In search of the perfect pout? Read the lowdown on lip injections

lip injections with dermal fillersIt’s an aesthetic that’s been around for as long as we’ve been alive. From Monroe in the fifties to Jolie now, we’ve always loved a luscious lip.

A plump kisser makes a face ooze youthful sensuality. But if your lips are more lean than luscious, and you’re looking for lip enhancement, there are a couple of options available.

Permalip is a surgical procedure to give you permanently fuller lips. It involves inserting small, soft silicone implants via tiny incisions hidden in the corners of the mouth. You can choose the size and shape of your implants to achieve exactly the results you’re looking for. As it’s a surgical procedure, lip augmentation with implants can only be performed by a Plastic Surgeon.

But if you’re unsure about committing to permanent results, or you don’t fancy the idea of surgery, lip injections are the way forward.

Lip injections – Frequently Asked Questions

> What are lip fillers made of?

Most lip fillers used now (Juvederm, Restylane, Perlane, etc) are hyaluronic acid based. This acid occurs naturally in the skin, where it can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water – hence its role in plumping up the skin. Because it’s naturally occurring, it is harmless and broken down safely by the body over time. Hyaluronic acid fillers have replaced both collagen (once the most common dermal filler) and fat injections, which has a greater risk of side effects. The newer fillers are safer and longer-lasting.

> What are the risks/side effects?

Side effects are mild. Some people may experience redness, swelling or bruising after treatment, but this will usually subside fairly quickly. There is a smaller risk of unevenness or bumps, but this can be corrected.

> Who can offer the treatment? What should I look for?

Injectable fillers are currently unregulated in the UK (though there are moves to change that). In theory, anyone can set themselves up as a practitioner offering the treatment. So be cautious, and do your research. The best way to ensure you are treated by someone competent, safe and experienced is to choose a medical professional (Surgeon, Doctor, Dentist or Nurse) who is also qualified in aesthetics.

> How long do the results last?

Results vary from person to person, but typically lip injections last for around 6 months.

> Will they give me a trout pout?

Not if performed by an experienced practitioner who knows what they’re doing! We’ve all seen the photos on the internet of lip fillers gone wrong, but it’s easily avoided by taking 3 steps – a) choose hyaluronic acid based fillers, b) find an experienced, medically qualified practitioner, and c) ask them to take a conservative approach.

> Does it hurt?

Like most things we want in life, there’s a sacrifice to make! Lips are a highly sensitive part of the body, and though they are numbed before treatment, you may experience a small amount of discomfort for a short time. But remember this will be over quickly, and your results should make it well worth it.

> How much will it cost?

The price you’ll pay for lip injections will vary based on where you live and the clinic you visit, but will usually be in the region of £300.

Our experienced aesthetic nurse practitioners offer lip fillers at our clinics in Buckinghamshire, Northampton, London and Essex. For more information, or to book a FREE consultation at one of our clinics, please give us a call on 01844 318825, or email us at