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Are lip fillers safe?

This is honestly such a common question, especially when considering lip fillers for the first time. When administered by a qualified and experienced healthcare professional, lip fillers are generally considered safe. However, like any medical procedure, there are potential risks and side effects that individuals should be aware of. Here are some key points regarding the safety of lip fillers:

  1. Qualified Practitioner:
    • Safety largely depends on the expertise of the practitioner performing the procedure. It is crucial to choose a licensed and experienced healthcare professional, such as a dermatologist or a certified aesthetic practitioner, to administer lip fillers. Never be afraid to ask for evidence of certificates or insurance! Any reputable practitioner will happily provide you with these!
  2. Quality of Fillers:
    • The choice of filler also plays a role in safety. Hyaluronic acid fillers, which are commonly used for lip augmentation, are generally considered safe. They are biocompatible and reversible, meaning they can be dissolved if necessary. Ensuring you’re attending a reputable clinic should mean good quality filler, don’t always assume brands you see on instagram or TikTok or whatever is trending is the best available.
  3. Allergic Reactions:
    • Allergic reactions to fillers are rare, but they can occur. It’s essential to discuss any allergies or sensitivities with the practitioner during the consultation. We provide all clients with an emergency contact number and will always offer follow up appointments if there are any concerns at all.
  4. Infection Risk:
    • Like any injection, there is a risk of infection. To minimise this risk, all our practitioners follow strict hygiene and sterilization protocols. Clients are also advised to follow post-procedure care instructions to prevent infection. We give all clients written aftercare, it is also available here on our website.
  5. Bruising and Swelling:
    • Bruising and swelling are common side effects after lip filler injections. While these are usually temporary and subside within a few days, individuals should be aware of the possibility. Everyone is different, and some individuals are at higher risk of this than others. We have some information on healing bruising here.
  6. Unwanted Results:
    • Occasionally, individuals may experience asymmetry, lumps, or other unwanted results. Reputable practitioners aim for natural and proportionate outcomes, and follow-up appointments can be scheduled to address any concerns. There can appear to be some asymmetry for 2-4 weeks following lip filler injections, this should only be minor. If it persists for over 2 weeks we recommend you contact the clinic where you got the treatment done. It may be able to be corrected with more filler, or if not they can be dissolved.
  7. Reversibility:
    • One advantage of hyaluronic acid fillers is their reversibility. If a person is dissatisfied with the results or if there are complications, an enzyme called hyaluronidase can be injected to dissolve the filler. We have some information on dissolving fillers here. 
  8. Individual Considerations:
    • Factors such as the individual’s overall health, medical history, and the presence of pre-existing conditions should be considered to ensure that lip fillers are a suitable and safe option. If you’re unsure about any personal concerns we recommend you get a consultation first. We offer consultations FREE to all clients for lip fillers. During these appointments we will advise you on what to expect before and after treatments, discuss your personal goals and any potential risks of treatments.

It’s important for individuals considering lip fillers to thoroughly research and choose a reputable practitioner, ask questions during the consultation, and disclose any relevant medical information. Additionally, understanding the potential risks and benefits and having realistic expectations about the outcomes are crucial for a positive experience with lip fillers. We tailor all our treatments to our clients individual goals and wants to provide the best treatment possible. Book your consultation today by using the book now button in the top right corner of the website.