Lip Filler

Lip Fillers have become an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure in recent years, thanks to their ability to enhance and define the lips. If you’re curious about what Lip Fillers are, how they work, the treatment process, potential risks, and how these are managed, this page will provide you with all the essential details.

What are Lip Fillers?

Lip Fillers, also known as lip injections or dermal fillers, are non-surgical cosmetic treatments designed to enhance the volume and shape of the lips. They consist of a gel-like substance, most commonly hyaluronic acid, which is naturally found in the body and is well-tolerated when injected.

How Do Lip Fillers Work?

Lip Fillers work by injecting the gel-like substance into the lips. Hyaluronic acid-based fillers provide volume, and hydration and can help smooth out fine lines around the mouth. When injected, they attract and hold moisture, leading to a plumper, more youthful appearance.

The Treatment Process


The process begins with a consultation with a qualified and experienced Nura Skin practitioner. During this session, you’ll discuss your goals, expectations, and any questions or concerns you may have. Your practitioner will assess your lips and overall facial structure to determine the most suitable treatment plan for you. To ensure your safety and suitability for the treatment, your medical history will be assessed, and a series of before photos will be taken to serve as a reference point for tracking your progress.

The Procedure

On the day of the procedure, a topical numbing cream may be applied to minimise discomfort. The filler is then injected in specific areas of the lips to achieve the desired volume and shape. The treatment typically takes about 30 minutes.

Immediate Results

You’ll see noticeable results immediately after the treatment. There will be some swelling which can be quite dramatic in some individuals, but this usually subsides within 24-72 hours.


Avoid touching, pressing, rubbing, massaging, or manipulating the treated areas for the first 24 hours. Doing so can lead to irritation, sores, or potential scarring. Instead, you can apply ice and Arnica topically. Refrain from consuming alcohol or engaging in strenuous exercise on the day of treatment and for 48 hours afterward, as this may result in additional bruising. Steer clear of intense heat in the treated areas. This includes activities like sunbathing, tanning, using saunas, hot tubs, or hot wax. Minimise movement in the treated areas. However, if you notice any lumps or bumps after 24-48 hours, a warm compress and gentle massage are permissible. Contact your practitioner at Nura Skin who will be able to guide you. You may experience some “firmness” that will soften and settle within 1-2 weeks. It is recommended to avoid air travel for at least seven days after the procedure to minimise the risk of increased swelling or bruising.


A follow-up appointment will be scheduled to assess the results and make any necessary adjustments.

Risks and Complications

While Lip Fillers are generally safe, it’s crucial to be aware of potential risks and complications:

  • Swelling and Bruising: Some swelling and bruising are common and usually subside within a few days.
  • Allergic Reactions: Allergic reactions to hyaluronic acid-based fillers are rare, but can occur.
  • Infection: Infection is possible if the procedure is not performed with sterile equipment, or if aftercare instructions are not followed.
  • Lumps and Bumps: Uneven distribution of the filler may result in lumps or bumps, which can usually be corrected with additional injections or massage.
  • Migration: Lip Filler migration occurs when the filler moves or spreads unintentionally over time, after the injections. This can lead to an undefined border between the lip edge and the surrounding areas.
  • Asymmetry: Achieving perfect symmetry can be challenging, but experienced practitioners aim for natural-looking results.
  • Rare Complications: In very rare cases, more severe complications, such as vascular occlusion (a blockage in blood vessels) or tissue necrosis (cell death) can occur.
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How Risks and Complications Are Managed

Managing risks and complications is crucial in any cosmetic procedure. Here’s how they are typically addressed:

  • Immediate Treatment: In the rare event of a complication like vascular occlusion, immediate intervention by a qualified practitioner is essential. The area will be flooded with Hyaluronidase, an enzyme that rapidly metabolises hyaluronic acid to clear the blockage and restore blood flow.
  • Follow-Up Appointments: A follow-up appointment allows your practitioner to monitor your progress and address any issues that may arise.
  • Massage and Dissolving Agents: Lumps and bumps can often be smoothed out with warm compresses and massage. In some cases, and in the case of lip filler migration, Hyaluronidase (a dissolving agent) may be used to correct uneven filler distribution.
  • Prevention: A skilled practitioner will take steps to minimise risks, such as using the right injection techniques and ensuring proper hygiene.
  • Patient Education: Patients are provided with clear post-treatment care instructions to reduce the risk of infection or other complications.

Frequently Asked Questions

When administered correctly, Lip Fillers should feel natural and smooth. You should not notice any significant difference in sensation when touching or moving your lips.

At Nura Skin Aesthetics, your comfort is prioritised during the lip filler procedure. We only use advanced dermal fillers that contain a built-in local anaesthetic, making the treatment as comfortable as possible. Additionally, we offer a specialised topical numbing cream to minimise pain at the injection points.

The ideal amount of lip filler varies from person to person. In most cases, starting with 0.5-1ml of filler is recommended. Slowly building lip volume over time often yields the most natural and satisfying results.

When administered by an experienced and qualified professional, lip filler injections are considered safe and well-researched. However, the risk of complications increases when injections are performed by inexperienced or non-reputable practitioners. Using excessive lip filler can potentially stretch the skin permanently.

The longevity of lip fillers depends on the specific product used, with results typically lasting anywhere from 4 to 12 months or longer, depending on individual factors.

Several factors influence the duration of lip filler results, including lip size, age, anatomy of the peri-oral area and the amount of pre-existing collagen. Multiple treatment sessions may be required to achieve and maintain desired lip fullness.

It is often recommended to start with a minimal amount of lip filler, slowly building to the desired volume over several months, followed by regular top-up sessions every six to twelve months to maintain the desired results.

Lip Fillers can be an effective way to achieve fuller, more defined lips. However, it’s essential to choose a qualified and experienced practitioner,  understand potential risks, and follow aftercare instructions to ensure a safe and satisfying outcome. Always consult with a qualified professional, like those at Nura Skin, for personalised advice on Lip Filler treatments.

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