Is the Pout Going Out of Fashion?

Is the Pout Going Out of Fashion?

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Author: Mr. O Branford, MA MBBS PhD MRCS FRCS

Lip fillers have been in the spotlight for some time now, enjoying their moment as one of the UK’s most googled beauty terms.

The non-surgical procedure involves a series of tiny injections containing hyaluronic acid (Juvederm, Belotero, Restylane) which are injected into the lips to define them, improve shape, and to increase volume and projection. Lip fillers can also smooth wrinkles around the lips and improve the appearance of fine lines to achieve a more youthful appearance.

Kylie Jenner has recently reported to have had her lip fillers dissolved, which begs the question- is the pout going out of fashion? Will the millions of millennials who followed Kylie in pursuit of the perfect pout also follow her to have their pouts dissolved?

Mr Olivier Branford, Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at the Cadogan Clinic gives an insight into lip filler dissolving treatments:

Hyaluronidase is the product used to dissolve lip fillers. It is also a naturally occurring product in the body (as is hyaluronic acid) which breaks down lip fillers, with full resolution after 6 to 24 months depending on filler type. However, if patients don’t wish to wait for the filler to dissolve naturally, hyaluronidase can be injected to regain the natural shape sooner.

The lips are an extremely sensitive part of the body due to the high number of nerve endings present, so it can be a painful and eye-watering experience. The lip filler dissolving procedure begins with the application of numbing cream to dull the burning sensation (often likened to bee stings) that is often experienced. Following the numbing cream, hyaluronidase is then injected into the lips with a series of tiny injections to dissolve the lip fillers. Whilst hyaluronidase begins to work immediately, the full effects are seen at two weeks after the procedure, once the swelling fully revolves. The procedure itself is relatively quick, taking approximately 10 mins to perform.

It is not uncommon for patients to experience swelling and there may be bruising  discolouration in a minority of patients post-treatment, which will subside within a few days (it’s nothing a bit of lipstick won’t cover!)

With any cosmetic procedure, there are minimal risks associated; which may include the destruction of natural hyaluronic acid, meaning the lips go thinner than their original size or a small risk of an allergic reaction. Potential complications should always be discussed before treatment. 

Hyaluronidase is not actually licensed as a lip filler dissolving application, however, its use is permitted provided that it is used in the best interest of the patient and with full, informed consent.

It is common for patients who have had numerous lip filler treatments over the years to have hyaluronidase to strip the lips back before starting with lip fillers again, which may be what Kylie Jenner is doing. This will achieve a fresher, smoother appearance; a blank canvas before starting again.

Hyaluronidase is also used on patients who have had botched lip filler treatments, which unfortunately happens at the hands of inexperienced and unqualified practitioners, whose aim appears to be to inject high volumes of product for personal profit, regardless of a patient’s aesthetic goals. It’s imperative that patients do thorough research into both the treatment and the expertise of the doctor before undergoing any procedure in order to safeguard against potentially disastrous and unsightly treatments.

Dissolving lip fillers is not without risk. Beauty should not be subject to fashion: oversized unnatural lips should be avoided and yoyo-ing between large and small lip ideals based on celebrity culture is likely to distort tissues in the long term. It is always safer to aim for natural, enhanced beauty. 

For a consultation with Mr Branford please call 0808 250 6831