Lorena Öberg is the world-renowned Skin Repair Expert, CEO and Founder of Lorena Öberg Skincare. Here she shares everything you need to know before getting dermal fillers
By Lorena Öberg
What are lip fillers made of?
Most practitioners use a Collagen or Hyaluronic Acid based filler which is injected into the lip, to increase volume and size. Collagen works purely by plumping the lip whilst the hyaluronic acid fillers work by not only plumping the lip directly but also trapping water within lips for a natural, plump pout.
What’s the best filler to use?
There are several types of filler on the market and many practitioners will agree that Juvederm is one of the best. Depending on what your desired results are, if you want natural looking plumped lips, I recommend going for the Juverderm Vycross. Want a more noticeable look – the type of look that’s common on Instagram models and reality stars – then opt for the Juverderm Volift.
How much filler do you need?
If you have very thin lips and want to achieve a very full but natural look, then this can take a few sessions and therefore be more expensive.
Does it hurt?
With anaesthetic numbing cream and a dental block, the treatment shouldn’t hurt. A sharp scratch may be felt as the dental blockers are injected.
How long do they last?
This varies on the substance used and the age of the patient. On average most people need top ups every 4 to 6 months routinely to keep up the desired size.
Are the results instant?
Straight after the procedure, your lips will be slightly swollen. I advise patients to ice their lips at first and take arnica tablets to prevent bruising. After around 24-48 hours the swelling will have settled and you can see the final, desired result.
Can you get the filler taken out if you just don’t like it?
One advantage of HA acid fillers is that they can be removed with an enzyme called hyaluronidase even before they naturally dissolve. So if errors do occur these can be quickly corrected.
Lorena Oberg runs two clinics, one in Surrey and the other on Harley Street. For more information, visit lorenaoberg.co.uk