THE INITIAL CONSULT IS VITAL As Dr. Steven Liew, Specialist Plastic Surgeon from Darlinghurst NSW, is very aware of the importance of lips, he takes a multi-pronged approach to delivering that perfect result. Firstly, he assesses the patient’s lips when they are both smiling and relaxed to give a clear indication of shape and natural movement. He does not believe in self-service care. Of course, patients can ring asking for fillers for their lips but he does not fill right away.
YOU NEED TO TAKE DERMAL FILLERS SERIOUSLY As the skin of our lips is super fine, long-term and excessive use of dermal fillers can cause permanent stretching. It is not like filling your tire with air. Once the lip skin has stretched it is very hard for it to return to normal. The skin is made up of only three to five skin cell layers while the rest of the face has up to sixteen.
WHICH DERMAL FILLERS WORK BEST AND ARE THEY SAFE? With most pharmaceutical companies involved in cosmetic injectables now bringing out fillers just for lips, Dr. Liew has more choice than ever when it comes to which filler to use for the most natural result. The most commonly used fillers contain hyaluronic acid, which is naturally found in the skin, making it easy for most to tolerate and much thinner in consistency than those used for other areas of the face.