I often get requests from my patients saying that they would like fuller lips, but in the next sentence they voice a number of concerns: they say that they are worried they may look unnatural, that it may hurt to have them done and that they are concerned about bruising.
Many people due to genetics have naturally thinner lips, on top of this as we age our lips shrink. Fillers, in the form of Hyaluronic Acid, which is naturally occurring in our bodies, can restore lost tissue volume and create natural looking fuller lips.
There are two types of requests I get from my patients who are considering getting their lips done:
- Patients who often want to “make a statement” and want unnaturally large lips
Most of the lip disasters that you see on social media fall into this category. Mainly because of the inexperience of the operator. However, a contributing factor is that if the lips are made excessively fuller in one session the tissues are so stretched by the filler that the tissues can die, bruise badly and the filler can become lumpy. If you are young and want fuller lips my advice is to go for a natural looking fuller lip and not overdo it, this is much safer.
- Patients who genetically have smaller lips or their lips have thinned out with age, or both. They just want fuller lips that look natural.
Most of the patients I treat just want fuller lips that look natural. This can easily be done with limited discomfort both during and after the procedure and with very little or no bruising.
Inexperienced practitioners often use a needle rather than a cannula. The use of a needle can mean up to ten skin punctures and as the lips have a great blood supply this inevitably is followed by bruising, soreness and lumps.
For many reasons the use of a cannula is considerably safer, but of course should be done by a practitioner such as myself who has experience with the use of cannulas.
Having fuller lips also decreases the wrinkling above the lips, sometimes know as smokers’ lines or barcodes and often makes the application of lipstick easier.
For patients who just want naturally looking fuller lips my normal charge is £250.
Frontal view lips before
Frontal view lips after treatment by Dr Lawson with Restylane Kysse filler
The before picture is of Pauline Waller who originally had very thin lips and with age had become even thinner.
Photo provided by Pauline Waller after treatment using her own phone (hence difference in colours of the skin) showing her fuller lips.
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Dr Peter L. Lawson
BDS Dentistry (Wales)
FDS RCPS Dentistry (Glasgow)
M.Sc. Nutritional Medicine (Surrey University)
PG Dip. Skin Ageing and Aesthetic Medicine (Manchester University)
Marnie L. Lawson
Dip ION Nutritional Therapy
NEBDN Dental Nurse
Facial Aesthetic Nurse