For the purposes of this article, you don't need to know who Faye Winter is, don't worry. She was on Love Island, you didn't watch it, it's okay. But she's come in very handy for me to be to able to demonstrate to you what different amounts of lip filler look like. Read on please...
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Well the obvious - and most assumed answer - is that one wants bigger lips! However, it might be just be restoring what we always had. You see, as we age, lips naturally lose volume and plumpness. This is due to the overall decrease in collagen and elastin that occurs as we age. These are the proteins in our skin which provide structure, support and elasticity. This, coupled with a natural change in the shape of the lips as we age, means that our lips get thinner and smaller as we get older. Gee, it's so great getting old. Nawt! People also choose to get lip filler if their lips are a bit wonky (I have this issue, I always have to go over the edge of my top lip on one side, when I wear lipstick else I look like a broken clown) or need some extra hydration. Of course, some women, even younger women - have naturally very thin lips and a bit of lip filler can give them a little bit of a boost which balances their facial features.
In the correct, highly-skilled, highly-qualified hands, lips can be enhanced and rejuvenated beautifully and subtly, balancing and harmonising the lips with the face, and ensuring you look great from all angles.
Well, they do want bigger lips, generally. Celebrity culture has both popularised and demonised lip fillers, and many people now mistakenly associate lip fillers with ‘trout pouts’ and ‘duck lips’. There is no denying the impact the Kardashian’s have had on the use of lip fillers and the emergence of the Love Island tribe has definitely driven a certain 'look'. Big lips are big business.
Natural Is Now Fashionable.
However, there does seem to be a little bit of rewind and regret. Faye, one of those Love Island lip-filler lovers, has recently had her lip filler dissolved and refilled with much less. She said on her Instagram: "No wonder my Mum said I looked like a Baboon's bum! I probably should have done this sooner. You don't want to walk around looking like that, I've done it for you - for free! I've taken one for an almighty big team, so thank me for what I have done for us all! Oh well... we learn!"
What Does Different Amounts Of Lip Filler Look Like?
In her Instagram post, Faye shows was 4ml of lip filler looks like, compared to 0ml of lip filler, compared to 1.5ml of lip filler. What a vast improvement! To be honest, she naturally has rather lovely plump lips so we're not convinced she even needs as much as 1.5ml of lip filler BUT that's her choice and I expect also partly driven by the fact Faye likes this look, she wants to have bigger lips and it's part of brand Faye (rightly or wrongly, it's not up to us!).
Her comparison photos, however, do nicely demonstrate how while 1ml sounds tiny it can have a big impact.
Faye's before and after photo of lip filler showing the difference between 4ml and 1.5ml
Lip Fillers Are Popular. Very Popular.
Behind Botox, lip fillers are the most booked treatment on Glowday. The UK is crazy for a lush lip. It's also unfortunately driven a horrible and dangerous black market for unlicensed fillers and people attempting DIY jobs. There are also hundreds of really really really bad 'learn lip filler in a day' and various online courses with people being taught to 'inject by numbers', fuelling an epidemic of botched lip jobs.
On the bright side though, lip fillers have become super popular in the last few years, thanks also to the subtle results they can have and the acknowledgement that in the right hands, lip fillers can do wonders for a person's self esteem and confidence! Whether you want to hydrate your lips, address lip asymmetry or plump your pout, lip fillers can be amazing!
How Much Lip Filler Will I Need?
It depends on who you are and what you want, but it can vary from 0.5ml lip filler to 3ml. It's unlikely the practitioners on Glowday will go much above this as they're all advocates of natural and subtle lip filler results. A good practitioner will talk through your options and suggest an amount based on your individual case. It may also be the case that you need several appointments to get the lip look you're after.
How Is Filler Measured?
Most dermal filler brands sell syringes containing 1ml of filler, but how much is used comes down to the type of treatment and result you want.
Do Lip Fillers Go Wrong?
Yes they do. Even if the hands of a medic, there is always a risk. It's much less likely if you're with a medic, but nothing is risk-free. Symptoms that need to be checked out if you've had lip filler are:
Blanching of the skin and/or white spots
Poor capillary refill (when healthy skin is pressed, it should ‘pink up’ as soon as the pressure is removed. If the skin remains pale, it indicates the blood supply is impaired)
Visual disturbance (loss of vision, blurry vision, development of a squint, droopy eyelid after filler)
What Should You Do If You Suffer From Any Of These Filler Reactions?
If you think you may be experiencing an allergic reaction to your filler or think your fillers have gone wrong, see a medically qualified practitioner immediately, and they will decide upon the correct treatment.
This may include dissolving the filler with hyaluronidase and treating you with antihistamines. In the event of anaphylaxis, you may need adrenaline.
This is one of the reasons it is CRUCIAL that you only have filler treatments carried out by medically trained, prescribing professionals, who will be able to look after you in the rare event of an allergic reaction.
To book your lip fillers with a medical aesthetics practitioner who you can trust, then simply search and make your appointment right here.
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