Lip fillers and dermal fillers have been drawn into the spotlight recently following some very unfortunate stories, so it’s no wonder that some people are questioning their safety. They are certainly much safer when being performed by medical professionals, but we want to give you an insight to their safety, what you should know and who you should trust.
What are lip fillers made of?
Lip fillers are an injectable gel that are placed in areas of your soft tissue to augment certain features. They contain hyaluronic acid, which isn’t as bad as it sounds. Hyaluronic acid naturally occurs in the body, skin, and joints, and is essential to skin hydration and laxity. This is why the material is utilised in dermal fillers, because it renders the product biocompatible after a few minor side effects.
Are lip fillers temporary, or permanent?
Lip fillers are not permanent, and they naturally dissolve over time. As lip fillers contain hyaluronic acid which the body naturally breaks down, just like it does your own natural reserves of it. Your body does so at no complaint from your system, and the only way you’ll notice this process occurring is with the gradual return of your treatment area to its pre-treatment self. There are certain celebrities that have opted for permanent lip fillers, but these contain materials like silicon that is not recommended by reputable UK practitioners including here at Clarendon House Dental Centre.
Can you ‘undo’ dermal fillers?
Lip fillers can be ‘undone’ by dissolving them using a second injectable treatment called hyaluronidase. This treatment is only used in necessary cases such as unforeseen complications arising. It is not a commonly advertised treatment, but lip fillers can be dissolved if you’re not keen on your results or if they react differently with your skin. Dissolving your fillers are usually not a necessary task to undertake, but the option is there should it become a priority.
Who can perform lip fillers?
Currently, as it stands, anyone can perform dermal fillers in the UK. However, this doesn’t mean that anyone should perform lip fillers by any means. Non-medical practitioners such as beauticians should not be performing lip fillers because they have no formal training in the anatomy of the skin and the complex biology that lies beneath the skin. They will also not be able to manage any complications or reactions that may arise, which jeopardises your safety.