As a non-invasive cosmetic treatment, dermal lip fillers can add volume to the lips and make aesthetic changes, such as altering the shape of the lips. While this can appeal to some, not everyone is necessarily a suitable candidate for the procedure.
This blog will explore the key factors contributing to being a good candidate for lip fillers, letting you decide whether you think lip fillers are right for you and preparing you for what will be discussed during a consultation.
What are lip fillers?
Lip fillers are injectable substances, most commonly hyaluronic acid-based, that are used to add volume, shape, and definition to the lips. These minimally invasive procedures offer a temporary solution for those seeking fuller lips, with the option to undergo maintenance treatments over time to keep the results.
How long do lip fillers last?
The longevity of lip fillers varies depending on the type of filler used and individual factors. Generally, lip fillers can last anywhere from six months to a year. Hyaluronic acid fillers, a common type used for lip augmentation, tend to provide results for around six to nine months. Over time, the body gradually breaks down the filler, causing the effects to diminish. Factors like metabolism, lifestyle habits, and the specific product used can also influence how long the results last. Patients will need periodic touch-up treatments to maintain the lip volume achieved with the first treatment.
Why do you need a consultation to determine your suitability?
A pre-treatment consultation for lip fillers is essential. It allows your injector to assess your health, set realistic expectations, and explain the procedure thoroughly. After discussing these factors and any other factors that can influence your suitability for the procedure, your injector can then recommend the treatment for you, or suggest alternative options.
If your injector does determine that you are a suitable candidate, the consultation will also allow you to create a personalised treatment plan, considering your unique facial anatomy, addressing allergies or sensitivities and outlining detailed steps to work towards your personal aesthetic goals.
What we consider during a consultation
As mentioned above, your health expectations and understanding of the procedure will be discussed before your procedure. However, let’s go into further detail so that you can know exactly what to expect. During a consultation, here are the factors that we will consider.
Expectations for treatment
A patient’s expectations can significantly influence their suitability for lip fillers. It is essential for individuals seeking lip injections to have realistic and reasonable expectations about the outcomes of the procedure.
If a patient’s expectations are grounded in the understanding that lip fillers can make changes to the natural appearance of their lips but not completely alter their inherent shape or size, they are more likely to be satisfied with the results. If a potential candidate expects a dramatic transformation that may not align with their facial features, it may indicate a mismatch between their expectations and the achievable outcomes.
Essentially, patients with unrealistic expectations may not be suitable candidates for lip fillers as they might be dissatisfied or disappointed with the results. A good candidate approaches the procedure with a positive mindset and understands what can realistically be achieved.
Good physical health
Certain physical factors play a significant role in determining eligibility. Candidates should be in good physical health, free from any active infections or medical conditions that could interfere with the procedure or recovery process. Non-smokers are preferred, as smokers may have compromised blood circulation, affecting lip fillers’ healing process and longevity.
Age considerations should also be taken into account. It is recommended for candidates to be at least 18 years old, as the lips’ growth and development should be complete.
Good mental health
As well as physical eligibility, psychological factors are equally important in determining suitability for lip fillers. Your injector may ask some questions to ensure that you are in good mental health before undergoing your procedure.
Willing to follow aftercare instructions
A good understanding of aftercare is crucial to be a suitable candidate for lip fillers. Lip fillers, like any cosmetic procedure, require proper post-treatment care to minimise any associated risks.
A candidate who is well-informed about the aftercare instructions their injector provides demonstrates responsibility and commitment to the healing process. Following the prescribed aftercare regimen, such as avoiding excessive sun exposure, refraining from strenuous exercise, and adhering to other specific aftercare instructions, can help reduce the chances of complications and promote faster healing.
Understanding potential side effects, such as swelling or bruising, and knowing how to manage them effectively is vital in ensuring a positive experience with lip fillers. A good candidate embraces the importance of aftercare, as it influences the final outcome and reflects their dedication to maintaining the results.
Dr Scott Allison: Brisbane Cosmetic Physician
Dr Scott Allison, a Cosmetic Physician and an instructor in the field of cosmetic injectables, is a firm advocate of using advanced methods to deliver effective non-invasive procedures.
With over a decade of experience, he takes pride in working with diverse individuals, regardless of their backgrounds or gender identities, embracing an inclusive treatment approach.
If you would like to discuss your suitability for lip fillers, please get in touch with us to book your consultation.