Lip enhancement is fast becoming one of the most popular non-surgical treatments available, and with all the options available now, it can be a bit overwhelming.
Even if you’re sure lip enhancement is right for you, the number of clinics and practitioners, different types of filler and different injection techniques can make it seem impossible to even book your consultation!
In this post, we’ll take a look at all the things you should look for before getting lip fillers.
Choosing A Clinic
The most important thing you should think about when looking into getting lip filler treatment is the clinic you go to. There are a wide variety of clinics and practitioner offering lip fillers at different locations and price points.
First and foremost, do your research! You should always go to a medical professional like a doctor or nurse practitioner for lip filler treatment. Treatment from a doctor is often a little bit more expensive than by a nurse or other medical professional, but it means you can be sure that they have all the knowledge and experience to get the right results for you, and that they know what to do in case of any complications.
No matter who you go to, always ask to see their qualifications beforehand! In the UK, make sure, if you’re seeing a doctor for your treatment that they are registered with the General Medical Council, or if they are a nurse that they are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. This tells you their qualifications are legitimate and that they have remained up-to-date on their medical training.
There are also clinic safety accreditations, such as Save Face, that are good indicators of a clinic’s safety and security standards.
Types of Lip Fillers
The most commonly administered lip fillers today are Hyaluronic Acid fillers. These are made up primarily of the super hydrating hyaluronic acid, which can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water, giving lips a plump, hydrated look. Hyaluronic acid is also naturally occurring in the body, and is biodegradable, making HA fillers one of the safest types of fillers available, as they aren’t permanent and have a very low rate of allergic reaction.
The most popular brands of hyaluronic acid fillers for lips are Juvederm and Restylane, though many other brands are available, like Ellevess, Hylaform and Perlane. While they are essentially the same product, there are subtle differences between different filler brands that your practitioner will understand. Most clinics have filler types and brands they prefer to work with.
For example, Juvederm is often described as a smoother and longer lasting product, while Restylane is sometimes preferred for more natural-looking results, though this is all down to personal preference by you and your practitioner.
What Results Do You Want?
Whether it’s an imperceptible boost to your lips, definition around the lip line, correction of asymmetry or the classic plump pout, it’s important to understand what it is you want from your treatment.
This will help you decide which clinic and type of filler is right for you too! Look at before and after images, testimonials and specialisms from clinics to help find the right treatment for you.
Getting safe treatment with the perfect results for you, but it can be difficult to choose in a saturated market. However, if you know what you want and put your safety first, you can find the perfect lip filler treatment for you.