Full, plump lips are considered feminine, sensual and sexy.
Lip Augmentation is one of our most commonly requested procedures because adding volume and shape to the lips adds sensuality to the entire face.
While everyone’s lip shape is slightly different and we may not all have what we consider to be the perfect pout, it is possible to enhance what you’ve already got.
Lip Augmentation is easily and painlessly performed by injecting a TGA-approved Dermal Filler into the lips.
There are many TGA-approved Dermal Fillers on the Australian market. However, despite all being approved, they do vary in duration and we believe that some are better than others when it comes to lips.
Accordingly, it is important you choose one that has the reputation and ‘track-record’ of being safe and long-lasting. Currently, one major concern is that some injectors are using cheap, non-approved and illegally imported ‘counterfeit injectables’. These counterfeit Dermal Fillers have been reported to contain impurities that can cause serious complications.
Therefore, always ensure you choose an experienced practitioner and a reputable, TGA-approved Dermal Filler by adhering to the following criteria:
To simplify your understanding of all the Dermal Fillers currently available in Australia for Lip Augmentation, you must first understand that Dermal Fillers can be broadly divided into two categories based on how long the correction should last:
In this ‘Non-Permanent’ category, we only recommend those Dermal Fillers that contain as their active ingredient, the identical polysaccharide (complex sugar chain) present in ALL human and animal skin.
As these Dermal Fillers contain the identical component naturally present in your own skin, the risk of an allergic reaction is negligible and accordingly no pre-treatment skin testing is required.
We believe that this group of Dermal Fillers has major advantages because they:
Unfortunately, and despite the fact that these fillers are already well known to the public, current Australian Government regulations prevent us from mentioning them by name. We can, however, forward you printed information on them, including their names, if you contact us and personally request it.
‘Permanent’ & ‘Semi-Permanent’ Fillers of various brand names are the other type of Dermal Filler on the market. The active ingredients of these Fillers work initially by delivering volume but then have an ongoing effect of stimulating the production of new collagen (neo-collagenesis). Based on the very way in which these fillers work, they do have a higher propensity to cause Foreign Body Granulomas (hard red lumps) which would then require cortisone injections and possibly surgical excision.
However, based on both anecdotal and published reports of permanent complications with this group of fillers (Report: American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery Vol. 23, No3, 2006) we do not recommend these fillers as our first choice. Although tempting for some patients in terms of convenience and the perceived long-term cost advantages of a single or fewer treatments, the increased risk of adverse reactions compels us to advise patients to exercise considerable caution when considering their use.
Bear in mind that anyone can inject you with a Dermal Filler and create bigger lips. However, bigger lips alone are not necessarily sensuous lips. Sensuous lips need shape, definition and proportion – not just volume – and this only comes about from a sense of artistry on the part of the doctor injecting you.
Dr Mayson’s special technique uses an ultra-fine cannula to inject the filler, NOT a sharp needle. These cannulas do not come with the fillers, they are made in Paris, France and we purchase them separately in order to be able to deliver the beautifully smooth, natural-looking and bruise-free results we are known for.
The advantages of our cannula technique are:
The procedure is performed by Dr Mayson himself and takes around 20-30 minutes. We do not have Nurse Injectors.
After marking your lips, Dr Mayson will inject a small amount of local anaesthetic to render your treatment PAINLESS. This Local Anaesthetic ‘nerve block’is similar to that used by your dentist. Nurses are not legally permitted to inject local anaesthetics, and this is one reason we don’t have Nurse Injectors.
Dr Mayson does not inject every patient the same way. Instead, he works together with every patient to plan and deliver the exact look they’re after. Dr Mayson will ask you to tell him precisely how you want your lips to look, and before he uses up all the filler in the syringe, Dr Mayson will hand you a mirror for your comments as to where you would like the rest of the filler to be placed. This is the way Dr Mayson artistically customises all Lip Augmentations and delivers the ‘look’ each patient is after.
The Fillers we use are all ‘hydrophilic’ – meaning they temporarily attract water from the surrounding tissues. Accordingly, very mild and temporary swelling of the lips is usual for the first 4-7 days. This swelling largely settles within the first 72 hours but can last around one week. The volume of the lips then returns to that produced by the Dermal Filler alone.
The local anaesthetic ‘block’ wears off after about 1 hour. Please avoid any firm pressure to the lips during the first 72 hours e.g. biting on hard foods such as apples, hard applications of lipstick, and passionate kissing. Doing so, could cause the filler to move before it has integrated into your lip tissues.
The average duration of correction is 9-18 months depending on the brand and form of filler you choose. In any event, a top-up can be performed whenever desired.
The use of Dermal Fillers for all facial work, including Lip Augmentation, is a huge growth industry. As such, more and more doctors and an increasing number of nurses are entering the field. So, before you decide who will inject your lips, consider each of the following:
Remember, YOU are the consumer, YOU are spending your hard-earned dollars and you deserve the highest professional standards and the best possible results for your money. Don’t accept anything less!