Lips deserve to be beautiful, sensual and luscious. They portray a sense of youth, health and vitality.

Due to the unique composition of our lips, and the lack of an outer protective skin layer, lips are more prone to harsh environmental factors such as sun, smoking and stress making them dehydrated and volume depleted. Other contributing factors include the loss of collagen and elastin, gravity and repeated muscle movements.

As lips begin to age, they show the following signs: volume loss, sagging of mouth corners, flattening of the cupid’s bow, loss of lip definition, the development of vertical lip lines (smokers lines or lipstick lines).

Younger women often want fuller lips to enhance their natural features and to feel more sensuous and feminine. More mature women usually wants to restore lost volume that is associated with aging and recreate a defined and firm lip line that will prevent lipstick from running. In males, there may be a significant deficit of volume, either naturally or due to aging. This can be corrected without making the male lip look feminine. Addressing the lips can also add symmetry to uneven lips, correct balance between the top and lower lips and also create harmony with other facial features.

What is lip augmentation?

Lip augmentation involves the precise placement of specific dermal fillers into parts of the lip and surrounding skin in order to enhance, shape or add volume to the lips, define the borders, reduce surrounding wrinkles, lift the corners of the mouth that may be sagging and to correct vertical lip lines.

At Zinc Clinic, we aim to enhance the natural beauty of your lips, create lips that are full and sensuous, but at the same time remain natural looking, appropriate and in proportion to the rest of your face.

What does lip augmentation involve?

Initially you will have a consultation with Dr. Joseph Beaini. He will access you particular condition and requirements and recommend a treatment plan, taking into consideration your desired look. Differing methods of anaesthesia and dermal fillers will be discussed as will the anticipated outcome of your treatment.

The procedure itself will fist involve the administration of an anaesthetic if required. This may involve the application of a topical cream or an injectable dental block. Some dermal fillers are now premixed with local anaesthetic and are comfortable enough without additional anaesthesia for most patients.

Dermal fillers, are then injected into the areas that need attention. Injectable dermal fillers can be used to treat the borders of the upper and lower lip to enhance lip contours and definition. They can effectively treat lip lines and lip wrinkles. Lip volume can also be improved with treatment in the lip body, creating fuller lips.

Treatment usually takes between 30 and 60 minutes.

How long do the results last?

The results with dermal fillers are temporary as the body eventually breaks down and absorbs the product. The length of time varies between individuals and depends on the filler product used. Approximately 6-9 months can be anticipated for most patients.

At Zinc Clinic, we do not use or encourage the use of permanent dermal fillers.

What are the side effects of lip augmentation?

Side effects of lip augmentation with temporary dermal fillers may include swelling, redness and occasional bruising. Swelling is the most likely side effect as the product attracts the bodies own water to the area. Other side effects may include minor lumps, itching and tenderness, which usually resolve quickly. Infection is another risk as with any injection, but this is uncommon. Antibiotics could be required. If there is any evidence of infection or cold sores near the area, treatment with dermal fillers will be delayed until this heals up.

Can I go straight back to work after treatment?

Yes. However as there may be some swelling and bruising, it is probably best to make an appointment towards the end of the day or the end of the week.

What can I do to prepare myself for this treatment?

To minimise bruising, it is best to avoid anti-inflammatories such as Aspirin (unless for medical reasons) and Nurofen, green tea, garlic, ginkgo and other herbal products that may thin blood, a week or so prior to the procedure. Alcohol is also not a good idea on the day and should be kept to a minimum the day before. We also encourage our clients to commence arnica tablets a few days before treatment. Note that if you have a history of cold sores and the treatment area is around the mouth, then you should notify your treating doctor as filler treatment can cause cold sore flare ups. You may be instructed to take anti-viral medications prior to treatment if this is the case