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What Are Lip Fillers?

Lip filler treatment is a popular non-surgical treatment to boost both the shape and volume of the lips via the injection of dermal lip filler.

As the effects of aging take hold, lip volume depletes to leave a thinner, flatter appearance. Wrinkles and fine lines may also appear, contributing to a less smooth look, less defined borders and a flattened 'cupid's bow', creating an overall tired and aged appearance.

Lip fillers can provide a quick, safe and effective non-surgical solution to reverse these symptoms, and deliver improved lip volume and contour. Fillers are an affordable option for someone who wants to enhance the appearance of their lips naturally. 

At the Cadogan Clinic we only use FDA approved products by JUVÉDERM® or RESTYLANE®. These are based on the naturally occurring active agent hyaluronic acid rather than collagen to plump up the skin. The fillers will dissolve over time and are eventually reabsorbed into the body. Temporary fillers are the safest and lower the risk of any long term side effects from occurring.

Lip filler treatments can last as long as a year, although this varies from person to person. The treatment will need to be repeated in order to maintain the result.

Eventually you may wish to consider a more permanent treatment to turn the clock back on aging and wrinkled lips, such as fat transfer. Our expert consultants will be able to advise you on the options available to you.

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Beauty therapists can legally administer lip fillers in the UK. However, we would always recommend that you go to a qualified and experienced consultant at a reputable medical clinic. If lip injections are delivered by someone who lacks the necessary experience, qualifications or medical knowledge, then this can potentially lead to some serious complications. These can include infection, lumps and filler moving away from the treatment area which may require surgery. We have invited a selection of the country's very best consultants to join us at the Cadogan Clinic so that you can be sure that you will be seeing one of the top practitioners in the country for your lip fillers.

Mr. Hazim Sadideen

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What Does It Involve?

Lip fillers are injected using a very fine needle into the lip region by your qualified consultant and deliver immediate results.

Typically a lip filler treatment would require one or two vials of injectable filler, depending on the effect that needs to be created. We only use lip fillers based on hyaluronic acid at the Cadogan Clinic, a dissolvable substance that occurs naturally in the body and is completely safe to use.

The product contains an anaesthetic but it may be possible to have a numbing cream applied to the area prior to the treatment if you would prefer.

The procedure itself should take approximately 15 minutes. Results can be seen straight away.

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Why Do People Have It?

Some common reasons include:

  • Enhance contours of the lip
  • Add volume or ‘plump’ the lip
  • Soften smoker’s lines and wrinkles
  • Define lip borders
  • Reconstruct contour deformities in the mouth area 

What are the benefits of lip fillers at Cadogan Clinic?

Lip fillers are a popular cosmetic treatment, adding volume to thin lips and adding definition. This results in plumper, healthy-looking lips, with lines, wrinkles, folds and creases eliminated. Lip fillers can make a person look considerably younger than their years. 

  • The results look natural and can be so subtle that it will not be obvious that you have had lip fillers. Not only can lip fillers improve physical appearance, but patients who have this treatment experience a major boost to their self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • Lip fillers take as little as 10 to 15 minutes to administer, and there is no need for a general anesthetic, meaning you can leave the clinic straightaway. There is no downtime required at all, so once you have had your lip filler injections, you are free to return to work and the rest of your day-to-day activities, while following the aftercare instructions issued by your consultant.
  • Another big plus point for lip fillers is that the treatment produces fast results, and the changes are visible immediately. It can take a few days for the final result to be revealed.
  • Lip fillers are carried out using a very fine needle, meaning there are no scars left behind.
  • Lip fillers can be carried out alongside other treatments to enhance the face overall, for example fillers can be used alongside botox in an 8 point lift, a non-surgical treatment which targets eight strategic areas of the face.
  • Another bonus of using lip fillers is that they can stimulate natural collagen and elastin production, which are vital to maintaining plump, youthful skin.

Our consultants are experts in their field and are all qualified and highly experienced in administering lip fillers, so you can be assured you are in the very best hands.

If you are looking for dermal fillers in London, our award-winning clinic is conveniently located on Sloane Street, Chelsea.

Which parts of the lip can be enhanced with dermal filler?

Lip filler treatment can target a variety of areas in the lip region, including:

  • Lip border (vermillion border)  – Dermal fillers can be used to add definition to the lip border. This treatment will subtly help your lips to look healthier and more hydrated. This can be coupled with other treatments to improve lip volume.
  • Upper and/or lower lip - Lip filler can help restore or increase volume to the body of the lower and/or upper lip. This can be a subtle enhancement or a more dramatic transformation, depending on what you hope to achieve through the treatment.
  • Cupid bow – The v-shape contour above the upper lip is known as the cupid bow. Dermal lip filler is used to contour and add curvature to the natural lip shape. This is a good treatment if you have a flat lip. This can be coupled with lip filler injections to the philtrum column for an enhanced result.
  • Corner of the mouth: Lines that extend from the corners of the lips down towards the chin are known as marionette lines. These troublesome lines can make a person appear sad or frowning. Sometimes these lines can be so severe that saliva builds up in the corners of the mouth, making the area sore. Lip fillers can strengthen the lines and better support this area of the face.
  • Fine lines/smoker’s lines – Also sometimes known as ‘barcode lines’, these are the vertical fine lines which fan out from the upper lip. These lines are particularly prevalent among smokers due to the frequent pursing of the lips when smoking. These lines can add years to a person’s face and the lack of lip definition can cause lipstick to bleed, drawing further attention to the problem area. Lip border treatment can help to smooth out these wrinkles and redefine the upper lip.
  • Philtrum column - The philtrum columns are the two raised lines which travel from the upper lip to the bottom of the nose. Some people have prominent, well defined, philtrum columns while others are entirely flat above the upper lip, with no natural philtrum columns to speak of. As we age, we lose this definition as the area above our upper lip gets longer and flatter. Creating a philtrum column will add curve and contouring, giving this area a youthful appearance and providing improved support to this part of the face.
  • Lower face - The use of lower face treatments can help to improve the lips by providing better support to this particular facial feature. Lower face treatments can help with nasolabial lines, mental crease and jaw and chin definition.

Your surgeon will be able to advise on the best lip filler treatment to help you achieve your desired result.


Filler treatments at the Cadogan clinic vary in cost depending on the filler product used and the amount used, but treatments typically start from £550.


What to expect during your lip filler consultation at the Cadogan Clinic?

Due to our underlying medical philosophy and strict medical standards, we only offer dermal lip filler treatments by trained consultant dermatologists or plastic surgeons. Not only is this safer, but is proven to deliver superior aesthetic outcomes.

You will meet with one of our highly trained cosmetic dermatologists or surgeons at the Clinic on Sloane Street, Chelsea, for a no-obligation in-person assessment.

Your consultant will discuss the following with you at this consultation:

  • The best options for you and your facial anatomy, and the results that you would likely achieve
  • An explanation of the procedure, recovery and likely outcomes and costs
  • Go through your past medical history
  • Answer any questions you may have

If you both agree that a treatment is desirable during the consultation, your treatment can take place there and then during the same visit.

Your consultation is free, but subject to a £50 attendance deposit that can be redeemed against any treatment delivered during your visit.

You are then invited back for a free post-treatment review session 2 – 4 weeks later.

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  • Visit the Clinic on Sloane Street, Chelsea for your free no-obligation consultation with one of our cosmetic dermatologists or surgeons
  • Have your treatment during the same visit if it is agreed with your consultant
  • Return 2 - 4 weeks later for a post treatment review 

Frequently Asked Questions

As we age our skin's underlying structure gradually begins to break down and we begin to lose skin volume, elasticity and firmness. This occurs all over the face and body to leave us with lines and wrinkles and sagging skin.

In the lip area the ageing process is particularly noticeable. Over time lips become less full and plump, and begin to lose their definition around the borders both on the top of the mouth (Cupid's Bow) and around the corners of the mouth. Vertical lines and folds also begin to appear around the mouth, particularly among smokers.

Lip filler is a quick, safe and effective treatment for rejuvenating the lip region and restoring a youthful appearance to these age-related mouth and lip conditions.

We only offer consultant – led lip filler treatments, performed by highly trained cosmetic dermatologists or plastic surgeons.

Dermal Filler treatments in the UK are currently unregulated meaning any aesthetic practitioner can perform them. This has led to the proliferation of low quality 'high street' providers, and filler treatments even being made available in non-medical environments such as gyms.

At the Cadogan Clinic we believe such practices are extremely risky and highly correlated with unsafe and poor aesthetic outcomes.

It is best to arrive at the Clinic with your skin as best prepared for your dermal filler treatment as it can be. This would ideally include not drinking alcohol for 2-3 days prior to your appointment to lessen the risk of bleeding and bruising, as well as having had plenty of rest the night before your treatment to ensure you arrive feeling calm and relaxed.

It is also advised that you do not consume ibuprofen and aspirin for 1 week prior to your appointment as these can also thin your blood making bruising more likely.

Dermal filler treatments are generally not painful, although the amount of discomfort you experience may vary depending on the area.

Treatments around the lip are typically the most uncomfortable but the pain can be easily tolerated through the anaesthetic included in the filler and the application, if required, of additional topically applied anaesthetic cream.

Your lip enhancement treatment should be virtually painless.

There is typically no downtime at all.

There may be a slight mild redness, swelling, tenderness, bruising, or itching which usually subsides after a few hours following treatment - most patients can return to work or to their regular activities immediately after receiving treatment, although we recommend 24hrs before doing any vigorous exercise.

Dermal fillers work instantly so you should start to see the results immediately, and certainly within the first 48 hours. We typically recommend allowing a week or so before expecting to see the final results, in order to allow for any minor swelling or bruising to subside.

The beauty of lip fillers is the results can be as subtle or dramatic as you would like them to be. Our consultants can control the outcome based on a patient’s stated personal preferences. Some patients prefer an extremely subtle change, whilst others may prefer something more impactful.

Either way, your results will look natural, as our specialists will use your natural contours to deliver the very best outcomes. You will also retain a full array of facial expressions after your lip filler treatment.

If you are looking for a permanent change in the shape or volume of your lips, you may wish to consider an alternative treatment, such as fat transfer to face.

Fat transfer to face, also referred to as facial fat grafting, is a surgical treatment which sees fat taken from another area of the body and processed before being reintroduced to the relevant part of the face, in this case the lips.

This treatment will add volume to the lips and rejuvenate the appearance of the lower part of the face. Your consultant will be able to discuss this treatment option with you in more detail.

Lip fillers are extremely safe when delivered by a trained medical practitioner. Outcomes can be managed precisely by a technical practitioner, and results are also not permanent and can be rectified ('dissolved') if they are not to your satisfaction.

That said, whilst extremely rare when fillers are delivered in a medical environment by a medical professional, possible risks include:

  • Asymmetry, or uneven result
  • Allergic reaction
  • Bruising, bleeding on injection site, swelling
  • Damage to skin and possible scarring
  • Lumps of filler under the skin
  • Skin necrosis
  • Infection

These risks will be fully discussed at your consultation prior to your consent.

We typically recommend you wait at least 12 hours before applying any makeup, lip liner or lipstick. This is because lip filler injections can leave the area feeling tender and bruised and applying any make-up on the affected area may exacerbate this tenderness and cause some discomfort of the lips. When applying lipstick or lip liner, be careful not to put too much pressure on the lips in order to avoid disturbing and moving the lip filler around and risk compromising the result of your filler.

During your consultation you will discuss your expectations in detail with your trained medical consultant, so there really should not be any surprise when it comes to the results.

That said, if you are unhappy with the results you are free to revisit the Clinic to see if your concerns can be rectified by the addition of further lip filler, or neutralised by administering a solution that dissolves the filler almost instantly, leaving no lasting damage or effect.

Over time the naturally-occurring active agent in dermal fillers – hyaluronic acid – will wear off. 

The filler will be reabsorbed into the body, leaving no lasting damage or effect. Your lips will return to their pretreatment state. 

There are some misconceptions that lip fillers stretch your skin, leaving wrinkles and sagging skin behind once the lip filler wears off. There is no truth in this. In fact dermal fillers can increase the body’s natural collagen production, improving skin laxity and leaving you with younger-looking lips and skin.

If you want to maintain the result of your dermal lip fillers, you will need to visit the clinic for follow-up treatments.

Bruising and swelling after lip filler can occur so we recommend following the below guidelines before and after your treatment:

  • Not taking aspirin or ibuprofen in the week prior to treatment and the two days afterward
  • Avoiding alcohol at least 24 hours before and after your treatment
  • Avoiding strenuous exercise for 24 hours after treatment
  • Avoiding extreme temperatures wherever possible (e.g. steam rooms, saunas)

Juvederm is an extremely popular form of injectable filler, commonly used for lip enhancement; however, it can also be used to treat natural wrinkles and folds in the skin, which are commonly found around our eyes and can appear on our foreheads.

Juvederm is composed mainly from a natural material called hyaluronic acid, which is found in the skin of mammals and is responsible for holding in the skin's moisture. As our bodies begin to age, the skin gradually begins to lose its hyaluronic acid, which in turn, results in thinner and a more wrinkled skin. This is often noticeable around the mouth lips and eyes.

Juvederm Lip enhancement is a treatment designed specifically to restore the moisture in the lips to provide fuller and more youthful lips. To achieve the appearance of a more youthful and fuller lip, the Juvederm filler is carefully injected, using a tiny needle, into the desired area and the area surrounding.

Juvederm is made primarily of natural substances, and over time, it will gradually be absorbed back into the body. Once a desired look has been achieved, it is common for a patient to require repeat procedures in order to maintain this more youthful and fuller face.

Initial treatments usually last for approximately 10 – 12 months; however, this can often vary depending on each patient. Due to the nature of Juvederm, and that the effects can be reversed over a long period of time, it is extremely popular amongst patients who have no experience of cosmetic surgery.

How to find us

The Cadogan Clinic is based at 120 Sloane Street in Chelsea, just off Sloane Square and the Kings Road.

We are accessible by all major bus routes that pass through Sloane Square and Sloane Street, as well as Sloane Square tube station.

We are just a 5 minute walk northwards up Sloane Street once you have arrived at Sloane Square.

Local pay parking is available just around the corner from the Clinic on Cadogan Gate, Cadogan Square and Cadogan Gardens. Our local residential parking zone is the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

Address: 120 Sloane Street, Chelsea, London, SW1X 9BW

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