Lips are a crucial part of facial beauty and attractiveness for both men and women and can be enhanced with lip fillers in our Swansea aesthetic clinic with masterclass techniques for definition and natural volume, without producing an unnatural over-filled appearance.
We are proud of natural-looking results of enhancement with dermal fillers for lips. Dr Owen Thomas enables his clients to look youthful, attractive and radiant but never over-treated.
Owen understands that the goals of different people require different approaches. A young lady may want a little more fullness, whereas a person in their 60s will need restoration of the tissues around the lips, with a very subtle rejuvenation of the lip tissue itself.
Owen uses a combination of techniques to increase volume, lip height and eversion. He only uses FDA-approved lip fillers Swansea – such as Restylane Kysse and Juvederm Volbella to create full and balanced harmonious lips.
Reproducing the look of natural lips is essential, maintaining the ratio between upper and lower lip and the cushions called tubercles (3 in the upper lip and 2 in the lower lip).
He has trained with level 7 qualification (the most advanced qualification) and masterclasses to refine his technique. Owen has produced his own approach modified from Julie Horne, the world-leading authority on lip filler who trains doctors all over the world.
The 8-D lip treatment (designed initially by the renowned Dr Tim Pearce)is a whole design process bespoke to each individual including a detailed consultation to establish the ideas, concerns and expectations of my clients. There are multiple different types of lip treatments including horizontal and vertical threads of filler, boluses and restoration of the surrounding tissue. Discussing the benefits and drawbacks of each type of approach is crucial.
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All of these are assessed with photography and annotation so that clients feel confident about what will be the outcome before starting. Sometimes it might be best to do the treatment over at least two sessions to gradually build the lips. Different consistencies of filler are chosen for example to increase the height of the lip with a stronger, more cross-linked filler whilst filling in natural gaps and crevices with a soft filler that spreads to reduce volume and a subtle pout.
Measurement of the proportions of the face is essential to ensure that lip proportion is in keeping with the overall dimensions and to subtly and gradually improve the overall appearance. Many people are worried about looking overdone – Dr Owen goes to great lengths to ensure his clients having lip fillers are reassured that they will only have a subtle, enhanced look that can be carefully refined over time.
Some people may require increased definition to reproduce the “Cupid’s bow” at the top of the upper lip. Others may have lost volume as the lips become longer and thinner with age and require revolumisation to plump the lip cushions. Softer dermal fillers can be used to smooth out lipstick lines that form around the edge of the lips with aging. Often Dr. Owen performs lip enhancement over 2 sessions with an initial volumisation and subsequent refinement session.
Dermal fillers in lips typically last up to around a year as the fillers tend to be softer and more malleable, giving a natural-looking appearance. Dr Owen will discuss the specific type and what might be expected during your original appointment. Using photos of the desired look is a great tool to use in the consultation.
Without touch-up injections, your lips will slowly return to the original appearance and therefore, periodic refinement sessions can help you maintain a fresh look for many years to come.
Common injection-related side effects include swelling, bruising, pain, itching and tenderness at the injection site. Although these cannot be avoided entirely, Dr Thomas uses expert technique, high-quality products and blunt microcannulas to reduce these occurrences. There is a very rare risk of blood vessel blockage, but great care is taken to minimise this chance, and these fillers have an enzyme which can reverse the filler by breaking up the bonds between molecules quickly.
The application of lip fillers can result in some degree of discomfort as the lips are a feature that is delicate and sensitive in nature. Dr Thomas administers lip fillers with care and precision to minimise any pain or uncomfortable feelings. Dr Thomas often uses a numbing local anaesthetic cream before the procedure to make the experience as comfortable as possible.
Because we make a bespoke treatment plan with every patient, and every person will need different amounts, we charge per syringe but make sure that we are as economical as possible with optimal technique. It’s best not to overfill lips and the refinement session can add more if needed.
The amount will depend mainly on the age of the patient – younger patients with plump lips may require only 1 ml, but patients with narrower, less defined lips may need more. If definition is used, then this will be an additional 0.7 ml carefully around the lip border using a needle and anaesthetic cream.
Dr Thomas will discuss the individualised treatment plan with every patient; for information regarding the cost please see our price list.
As the lips are more sensitive than other parts of the face, the treatment effects can take a little longer to settle. Swelling and tenderness could take up to 24 hours to feel more comfortable. Although this should not inhibit your ability to undertake everyday tasks, it may cause some tenderness when eating and talking.
Fillers made of hyaluronic acid are frequently chosen because they are temporary, reversible, and build on the foundation of hyaluronic acid that is already present in the body. When hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are injected into the lips, they immediately attract water, which then adds volume to the area to create a fuller appearance.
Dr Owen can customise a patient’s lip filler treatment using a wide range of dermal filler options, whether that be to improve lip contour sharpness, balance lip asymmetry, restore volume, or hydrate the area to smooth fine lines.
Movement of filler above the lip border (penetrating the white roll protective barrier) is migration. It can occur due to poor injection technique, too much product, the lip’s natural anatomy, or the incorrect filler.
Dr Owen uses techniques to preserve the natural barrier, never overfill, and other ways to minimise the risk. He often assists with patients who have had migration from other physicians and can use filler dissolving injections, to go back to natural look and start again with a new, and much more natural look.
Dr Owen Thomas is a highly trained aesthetic physician with a level 7 qualification in injectable treatments.
He uses his passion and skill combined with a professional, ethical and safe approach, to enable his patients to feel rejuvenated, confident and ready for everything life has to offer.
Throughout time, lips have been seen as beauty’s main aspects with well-defined voluptuous lips being essential for attractiveness.
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