Full, sensual lips have long been considered a beautiful facial feature but not all of us are naturally blessed with a generous smile. Our lips also get thinner as we age, a process that is often accompanied by the development of fine lines around the mouth.
Fillers are a simple and effective way of adding volume and shape to lips and of restoring smoothness to creased skin around the mouth. Treatments are quick, generally taking around 30 minutes, require no pre-test and the results are visible immediately.
Mr Malhotra always aims for a subtle, natural looking effect, so don't worry about being given a trout pout. He prefers to underfill initially so that he can reassess and top up, if necessary, once any swelling has settled down.
Filling lips is a minimally-invasive out-patient procedure that offers a low risk of complications and minimal recovery time.
Mr Malhotra uses Restylane, a clear gel filler that has been used for many years in other areas of the face. It is made of hyaluronic acid, which is present in all living organisms. It creates volume and is hydrating. Since the hyaluronic acid in Restylane is not made from animals, there is no risk of transmitting diseases from animals or triggering allergic reactions in patients who are sensitive to common foods, such as beef, chicken and eggs.
The treatment comprises a series of micro-injections. A local anaesthetic is often injected into the lips before an enhancement. The results are instant and last up to six months before a new treatment is required.