No of treatments
Dependent on your Requirements!
From £430 in Southern Clinics. From £370 for the Northern Clinics
full dental block anaesthetic provided
From $1015 in the USA. From AED 3700 in Dubai
Administered via cannula and needle
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WHAT DO LIP FILLERS CONTAIN AND WHAT DO THE CONSULTANT CLINIC USE IN THEIR PRACTICE?
Most fillers (and certainly those we use) are based on hyaluronic acid (HA), which is the body’s own natural skin plumper and so has an almost impossible risk of an allergic reaction. Thinner or less dense fillers are used for surface areas like lips and crow’s feet, and thicker ones are injected deeper into plump cheeks. All the lip fillers we use are FULLY REVERSIBLE from the time they are administered, until the time they are reabsorbed. So even in the unlikely event, you didn’t like the results, we can reverse them in seconds.
Far too many patients focus on the brand of the product itself. So long as the practitioner is using one of the top 5 brands of dermal fillers (and it goes without saying we do!), there is little difference. The results are almost entirely based on the skill of the craftsman and not the tool, so to speak. To concentrate on the filler itself, would be akin to asking Picasso which paintbrushes he used to produce his paintings and attempting the same with the identical brand, and expecting the same results based on this. We use Aliaxin, Belotero Balance and Perfectha HA fillers on all of our patients, and we pick the one we feel will suit you best as an individual, based on the various properties of them that suit you best.
HOW LONG WILL THE RESULTS LAST?
The body reabsorbs HA lip fillers within around 6-9 months, depending on the age of the patient, their metabolism, the amount of exercise they do regularly, the normal blood flow to the face and whether they smoke. For example, younger patients have a faster metabolism and increased blood flow to the face, and therefore their filler, for example, may last at the shorter end of the normal scale and break down more readily. Other facial dermal fillers last longer because other facial areas are not as mobile as the mouth, and as such fillers in these areas not broken down quite so quickly. There is no hard and fast rule to this, and everyone is different, which is important to remember.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
Fillers aren't something to take lightly, and they're only as good as the person injecting them. We only use the highest grade, a specialist trained doctors and dentists with considerable injecting experience to administer our lip fillers, at The Consultant Clinic. We are all fully insured and qualified to carry out these procedures. We are qualified and indemnified to train other doctors and medical professionals too, in aesthetics. Even though we’re all qualified to inject – we undertake advanced technique courses all the time to keep us at the top of our game and constantly learning new techniques to ensure we give a truly bespoke service to you all. Reactions are incredibly rare as previously stated, and the products we use are non-animal sourced, sterile, and have an exceptional safety profile and have been used for 35 years without issue. HA occurs naturally in your eye fluids, your joints and all over the human body. Indeed it’s naturally occurring within the human body. As such, it’s incredibly difficult to be allergic to it. The horror stories are seen on TV, and in magazines (eg Lesley Ash), are normally concerning permanent, silicon-based fillers. The Consultant Clinic only uses temporary, non-permanent, HA fillers for lips for this very reason, and are very safety conscious. We do not advocate, and would never use permanent fillers.
The more time a substance remains in your body, the higher the chance that your body will reject it.
WILL IT HURT?
The discomfort is pretty minimal. We give every patient a full local anaesthetic into the gums, and you’ll feel nothing. We don’t use a topical numbing cream because it doesn’t reach into the body of the lip where we typically inject and is therefore ineffective. The numbing cream also takes 40 minutes to start working, and most people don’t want to have to turn up to an appointment 40 minutes before their procedure in any event – especially when it doesn’t really work. The full dental block contains adrenalin (a known vasoconstrictor), and thus also helps to prevent bruising by causing the blood vessels to constrict and reduce in size.
Remember, it’s not in our interests to have patients writhing around in pain – ethical reasons aside, because it makes our job incredibly difficult, and we want you to come back. You’re not likely to return if we cripple you with pain! Nearly everyone we see for this procedure, says afterwards that they’re surprised at how remarkably pain-free it was. Even if you’ve had fillers before with another clinic, and it hurt – The Consultant Clinic are very different and perform unique techniques, so please bear that in mind. We’re experts with needles, and incredibly gentle and experienced. We make sure we tick every box to make the experience as pleasant as possible for you.
You will feel numb for about 1-2 hours post procedure – and we don’t recommend eating or drinking for this amount of time either. It’s a little like going to the dentist – and some people find it difficult to talk afterwards until it wears off. Try not to take too much notice of crooked lips when a local anaesthetic is still in full effect – they’re crooked because your muscles can hold the lips at an unusual angle whilst you have no feeling in them, and this is quite normal.
IS THERE ANY DOWNTIME AND WHAT CAN I DO TO AVOID THIS?
Plumping injections can often make the lips swell up for a day or two, but properly administered fillers shouldn’t cause the same tell-tale swelling in other areas of the face. Our audit shows 1 in 30 of our patients bruise, and there are also steps you can take to minimise this, although no practitioner can guarantee against such.
If you follow us on social media, you’ll have seen our cannula technique – which is ideal for those of you that swell and bruise typically, or who are worried about this side-effect. This means we don’t stick ANY needles into the lips whatsoever, believe it or not. Blunt cannulas have changed the game for lip augmentation. Through one entry port either side (which requires one needle poke), you can have both upper and lower lips filled with little or no bruising. After applying a full dental block – this is very well tolerated. The other advantage is that swelling is minimized because lips are minimally traumatized. Many patients go straight back to work, or out to lunch without being self-conscious of people looking at them. On the contrary, traditional lip augmentation using needles requires 4-5 penetrations (each time causing discomfort and risking bruising) per quadrant (so you have to multiply this by 4 ). Blunt cannulas push vessels and nerve endings out of the way with their rounded tips so bruising is minimized. Also, most of the pain is in the surface penetration and once under the surface, the blunt cannulas give less discomfort.
Most people swell most the morning following treatment, but it quickly subsides and the vast majority of patients report lip puffiness only for about 48 hours. How you react to the injections is often down to the individual. If you are prone to bruising, it would logically follow that your chances of doing so after this procedure, are elevated. The lips are pink for a reason! They are very vascular and full of blood.
Do you want to see some actual award-winning work? This photograph is the submission of talented work from our new and experienced recruit Dr Sarah, who works in our London office and was entered as a case study for peri-oral work for the Aesthetics Dentistry Awards 2018.
This incredibly painstaking work was performed over 6 months in a bid to totally rejuvenate the patients full face.
10.5 ml of different filler densities, were administered in several sittings, starting in her midface to lift and support her lower face using both used a cannula, and needles for definition. Dr Sarah then went on to enhance her chin, and then cannula her nasolabial (smile) lines. Further to this, 1.5 ml of filler was carefully added to define and fill the lips. The ZO skinhealth anti-ageing range improved skin tone over a period, to polish the diamond so to speak. It's paying due attention to the tiny details, that makes the difference.
Real, overall, rejuvenation of the face takes thoughtful, safe and careful planning and often needs several treatments. This is NOT an overall package and is therefore priced individually. It takes talent, years of experience and quality products. This detailed case study was submitted to Aesthetic Dentistry awards and won our Dr Sarah this well-deserved award for her lower face and perioral work. This lady, without exaggeration, looks a decade younger. All those shadows, lines, wrinkles in the lower face, and signs of dehydrated lips - gone, and in the most beautiful natural way.