From the Kardashians to the Hiltons, the demand for luscious lips is a real thing. Lip fillers are enjoying a bit of a moment, according to a study in the UK they are the most Googled beauty search in the UK - and South Africa is fast embracing the 45-minute treatment trend. However, the question on everyone’s lips is how much is enough and what is too much of a good thing? Cape Town-based Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, Dr Clare Neser gives us a roundup of 2018’s hot surgical trend.
What is it? Dermal Filler is essentially a soft tissue filler which is injected into the skin by using an ultra-fine needle or thin blunt cannula. The filler is placed in an exact position to achieve the patient’s desired volume, filling or smoothening effect. The most common dermal filler is Hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar that is found in our skin. Hyaluronic acid is a non-permanent substance and is naturally broken down by the body over time and can last anything from 9 months to two years depending on the type of filler used.
The desired results? Wonderful as the results are when applied correctly, patients are understandably afraid of walking out with a ‘trout pout’. According to Dr Clare Neser “The art of filler treatment lies in subtlety”. Qualified plastic surgeons are highly trained to understand the intricate anatomy of the face and have techniques in order to solve any problems swiftly, should they occur. The pain of lip fillers is not dissimilar to laser hair removal or a wax and a local anesthetic is usually applied prior to treatment to numb the area. The down time of the treatment is usually under a day and comes with the expected swelling, bruising and sensitivity post-procedure. Wearing make-up during this time will easily conceal any bruising and assist in getting you back into your daily routine.
About Dr Clare Neser; She is a registered and certified Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon, and a full member of the Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Southern Africa (APRASSA).
* If you are interested in finding out more information on this treatment or any other plastic surgery treatments, contact Dr Clare Neser on [email protected] or 021 300 1493 or visit www.clareneser.co.za