Plumping up your pout with so called ‘lip fillers’, which are in fact hyaluronic acid based dermal filler products which have been around for many years, has become the ‘must-have’ treatment of the last couple of years. In fact, a request for lip volumisation is one of the most popular enquiries and reasons for appointment booking at Hilton Skin & Body Clinics in Reading.

So, what are they and why are they so popular?

Celebrity lips have been admired and aspired to for many years, and most women will admit to being jealous of Angelina Jolie’s large lips. But we have celebrities like Kylie Jenner and Khloé Kardashian, of TV’s Keeping Up With the Kardashians fame, to thank for kicking off the lip filler trend where more and more young people became interested in enhancing their lips with soft tissue filler injections. Following the airing of an episode where they discussed enhancing their lips, Internet searches peaked, and cosmetic clinic phone lines rang off the hook.

Social media is now filled with selfies where everyone, celebrities and the non-famous, want to be seen to be seen with luscious lips. History decried the concept of lip fillers when the term ‘trout pout’ was coined in the media, but improved modern techniques, non-permanent filler products and a change in beauty ideals have made this the ‘tweakment’ of choice; but it’s important to highlight that ‘less is more’ with lip fillers and a natural look is far more preferable, and safe, than over-filled or bulging pouts. According to Google, searches for phrases involving ‘lip fillers’ are now ten times higher than they were in 2012 and noted that lip augmentation was the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment requested through their site in 2016.

Our skilled cosmetic practitioners at Hilton Skin & Body Clinics offer lip filler treatment using well-known and well-studied hyaluronic acid based dermal filler brands including Belotero® and Restylane®, for both men and women of all ages. Lip fillers can be used to address volume loss due to ageing, common in older women who feel that their lips have ‘disappeared’ during their 40s and 50s and want to restore the natural shape and look of their lips. They can also be used in younger patients in their 20s and 30s who want to add additional plump to their lips for the perfect pout. Many men get in on the action too, so don’t be shy.

Results from lip filler treatment are immediate, although you can expect some swelling to develop which will make them look larger for 24-72 hours before the final result is visible. Aftercare advice will be given. They last, depending on the product brand and type used, for approximately 6 months before a repeat treatment will be required to maintain the enhancement.

As with many facial aesthetic treatments, it is important that you seek out experienced medical practitioners to perform lip filler treatment. Our nurses have years of training and experience in delivering dermal fillers, but more importantly they understand the potential complications which may occur, albeit rarely, and can explain these to you. They are also skilled and equipped to deal with them should they arise. This is often not the case with non-medical practitioners, who do not have either the medical knowledge or prescribing powers needed in an emergency, so you could be left with devasting outcomes from using the many inexperienced providers who are now flooding our high streets. Make sure you don’t put yourself at risk by always choosing a medical practitioner for dermal filler injections.

If you want to find out more about whether lip fillers are right for you then please contact Hilton Skin & Body Clinics in Reading today.