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Understanding Lip Fillers: A Complete Guide from Pre-Treatment to Post-Care

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*images taken before and immediately after treatment. Some swelling will subside within the first 48 hours.

Understanding Lip Filler

Lip fillers have become a popular cosmetic treatment for enhancing lip volume and shape. If you're considering this procedure for the first time, it’s essential to understand what to expect before, during, and after the treatment. Key questions like "Does lip filler hurt?", "How long does lip filler last?", and "How much lip filler do I need?" are commonly asked and crucial for setting realistic expectations.

Pre-Treatment Advice

Before booking lip filler, a thorough consultation with Dr Gemma is imperative. This is the time to discuss your aesthetic goals, review your medical history, and address any concerns.

Key considerations before your appointment include:

  • Medical Review: Inform your practitioner about any medications you're taking or allergies you have, as certain conditions can affect the treatment’s safety and results.

  • Avoid Certain Substances: At least a week before your treatment, avoid blood-thinning over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen, which can increase bruising.

  • Schedule Wisely: Consider your social and work calendar since some swelling or bruising may occur post-treatment.

During the Appointment

Knowing what happens during the lip filler appointment can ease much of the anxiety associated with the procedure.

Step-by-step through the appointment:

  1. Cleansing: The area around your lips will be thoroughly cleaned to prevent infections.

  2. Anaesthesia: While lip fillers are minimally invasive, comfort is a priority. A topical numbing cream may be applied to minimise discomfort.

  3. Injection: The practitioner will inject a specific amount of filler using a fine needle into predetermined areas of your lips to achieve the desired volume and shape. The question "Does lip filler hurt?" is common, and the answer varies. Most patients experience mild discomfort rather than pain, often described as a slight pinch.

Post-Treatment Advice

After the procedure, it’s important to follow specific care instructions to maximise the longevity of the results and minimise complications.

Immediate aftercare includes:

  • Ice: Apply ice packs to your lips intermittently for the first 24 hours to reduce swelling.

  • Avoid Makeup: Keep makeup away from the lips for at least 24 hours.

  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to help maintain the hydration of the lips.

Long-term care tips:

  • Sun Protection: Use lip products that contain SPF to protect the fillers and your lips from sun damage.

  • Follow-Up Appointments: Visit your practitioner after 9 months to assess the results and plan for future touch-ups if necessary.

Common Questions

  • Does Lip Filler Hurt? Most people report a mild discomfort, typically managed with a topical numbing cream.

  • How Long Does Lip Filler Last? The longevity of lip fillers varies depending on the type of filler used, but typically, results last between 9 to 12 months. After this period, the filler gradually dissolves, and the lips return to their original state unless topped up.

  • How Much Lip Filler Do I Need? The amount of filler needed depends on your natural lip volume and your desired outcome. Typically, 0.7ml - 1ml of filler is sufficient for a noticeable yet natural-looking enhancement. Dr Gemma will help determine the right amount based on your facial structure and aesthetic goals.


Lip fillers offer a way to enhance your appearance with relatively minimal intervention and recovery time. By preparing adequately, understanding the procedure, and following the recommended post-treatment care, you can ensure the best possible results. Remember, the key to a successful lip enhancement is choosing a skilled and experienced practitioner who can tailor the treatment to your specific needs. With the right approach, you can enjoy fuller, more beautiful lips that complement your overall facial aesthetics.

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