With the advent of lip augmentation therapies, some patients now alter the volume of their lips or even shape their lips to redefine a look.

Because of the delicacy of the tissue in your lips, the procedure should be administered by a qualified professional. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions and answers about the therapy.

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are a non-surgical, injectable procedure used to add volume to sunken areas of the face, scars, wrinkles or lips. The fillers mostly consist of hyaluronic acid-based gels. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the body that is also commonly used in skincare products.

how do dermal fillers enhance your lips?

What are the advantages of dermal fillers as a lip enhancement method?

This method can add plumpness to the lips, especially if they have lost volume over time. One clear advantage of using dermal fillers lies in its unobtrusive yet accurate means of achieving the right shape, volume and contouring of lips and their surrounding areas. This injectable lip enhancement technique can not only fill in the vermillion, or red parts, of your lips but also precise areas around the lips. For example, the smile line may be enhanced with a gentle lift in the corners of one’s lips.

Dermal fillers are also known for their flexible applications. In addition to adding volume to the lips, the therapy can also be used to fill in lines as well as rebalance facial contours.

Wrinkles tend to form in areas where the facial muscles start to deteriorate due to excessive use. As we advance in age, the collagen or fat in our faces also break down. By injecting fat, collagen or hyaluronic acids around these areas, dermal fillers help to plump up areas of the face that are sunken or creased. The thinner filler can also be used to fill in the fine "lip lines", which can vary according to the skin thickness of the lip.

Dermal fillers can also be a way to minimise the appearance of nasolabial folds – those deep creases that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth. The injections provide a quick method to feather out these marionette lines” to achieve a natural result.

To avoid discomfort, patients may be given a topical anaesthetic cream or local anaesthetic to numb the treated area. The treatment typically lasts between 30 and 60 minutes. You should discuss the treatment at length with the professional involved in this non-surgical procedure. Treatment typically lasts between 30 and 60 minutes.

Although results can last for months, the effects are not usually permanent. This gives you some flexibility when deciding if the treatment is right for you.

Where can I receive the treatment?

You can receive the treatment at a dental clinic with the procedure administered by a cosmetic dentist. Other places that offer this treatment include dermatological clinics, medical clinics, beauty and cosmetic parlours.

If you are interested in finding out more about dermal fillers and non-surgical cosmetic methods, contact a cosmetic dentist at Face Value Dental. Call (07) 3221 0677 to book a consultation today!