October 13, 2021 4 min read
These days, it’s hard to find someone who hasn’t thought about getting a lip filler or a celebrity that doesn’t have them. With social media and influencers all over the world getting their appearance enhanced, it’s hard not to follow the trend… especially when it looks that beautiful!
As lip fillers are a cosmetic procedure, it’s understandable to have many questions; how much is lip filler in the UK? How long does lip filler swelling last? What to do before lip filler? What to do after lip filler? Can you have lip filler when pregnant? Is lip filler painful? Sifting through information on the internet to try and find the right bits can be tricky, which is why we’ve put together this ultimate guide.
How much lip filler is in the UK can vary from £215 to £1500 depending on where you go and how much lip filler you have. To add to the costs, lip fillers are not permanent and last anywhere from 6 and 18 months, meaning you’ll have to top them up at least yearly.
How long does lip filler swelling last depends on your body's natural healing time and the steps you take immediately after the procedure. Typically, swelling lasts 2-3 days, but can last up to 2 weeks. This is nothing to worry about- even if your lips look slightly uneven! The lip filler needs time to settle and after your lips are completely healed, the lip filler should look even and smooth.
Do stick to foods that are easily eaten
Do be gentle to your skin 24 hours after your appointment
Do bring lipstick and liner to the appointment if you want to cover up the swelling
Don’t use an exfoliator agent for 24 hours after the procedure
Don’t have a facial massage for 2 weeks after the appointment
Don’t drink out of a straw for the first day as it puts pressure on the lips
Don’t drink alcohol for the first 24 hours of getting lip fillers
Don’t overly exercise for at least 24 hours
Don’t kiss or massage your lips for the first 24 hours after the appointment
“How much is lip filler? How long does lip filler swelling last? What to do after lip filler?”It’s crucial to ask these questions so you know what to expect!
In order to reduce swelling and reduce the healing times, you can avoid excessive exercise for 24 hours after the treatment as well as high temperatures. Use an icepack on your lips, drink plenty of water and avoid excessive salt for 24 hours. You can eat straight after getting lip filler, but it is advised that you stick to foods that are easy to eat and chew so that you don’t have to wipe your lips and disturb the injection site.
It is advisable that you do not get lip fillers while pregnant, although there is no legal requirement in the UK. Practitioners may or may not be willing to inject you with lip filler if you are pregnant. The reason that there are blurred lines around this subject is that pregnant women cannot be tested on with the majority of products. The baby’s development in a mothers womb is easily affected, which is why many mothers would avoid getting lip fillers while pregnant.
Lip filler can be painful, only while it is being injected. Some people can tolerate the pain, but as Dr Nima says “Numbing cream will take the edge off the treatment, it will take the edge off the pain, but it will still feel slightly uncomfortable”. Some lip filler practitioners won’t supplynumbing cream, so it’s best you come prepared if you’re unsure about how you’ll deal with the pain.
0.5 ml - 1ml of filler will give you a natural look, while 2ml will give a fuller look. If you wish for an even fuller look, you can get your lips topped up every few months.
Collagen: This is a type of protein that is found naturally in the body. The effects of this injection will last three to four months.
Hyaluronic acid: These lip fillers will add shape, structure and volume. The effects made by hyaluronic acid typically last around eight months.
Calcium hydroxyapatite: If you’re looking for something that lasts a little longer, look no further! Calcium hydroxyapatite lasts for 18 months!
Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA): These work in a slightly different way, as they need to get topped up more regularly, but last up to 2 years.
Polymethylmethacrylate beads (PMMA): The boss of all lip injections, this one is permanent- but is also a little risky.