9th of August 2013

Treating lips with dermal fillers

The ageing lips

Our lips have an extremely thin outer layer, which becomes progressively thinner as the body ages. Over time the corners of the mouth can also begin to droop and the v-shaped area in the middle of the upper lip (known as the Cupid’s Bow) begins to flatten out.  Vertical lip lines due to ageing or smoking also appear, causing lipstick to bleed.  Our youthful fullness in our lips also slips away.

What is in dermal fillers?

Dermal Fillers we use in the clinic are made from a natural substance called Hyaluronic Acid (HA), which is naturally found within the tissues of living cells.  It is slowly broken down by the body, and naturally eliminated and is therefore not a permanent filler. HA assists in skin hydration by attracting and absorbing water, and also combines with collagen and elastin.

Will I feel it?

When we treat your lips we use what is called a ‘block’, and is the same as what a dentist uses. Your lips will be numb so you will not feel it.

How are dermal fillers used in lips?

Most people are aware that Dermal Fillers can be used to add volume to lips, however, they can also be used to cleverly define the lip border, soft lines and upturn drooping mouths.  Here are some examples:

Example 1 – Lipstick bleeding

Difficulty wearing lipstick as it bleeds beyond the lip line.

Dermal Filler is injected along the lip line to produce a beautifully defined lip border.   This method can also help to prevent & soften upper lip lines.

Example 2 – Drooping or Sad Corners of the Mouth

Corners of the mouth turn down giving a sad look.

Dermal Filler can be used both in the lips and in the surrounding areas to support and lift the corners of the mouth.  This is a dramatic technique which can install considerable self-esteem for the client.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Jane at her Melbourne clinic.