken quickly at your IPSA skin clinic (following a brief assessment) with little or no downtime. Before giving you the injections, your IPSA skin specialist will apply a topical/local numbing agent to ease any possible discomfort. Your IPSA clinician will carefully mark the areas that will be injected and then use very fine needles to inject the hyaluronic acid filler into your lips/mouth area.

After you have had the injections, ice can be given. This eases discomfort and controls any swelling. No firm pressure will be put on your treatment area.

After you have had the lip-augmentation procedure, avoid using lipstick (or other lip products) until your lips have healed. You should immediately notice a difference in your lips and your lips should also feel natural after they have healed.


Side Effects and Risks

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


For you same-day IPSA lip-augmentation appointment, call your IPSA skin clinic today or book online.