What is the Best Lip Filler?: Results, Costs, Brands & More

  • Dermal Fillers   •   October 8, 2020

If Instagram has taught us anything in the last few years, it’s that lip fillers are absolutely ubiquitous these days.

Injectable lip fillers are most commonly used to increase the volume and size of women’s lips, or to alter the appearance of scarring, wrinkles and other depressions in the skin. Generally speaking, dermal lip fillers are made of several types of synthetic, man-made and natural collagens.

If you’re considering modifying the appearance of your lips with lip fillers, you probably have a number of questions about what kind of lip filler is best for you. In this post we’ll help you to understand more about lip fillers by answering the most common questions we receive at our London-based clinic. 

Not All Lip Fillers Are Created Equal

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So, what makes a good lip filler? Is it all about size? Cost? Or how long the results last? To put it simply, the best lip fillers achieve the patient’s aesthetic goals whilst limiting risks, and can be easily reversed if results are unsatisfactory.

Lip fillers should always look and feel evenly distributed. Lumps, bumps and uneven areas should never be present. A good lip filler has a low risk of causing dermal swelling, and defines, smooths and volumises the lips while maintaining a natural look.

In terms of upper and lower lip proportions, we recommend maintaining the golden ratio of 1: 1.6 (i.e. the lower lip should be slightly larger than the upper lip). For the lips to maintain a realistic appearance, the cupid’s bow should also be maintained.

 

Different Types of Lip Filler: What’s Best?

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The most common – and popular – type of filler is the hyaluronic acid-based (HA-based) filler. HA-based fillers are typically considered to be the “gold standard” of lip fillers because they produce consistent results, can be easily reversed, have a low risk of side effects and require no downtime after treatment.

As the skin ages the major elements of the dermis are gradually lost. These elements include elastin, hyaluronic acid and collagen. Collagen is the major protein which supports the skin, while hyaluronic acid assists in adding volume and shape to the skin. For these reasons, we only use HA-based fillers at our London clinic which tend to last between six and 12 months:

 

Juvederm fillers (HA-based)

Juvederm Ultra XC and Juvederm Volbella XC are both HA-based lip fillers. Juvederm Ultra XC is used to volumise the lips, while Juvederm Volbella XC is used to reduce the appearance of vertical lip lines.

Treatment costs vary between £250 and £1,000 but most tend to cost around £300.

Pros:

  • Treatments are quick (15-45 minutes)
  • Results are immediately visible
  • Results tend to be consistent
  • Results tend to last around 6-12 months
  • Treatment can be easily reversed if results are unsatisfactory
  • Adverse reactions are uncommon
  • Filler amount can be easily tweaked by your consultant
  • Bruising and swelling tend to be minor
  • Pain is minimal
  • No downtime required

Cons:

  • Repeat injections can be necessary to meet and maintain your goal
  • Swelling and bruising is minor but still possible.

 

Restylane fillers (HA-based)

Restylane is used for both lip augmentation and lip lines. Treatment typically costs between £200 and £400 in the UK.

Pros:

  • Treatments are quick (15-45 minutes)
  • Results tend to be consistent
  • Results tend to last around 6-12 months
  • Treatment can be easily reversed if results are unsatisfactory
  • Adverse reactions are uncommon
  • Pain is minimal
  • Filler amount can be easily tweaked by your consultant
  • Bruising and swelling tend to be minor

Cons:

  • Results tend to take longer to appear than Juvederm
  • Results don’t always last as long as Juvederm
  • Repeat injections can be necessary to meet and maintain your goal
  • Swelling and bruising is minor but still possible

The main difference between Restylane and Juvederm is how long it takes for the results to appear. With Juvederm, the results are more predictable and immediately visible.

Further reading: There are many different types of lip fillers, including Pluryal, Vollure, Volbella, Radiesse, Aretecoll and Aquamid.

 

Are Lip Fillers Expensive?

Lip fillers don't need to cost their weight in gold

As mentioned above, costs vary but HA-based fillers like Juvederm and Restylane tend to cost between £200 and £300 per treatment. You can see our price list here.

 

What Are the Risks of Hyaluronic Acid-based Lip Fillers?

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Hyaluronic acid is naturally made by the body so it’s less likely to cause an allergic reaction than some other types of lip fillers. However, sadly, there are no lawsthat prohibit an unqualified person from supplying, buying and administering dermal fillers.

Take some time to do your research before undertaking any procedure and only work with a licenced professional. A licenced professional will be able to tell you what your individual risk factors are and will only work with you if it is considered safe to do so.

Lip fillers during COVID-19: At time of writing (October 2020), COVID-19 restrictions still apply at various places in the UK. Check that any practitioner you’re consulting with has a clear COVID-19 policy in place.

What If I Don’t Like the Results?

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The great thing about hyaluronic acid-based fillers is that if you’re not completely satisfied with the results, you can have the effects dissolved quickly and safely with hyaluronidase – an enzyme that speeds up the degradation of hyaluronic acid.

However, if you think that your lips appear unchanged after treatment, or that the effects have faded too quickly, speak to your practitioner to see what they recommend and how they can help.

Remember, Bigger Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Better

woman with big lips

Generally speaking, the more filler injected into your lips the plumper they will appear. Injected quantities of 0.5 ml to 1 ml of filler will give a more natural look. Whilst 1 ml to 2 ml will create a more pronounced change. Though you can get up to 2 ml of filler per session in some places, we recommend only making incremental changes of 0.5 ml to 1 ml each time so that you can better control the process.

 

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