What product is used
At the Mid Yorkshire Skin Clinic we use only non-permanent, gold standard and clinically safe products available from a pharmacy. We like to offer a range of products to meet our patient’s individual needs. We use leading brands of hyaluronic acid based fillers such Aliaxin and Belotero for lip enhancement. These are monophasic hyaluronic acids and not very heavily cross linked resulting in less complications and side effects.
How does it work?
Hyaluronic acid is a natural constituent of skin, young skin is continuously moisturised from within by this naturally occurring sugar. It attracts and holds on to water to provide hydration, structure and volume. The skin’s levels of hyaluronic acid dramatically diminish with age causing skin to become dry and lose volume.
Each lip filler used at Mid Yorkshire Skin Clinic is a smooth gel formulation with cross linked hyaluronic acid and Lidocaine (local anaesthetic), it is injected into the lip outline and body of the lip and if required the perioral lines (vertical lines above or below the lip border).
We offer three types of lip enhancement: –
How popular is this treatment?
Hyaluronic acid based fillers are now the second most popular aesthetic procedure in the U.S. with nearly 2.5 million treatments in 2016. Although similar statistics are not yet available in the U.K., there has been tremendous growth in the use of HA fillers in this country. More people than ever are having this treatment because it is effective and is less invasive and less expensive than surgery.
What areas can be treated?
- Fine vertical lines around the lips due to ageing or smoking
- Lip border to define, shape and contour
- Lip body to add volume to the lips as appropriate
- Mouth corners to lift upwards instead of down turned corners resulting in sad appearance
What happens during my consultation?
During your consultation a detailed medical history will be taken, helping the medical specialist to determine which products and treatments are safe and suitable for you. This will also reduce the risk of any unwanted side effects from treatments. During this consultation the potential risks and aftercare recommendations are discussed, helping you determine whether this form of treatment is really right for you.
What happens during my treatment appointment?
Lips require local anaesthetic treatment prior to lip enhancement, for some lip procedures local anaesthetic cream is suitable, however, for some of our treatments local anaesthetic injections are used to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the treatment.
Once numb the skin is cleaned with a solution and the product is injected with a needle or a blunt ended cannula as appropriate. A light massage is performed with an arnica and aloe gel and lips are moisturised.
What is the aftercare advice?
You will be given verbal and written advice. You will be able to see some results immediately where the product has been placed; you may also see some swelling and perhaps bruising. Best results are seen between 2-3 weeks, a review appointment will be made for this time. A second treatment is not usually required; however, it is good practice to review results.
You will be advised not to touch the treated areas and avoid makeup and alcohol on the treatment day. Also, you should avoid excessive heat such as sauna, steam room, sunbed, sunbathing and spa for 2 weeks. For safety reasons we do not treat our clients with lip fillers too close to a holiday abroad, we suggest treatment at least 2 weeks in advance.
If you have a history of cold sores we may prescribe Aciclovir oral tablets (antiviral) to prevent a breakout. You will be advised to take the full course as prescribed.
How long do the results last?
Who is not suitable for this treatment?
- Anyone allergic to any of the ingredients in the product (Hyaluronic acid is a natural constituent of skin therefore you would not be allergic to this) Lidocaine is usually present within the hyaluronic acid gel formulation
- Skin infection at the injection site
- Lip enhancement is contraindicated for some people with certain auto-immune diseases
- If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or breast-feeding (It is not known if the filler can be harmful to your unborn child)
- Also tell us if you are taking any medicines including herbal as some may be contraindicated
Treatment frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Typically dermal filler in the lip lasts 6-9 months as per manufacturers advice. There are longer lasting products out there, however, they are not always the most appropriate product to use in a lip. This can vary depending on the individual and lifestyle choices.
We find that patients having first time lip treatment usually attend clinic again for another procedure before 6 months. After this once per year is usually sufficient.
At Mid Yorkshire Skin Clinic our emphasis is on safety and achieving natural results, we believe that fullness is flattering where proportion is maintained. Our ambition is to rejuvenate, restore, beautify and maintain the desired youthful appearance whilst avoiding over enhancement.
The most common potential side effects are local swelling and tenderness, occasionally bruising. Less common are infection, lumps and nodules.
At Mid Yorkshire Skin Clinic we are nurse independent prescribers. We have first aid equipment and medicines and can treat you in case of an emergency anaphylactic/allergic reaction.