What are Lip Issues?
The lips, and the contours around the mouth, (the peri-oral region) lose definition as we age. The signs of ageing of the lips and mouth that typically occur include:
Thinning and decreased fullness of the upper / lower lips
Thin lines and wrinkles extending from the upper / lower lips
Down-turning of the corners of the mouth
Appearance of wrinkles / lines down from the corners of the mouth to the chin – the 'Marionette' lines
Sagging and loss of definition of the chin and jaw-line
Summary Of Your Treatment
30 minutes estimated
24 hours estimated
Back to Work
1 hour estimated
No anaesthetic necessary
Duration of Results
3-4 months *
Risk & Complications
Infection, bruises, drooping brow, allergic reactions (e.g. swelling) *
Why choose Centre Of Dental Excellence?
All Centre Of Dental Excellence doctors have years of experience in safely injecting fillers and assessing facial ageing. Our knowledge allows us to avoid complications and achieve a subtle, rejuvenating effect. We use only the best quality products and will advise you through every step of the procedure – our aim is always natural subtle effects, rejuvenating the lips and lower face but avoiding the over filled look that is outdated. Your skin and your health is our priority.
The Science behind Lip Issues
Facial ageing is inevitable and has multiple causes. As we age, our skin loses elasticity and strength due to the decreased production of elastin and collagen. Key components such as hyaluronic acid, responsible for keeping skin well hydrated for a youthful appearance, also reduce, causing dryness, wrinkling and volume depletion. There is also a decrease in the amount of subcutaneous fat in the face due to atrophy, along with changes in the facial skeleton and teeth. Fine lines and wrinkles develop, with gravity resulting in increased folds and sagging of the skin. All of these factors result in a more aged appearance that requires skin surface revitalization, uplifting and restoration of definition if the characteristics of youth are to be restored.
How can these lip and perioral issues be treated?
Fillers can be used to:
restore lip fullness for subtle definition
smooth the vertical lines and wrinkles that occur periorally at the lip edges
add definition to the lip borders and counteract the downward drooping at the lip corners
restore volume and reduce the depth of 'Marionette' lines
redefine and restore the natural-looking contours of the chin and give a better-defined jaw-line
Peels can be used to improve fine peri-oral wrinking
Things to consider…
Our fillers do include numbing local anaesthetic, but we can also apply a local anaesthetic gel and injectable dental anaesthetic to reduce any pain and discomfort. As with all treatments, Fillers can have side effects, which include bruising, tenderness, redness and swelling. We will advise you on how to minimize the risks, but it is worth bearing this in mind when planning the right time to have your treatment.
Other very rare complications are :
allergic and granulomatous reactions
local infection or worsening of acne
reactivation of oral herpes (please tell us if you suffer from cold sores and we will advise you how to minimise the risk of a flare up)
Side effects cannot always be prevented but we are fully trained to recognise and treat any issues early and safely.
What our Patients Say
"I would recommend this practice to friends or family. I was treated with dignity and respect by staff at the practice at all times. I was treated very well and the procedure to be carried was fully explained to me as was the cost. I would recommend this practice to everyone. Wonderful service and treatment."
- John Langton -