What are the trends with lip filler in 2023 and how big is too big?

Registered Dental & Medical Aesthetics practitioner Ana Sakynte talks through some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to Lip Fillers.

“We tend to associate fuller lips with youth and desirability. Lips can reduce in size around our late twenties when collagen and hyaluronic acid production starts to slow. You can help lip size reduction by keeping out of the sun, not over-indulging with alcohol and, of course not smoking. And to further emphasise your lips, filler is a perfect and natural solution.”

What are the benefits of lip filler?

“Size isn’t the only benefit from lip filler… done correctly, the treatment enhances the Cupid’s Bow, adds volume, increases hydration, corrects asymmetry, improves the side profile and enhances lip shape.”

How big is too big?

“The most common concern I hear from patients is ‘what if my lips look too big?’ and I can relate to that. Personally, I love to see my lips more plumped, but I never want a pout or ‘sausage’ lip. Lip filler lasts for around 6 months, so the effect has to be just right.

2019 saw a trend for large ‘Russian’ lips. Overfilled lips often result in migration of the filler over the vermillion border, along with needle trauma. At the height of the trend, I was often called upon to dissolve lip filler that other practitioners had overfilled, then treat the patients for a more natural look.”

What size lips are fashionable now?

“Everyone is different, but the trend has moved away from huge, unnatural looking lips. My passion is to make patients look and feel their best, as a medical Aesthetic Practitioner I know what will achieve this. My signature style is to increase lip size gradually and gain a subtle and natural look with a sophisticated shape. This method boosts the confidence of my patients, and they often ask to increase lip size for subsequent treatments.”

When is the best time for lip filler treatment?

“Lip filler is a treatment best scheduled 2 to 3 weeks prior to any special occasions, to allow time for the treatment to settle. Typically, the process is:

  • Day 1 – Treatment Day
  • Days 2 to 3 – Lips will be swollen, possibly slight bruising
  • Day 5 – Lips could look a little lumpy
  • Week 1 – Lips settle and start to look fabulous
  • Week 2 to 3 onwards – You’ll love the look!

Can you feel lip fillers when kissing? Is it ok to kiss just after treatment?

“Once the swelling has gone down (so it’s best to wait a few days before you pucker up), lips treated with filler generally don’t feel any different than they did before, even when you’re kissing. Treated lips are more hydrated and still feel soft and natural, and the person you’re kissing won’t feel the difference either.”

Do you ever refuse to do a lip filler treatment?

“I’m not afraid to say No! If I’m asked (with lips or any other type of filler) to fill when you already have sufficient filler, fill where I think it won’t look good on you, or treat with more filler than I think you need, I will refuse; my responsibility is to make patients look and feel their best and I take it seriously.”

What lip filler should I have?

“Again, everyone is different, so one type of lip filler won’t be for everyone. First, I examine the lips during a thorough consultation. Then I will choose the type of hyaluronic acid filler and technique that’s best for you and your desired outcome.

Hyaluronic acid is a sugar that occurs naturally in your body and is known for its ability to draw moisture and hold onto it like a sponge – that’s why a boost in lip hydration is an additional benefit of the treatment. The hyaluronic acid eventually absorbs into your bloodstream, making it a temporary and safe solution.”

If you’d like to discuss how lip filler could enhance your look, or any other aspect of skincare or aesthetics, please feel free to contact Ana for a no obligation consultation.

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