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Lip filling and shaping

Full, sensual lips have long been considered a beautiful facial feature but not all of us are naturally blessed with a generous smile. Our lips also get thinner as we age, a process that is often accompanied by the development of fine lines around the mouth.

Fillers are a simple and effective way of adding volume and shape to lips and of restoring smoothness to creased skin around the mouth. Treatments are quick, generally taking around 30 minutes, require no pre-test and the results are visible immediately.

Mr Malhotra always aims for a subtle, natural looking effect, so don't worry about being given a trout pout. He prefers to underfill initially so that he can reassess and top up, if necessary, once any swelling has settled down.

Before Restylane lip filler

After procedure


Filling lips is a minimally-invasive out-patient procedure that offers a low risk of complications and minimal recovery time.

Mr Malhotra uses Restylane, a clear gel filler that has been used for many years in other areas of the face. It is made of hyaluronic acid, which is present in all living organisms. It creates volume and is hydrating. Since the hyaluronic acid in Restylane is not made from animals, there is no risk of transmitting diseases from animals or triggering allergic reactions in patients who are sensitive to common foods, such as beef, chicken and eggs.

The treatment comprises a series of micro-injections. A local anaesthetic is often injected into the lips before an enhancement. The results are instant and last up to six months before a new treatment is required.

What to expect

  • There may be some discomfort during treatment, although many patients find it relatively pain-free
  • Occasional contour irregularities can occur but, once any swelling has subsided, you can massage any tiny lumps with your thumb or index finger to flatten out any unevenness
  • If you are unhappy with the result, the filler can be easily and rapidly dissolved with an injection of hyaluronidase
  • After an enhancement, lips may appear swollen and uneven for up to a week — give them time to settle down but do call Mr Malhotra if you are worried

All procedures begin with a consultation. For full information about what to do before and after surgery, see Patient information.

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