What are lip fillers and how do they work?

What are lip fillers used for?

Many people wish to slightly alter their facial appearance, but would not like to undergo surgery due to associated risks or fears. With modern technology this has become possible today. Lip fillers are a perfect solution for people who would like to smoothen or slightly enlarge their lips. Lip fillers can be applied by either physicians specialised to plastic surgery or dentists specialised to facial aesthetics. This method of enlarging, smoothening and redesigning lips is one of the least invasive ways of doing so. Lip fillers might also be useful for patients who would like to reverse some of the signs of aging. Aging is a natural process affecting almost all organisms in existence with the exception of hydra. It is thought to occur due to damage accumulating over time as a result of the body’s metabolism. During ageing, the lips and other parts of the body may lose some of their fat and collagen content and lose the appearance we associate with youth and vitality. Lip fillers can help with this. If you are interested in getting lip fillers in Kent, visit the website of Stangrove Court Dental Practice and book an appointment.


How do lip fillers work?

Lip fillers are introduced to the lip by injection. The procedure usually consists of a single visit to your doctor or dentist. During the procedure itself small amounts of your chosen material are introduced into the desired areas of your lips through injections. In case you choose a material that has the potential to cause allergic reactions, such as collagen, your doctor or dentist might perform a quick skin test on you in order to determine whether you exhibit an allergic reaction upon exposure to the material. In case you show signs of an allergic reaction, such as redness, swelling, a rash, itching or other typical symptoms of an allergic reaction your doctor or dentist will not use this material and will help you choose an appropriate one. There is no need to be worried about pain associated with the treatment, as your doctor or dentist will apply a local anaesthetic to numb the areas injected. You might still however feel a small stinging feeling from the needle, but this is not significant.


What materials are used?

It is very important to understand the differences between the materials used in lip fillers in order to make a well informed choice. Formerly one of the most common materials used in lip fillers was collagen, which is a material found in the connective tissues of animals and humans. Unfortunately some patients experienced allergies to this material, so it is no longer used today. Nowadays the most prevalent material used in lip fillers is hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a compound that is found in a wide range of human tissue types, such as epithelial and connective tissues. The water molecules found in the lips and hyaluronic acid interact, which gives your lips a smoother, thicker appearance. There are different brands of hyaluronic acid based lip fillers available. If you are interested in getting lip fillers in Kent, contact the Stangrove Court Dental Practice for advice.