Lip Fillers: Everything you need to know

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Having your lips filled in 2019 is nothing new. It is a very common cosmetic procedure, thanks to it being non-surgical and fairly easily accessible.

However, due to the convenience of the operation, we can often underestimate the seriousness of the procedure. Although quick and easy, lip fillers are still potentially dangerous procedures, which can come with severe side-effects if done by an under-qualified practitioner.

There are many things to take into consideration before having your lips filled. Swann Beauty are fully-qualified and accredited prescribers of lip fillers and are here to tell you everything you need to know about the procedure.


What is in lip fillers?

Dermal filler was previously the most popular ingredient used for lip fillers. However Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is now more commonly used. This formula is a natural sugar derivative found in the body. HA is widely acknowledged for its natural hydrating properties for skin care as well as it’s ability to dissolve over time.



Are lip fillers safe?

If the procedure is performed by a qualified practitioner, the risks should be minimal. However lip fillers are a cosmetic procedure, so there is a degree of risk and side effects.

What are the potential risks & side effects?

There are common and rare side effects with lip fillers, which vary in degrees of seriousness.

Some common, less serious, side effects include:

  • Redness
  • Pain
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Rash

You can expect to see these within 7-14 days.

Some rare, more serious side effects include:

  • Infection
  • Movement of the filler form one area to the other
  • Injury to blood vessels
  • Blindness
  • Tissue death due to blocked blood flow
  • Leakage of the filler liquid through the point of injection
  • Nodules around the point of injection
  • Granulomas, which is an inflammatory reaction to the filler


Are lip fillers painful?

Your lips will be numbed before the procedure. You may still feel a slight prick as the needle penetrates the lips, as well as some dull throbbing, but nothing too intense. If you still feel some pain after the procedure and it is too unpleasant, the doctor can gently massage your lips, ice also helps.

What will my lips be numbed with?

There are a couple of options of anaesthetic available for the procedure.

Similar to when you receive a painkiller at the dentist, the doctor can apply a dental nerve block (another injection into the lips).

The popular alternative is a topical numbing cream. This is more popular because it doesn’t affect the person’s lip movement, allowing the practitioner to better see the natural positioning of the lip, and adjust the procedure accordingly.

Will I bruise or bleed?

It isn’t uncommon for the lips and surrounding areas to bruise for up to 7 to 14 days after the procedure. There are ways to combat this, however, both before and after the procedure.

A natural painkiller like Arnica can be applied topically or taken orally, 2 days either side of the operation, this will help reduce bruising and inflammation.



Where can I get lip fillers?

You should only get lip fillers at properly regulated establishments and by professional, qualified practitioners. Nine out of ten cosmetic procedures in the UK are non-surgical, with lip fillers being easily accessible. Some non-surgical procedures are yet to be as strictly controlled and licensed as surgical ones are, meaning people with minimal training are able to source and administer fillers.

Experienced dermatologists and plastic surgeons are appropriate practitioners for the procedure. You should be sure to research them beforehand, and you can ask to see pictures of their previous work.

Swann Beauty work under Save Face accreditation. Any cosmetic practitioners approved by Save Face have undergone extensive investigation. These include the review of medical qualifications, assessment of training as well as visiting the premises and clinic, where hygiene and safety are assessed. Rest assured, if you are considering a non-surgical cosmetic procedure, with Save Face you are guaranteed to find a fully-qualified, reliable practitioner.


Is there anything I need to do to prepare for the procedure?

It’s important to avoid using blood thinners before the procedure. This includes paracetamol and ibuprofen, fish oil, vitamin E and alcohol. Thinner blood will mean you will be more prone to bruising.

If the patient has a history of cold sores, it is also recommended they begin taking their medicine two days before the procedure, as the fillers could provoke this issue.


How much are lip fillers?

In the UK lip fillers can cost any between £215 to £1,500, depending on dosage and the practitioner.

Here at Swann Beauty, however, we are fully qualified, experienced practitioners, who charge between £180 to £240.


What dosage will I need?

How much lip filler you should take is really down to personal preference. It’s best to gradually increase the size of your lips over each appointment.

If you only want to slightly increase the size of your lips, this can be done easily enough over 1 or 2 appointments. Even if you plan to drastically alter the size of your lips, it is best to take a number of small dosages over time than one big one. This is because it is difficult to gauge how the results will turn out with larger dosages. With smaller dosages, the shape of the lips, as well as size, will alter. The doctor is more able to see how the lips adapt and react to the fillers, then add more to achieve the desired size and shape.



Do I need to have both lips filled?

You’re able to have lip fillers injected into only one lip if you’d think only one requires the procedure. It’s your body, so you can tailor the procedure to however you want. You can also inject only a certain part of the lip. Your practitioner can advise you on what they think would be best for you also.


How long do lip fillers take to work?

Lip fillers begin to work very quickly. It can be difficult to see at first due to the swelling. However after about 3 to 5 days once the swelling reduced, your plump lips should begin to take full shape.

How to reduce swelling after lip fillers?

Your doctor can prescribe a simple antihistamine or oral steroid to sooth and reduce the swelling.


How long do lip fillers last?

Both permanent and temporary lip fillers are available on the market, however, temporary fillers are more common. If you want to maintain your plump lips, we’d recommend having the procedure done 2-3 times a year, as the effects last for around 6-9 months each time. It really depends on the individual’s metabolism, as some peoples lips can remain plump even longer than this period, whereas others dissolve more quickly.

Permanent lip fillers can last up to ten years. They are less popular than temporary fillers as they are much more of a commitment.

Procedures can be costly and time-consuming however, so it depends on you to decide how many times you’d like the procedure.


Will every procedure be the same

The procedure can vary with who is performing it. Each practitioner will have their preferred method and formula. They may also alter this according to the patient.

For example, older patients may desire lip fillers for different reasons to younger patients. Many younger patients get lip fillers for size and volume. Older patients, however, may get the procedure to restore the shape and border of the lips which fades over time. This may require a different formula or technique depending on the practitioner.


Are lip fillers reversible?

The effects of temporary lip fillers can be reversed easily enough. Eventually, the lips will shrink back down to normal size anyway, after 6 to 9 months. If you don’t like the end result though and don’t want to wait, it is possible for your doctor to remove your fillers.

Hyaluronidase is an eraser enzyme which can be injected into the lips. This breaks down the particles of the fillers and breaks them down quicker. This procedure only takes a few seconds to carry out, however it can take a few days to completely reduce the effects. It is also very painful.


We hope that we have answered the questions you were wondering about the healing process of getting lip fillers. You can read more about lip fillers and our service on our dermal fillers page.

However, if you have any more questions you can contact us through the contact form or through email at

If you’d prefer to call us on 01782 938108 / 07824905545 we’d be more than happy to talk more about our lip filler procedure.

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