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Everything You Need to Know About Lip Fillers

Lip fillers have been in the news a lot recently with many celebrities using the treatment as an easy way to get fuller lips. While the treatment has been around for decades, new medical advances have made the treatment safer and more effective than ever.

In this blog, we are taking a look at how lip fillers work and how they actually help patients achieve fuller lips.


How do lip fillers work?

Lip fillers have come a long way since they arrived 30 or so years ago. Today’s sophisticated fillers are made of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) which is basically a super long sugar that already naturally exists in your body.

During your treatment, we take a little bit of HA and inject it around the border to your lips. This gives a more defined outline and gives your lips a much fuller shape.

Everything You Need to Know About Lip Fillers


Does it hurt?

Your lips are packed with nerve endings and that makes them super sensitive. To make your procedure as comfortable as possible we use a couple of different techniques to reduce and avoid pain.

Product Local Anaesthetic

The product we use contains a local anaesthetic in it, which reduces any pain during the treatment.

Topical Anaesthetic

We will also apply a topical anaesthetic cream to your lips before we get started.

Our Local Anaesthetic

For some patients, we will administer a local anaesthetic injection inside your mouth to completely numb your lips.

With multiple pain management techniques in place, we are confident that your treatment will go as smoothly as possible. Even if your lips haven’t been completely numbed, you will only feel a tiny nip with each injection.

The procedure itself doesn’t take too long — approximately 10 to 20 minutes — so you are in and out before you know it.

Ultimately, precisely what we do really depends on what you’re comfortable with. We will your treatment at length during your consultation.


What will my lips look like?

The great thing about our lip fillers is that you see results straight away. There’s usually a little bit of swelling immediately after the procedure but that disappears within a day or so, leaving you with fuller, plumper lips.

Take a look at one of our patients.

Before and After


Are lip fillers safe?

One of the great thing about lip fillers is that only registered and accredited doctors, dentists and nurses can administer them. That means there are fewer dodgy companies floating about claiming to offer top quality treatments.

And that’s great news for you because it’s much easier to find a reputable practice.

All good practices will spend a long time on your consultation, taking the time to learn what it is you want to achieve from your treatment. Most practices will advise against extreme treatments, too. At Buttercup, for example, we are not comfortable giving people very large ‘trout pout’ lips.

Finally, while lip fillers are generally very safe, we don’t recommend them for patients who are either breastfeeding or who are on blood thinning medication.

If you have any concerns at all about the safety of the treatment, we are always happy to discuss it with you. Just give us a call on 0141 334 4550 or email


Are there side effects?

All treatments have some effects and lip fillers are no different. The good news, however, is that the effects are super mild with lip fillers. Most people will experience some mild swelling afterwards but it will completely disappear after about a day.

Everyone’s body reacts slightly differently so we recommend you pop back in about two weeks after treatment for a follow-up.


Thinking about it for yourself?

Even though lip fillers are safe, the effectiveness of each treatment is ultimately down to the person doing your treatment.

Our advice is to do your research. Ask friends and family for recommendations, check out impartial review sites and ask to speak to previous patients.

And if you would like to learn more about lip fillers, get in touch with our team today.

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