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Lip fillers, also known as lip augmentation, have grown exponentially in popularity over recent years. The ideal of having full, voluptuous lips is becoming more mainstream and attainable, thanks to the increasing accessibility of non-surgical cosmetic procedures. But, what exactly are lip fillers?

Lip fillers are a type of dermal filler injected into your lips to increase their size, enhance their shape or improve their symmetry. They are typically composed of hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally found in the body, which helps to maintain skin hydration and volume. The amount of filler used and the areas of the lips treated are customised according to the individual’s aesthetic goals, making it a highly personalised procedure.

The effects of lip fillers are temporary, typically lasting between six and twelve months. This is because the body gradually metabolises the hyaluronic acid over time. To maintain the results, regular top-up treatments are needed. It’s worth noting that although lip fillers can significantly enhance the appearance of your lips, they are not a permanent solution to ageing or hereditary lip thinness.

Myths and Facts About Lip Fillers

With the rise in popularity of lip fillers, there has also been an increase in misinformation and misconceptions about this treatment. Let’s debunk some common myths and establish the facts about lip fillers.

Myth 1: Lip fillers always result in an unnatural, ‘duck lip’ appearance. The truth is, the outcome of lip fillers largely depends on the skill and experience of the practitioner. A qualified and experienced practitioner will aim to enhance your natural lip shape and volume, rather than create an exaggerated look.

Myth 2: Lip fillers are extremely painful. While it’s true that some discomfort may be experienced during the procedure, most clinics use a numbing cream or local anaesthetic to minimise this. Most patients report a mild stinging or prickling sensation, but not severe pain.

Myth 3: Lip fillers cause permanent damage to your lips. This is false. Hyaluronic acid-based fillers are safe and biocompatible, meaning they blend with your body’s natural substances. Over time, the filler is metabolised and absorbed by your body, leaving no lasting damage.

The Procedure: What to Expect at Dr Kathryn Aesthetics, Cardiff

If you’re considering getting lip fillers at Dr Kathryn Aesthetics, based in Cardiff, it’s natural to feel a little apprehensive about what to expect. Here’s a step-by-step guide to the procedure.

Before the treatment, you’ll have a detailed consultation with Dr Kathryn. During this meeting, you’ll discuss your aesthetic goals, medical history and any concerns you may have. This is your opportunity to ask questions and gain a clear understanding of what the procedure entails.

During the procedure, your lips will be cleaned and a numbing cream or local anaesthetic will be applied to minimise discomfort. Dr Kathryn will then precisely inject the filler into your lips, using a fine needle or cannula. The treatment typically takes around 30-60 minutes.

After the procedure, you may experience some slight swelling, redness or bruising. This is completely normal and should subside within a few days. Dr Kathryn will provide you with specific aftercare instructions to ensure optimal results and recovery.

Lip Filler Aftercare: Tips and Best Practices

Proper aftercare is essential for achieving the best results from your lip filler procedure and minimising potential side effects. Here are some tips and best practices to follow.

Firstly, it’s important to avoid touching or massaging your lips for at least 24 hours after the procedure. This helps to prevent the filler from moving or dispersing unevenly.

Secondly, avoid excessive heat such as saunas, hot yoga and sunbeds for at least two weeks. Heat can cause the filler to break down faster and can also exacerbate swelling or bruising.

Lastly, keep your lips well hydrated by drinking plenty of water and using a moisturising lip balm. Avoid lip products that contain irritants such as menthol, camphor or peppermint, as these can cause dryness or discomfort.

Frequently Asked Questions about Lip Fillers

  1. Are lip fillers safe? Yes, when administered by a qualified and experienced practitioner, lip fillers are considered safe. It’s important to choose a reputable clinic and practitioner to ensure you’re in good hands.
  2. How much do lip fillers cost? The cost of lip fillers can vary depending on the amount of filler used, the practitioner’s experience and your geographical location. It’s best to discuss this during your consultation. At Dr Kathryn Aesthetics, the pricing starts from £200
  3. Can I get lip fillers if I have cold sores? If you’re prone to cold sores, let your practitioner know. They may prescribe an antiviral medication to prevent a breakout triggered by the procedure
  4. Can lip fillers be reversed? Yes, if you’re unhappy with your results or experience complications, hyaluronic acid-based fillers can be dissolved using an enzyme called hyaluronidase.

In conclusion, lip fillers can be a fantastic way to enhance your natural beauty and boost your confidence. However, it’s important to do your research, choose a reputable practitioner such as Dr Kathryn, and follow their aftercare instructions to ensure you achieve the best possible results.


You can book your consultation at Dr Kathryn Aesthetics today.