What are Lip Fillers or Lip Augmentation?

What are Lip Fillers or Lip Augmentation? Dr Baines, Taunton, Explains All

Lip Fillers or Lip augmentation are a non-surgical procedure that aims to increase fullness and moisture in the skin.

In summary, lip fillers or lip augmentation is a non-cosmetic procedure that can give you fuller, plumper lips. There are many types of dermal fillers that can be injected into your lips and around your mouth and the most common fillers are products that contain hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the body which helps increase volume by adding temporary volume and definition. These types of dermal fillers are sometimes called "hyaluronic acid fillers." Lip fillers are not permanent and they can last anything from 3 – 12 months depending on the person and the product brand used.

Every brand and type of filler can give different results and effects, and your skin care consultant will be able to advise you of these.

What should you look for when considering Lip Fillers?

Be careful and do your research. The most important thing is to find a medically trained consultant that specialises in facial aesthetics who can show you results from their existing patients. Arrange a consultation appointment with them at their clinic and ask lots of questions, it’s often a good idea to write your questions down beforehand so you don’t forget anything. A good clinic will not charge for a consultation and will never push you to make an appointment.

During your consultation ask to see before and after photos of previous patients and ask how often the doctor does fillers. During the meeting, they should be reviewing your medical history and discussing your goals with you. If they can easily answer your questions it is a sign they are familiar and confident with the treatment procedure. They should be telling you how to prepare for the treatment, do’s and don’ts and what to expect during and after including any side effects.

Good doctors will arrange a follow-up appointment, normally 2-3 weeks after your treatment to see how it has worked and how you are feeling with the results. Be aware that if they are available for same-day appointments, then this can, not always be a bad sign. You should feel comfortable and confident with the consultant who will be carrying out your procedure and if you don’t then it is advisable to find someone else.

After your consultation appointment, research the clinic and the doctor on the internet. Don’t just rely on reviews from customers on their own website as these may not always give you a true and overall picture of their customers' experience and results. Look at other clinic’s treatments, reviews and prices as a comparison and be aware that quite often you will pay more for someone with a good amount of experience and proven results.

How do Lip Filler or Lip Augmentation treatments work?

Dermal fillers can be used very effectively on lips to achieve a variety of results.  Lip margins can be given more definition or volume can be increased, very small amounts of dermal filler can be used to achieve a fuller look without a producing a pouting look. Fine lines around the lips, which are known as lipstick lines, can also be removed or reduced with dermal fillers. Fine needles are used to inject the filler into specific areas of your lips to increase fullness and reduce lines around the lips.

Why Choose Dr Baines for your Lip Filler treatment?

Dr Paul Baines has been medically qualified for over 23 years and has experience in a wide range of medical and surgical procedures. He offers a holistic approach to skincare and non-surgical aesthetic treatments which he has been practising for the last 10 years. Dr Baines ethos is to provide safe procedures and to ensure his patients maintain a natural look.  He believes ‘less is more’ and your friends and family will often just see a rejuvenated, fresher and younger looking you. Dr Baines is happy to talk you through any questions or concerns you may have before booking your free consultation with him.

Dr Baines offers a free, no-obligation consultation and won’t carry out any treatment until he has done a thorough assessment of your skin, the benefits you are looking for and your medical history, through a detailed discussion with him.

A follow-up appointment is arranged with every patient 3 weeks after their treatment to assess how the procedure has worked for them. A further treatment may be offered if the desired effects have not been achieved at no additional charge and this is always at the discretion of Dr Baines at the follow-up appointment.

What Products and Brands does Dr Baines use?

Belotero - It is always advisable to visit a qualified aesthetic practitioner who is mastered in the art of using Belotero. Treatment can be tailored to your lip shape, with fullness and definition added subtly for a natural approach, and it is always better to go back to your practitioner for a top-up treatment if you feel you need to, rather than have too much product injected during the first visit. Dr Baines is very experienced in the use of Belotero fillers.

Restylane fillers - If you have heard of the brand you may believe that Restylane is used as a lip filler. Actually, it is used on areas around the mouth (and face) rather than the lips themselves. Skin boosters and skincare are designed to help restore, enhance and refresh your skin. Dr Baines will talk you through the benefits of each of these so you are able to decide if these are the right ones for you.

Profhilo is a special type of dermal filler and is an injectable hyaluronic acid (HA) specifically aimed at reducing skin laxity.   Rather than targeting a specific area such as the cheek or mouth areas, Profhilo produces a uniform improvement of skin texture all over the face, neck décolletage, lips or wherever else it used. With one of the highest concentrations of HA on the market, it is not only boosting and hydrating to the skin, but it also remodels the ageing and sagging tissue.

Unlike some many other skin-boosting treatments, the special properties of Profhilo enable it to migrate along tissue planes, minimizing the number of injections required. The absence of any of any downtime post-treatment makes this a highly attractive treatment. Profhilo delivers great results as a treatment on its own or in combination with other aesthetics treatments as the shape of the face is maintained. The subtle treatment is a favourite amongst those looking to try dermal fillers for the first time.

Radiesse is an alternative type of dermal filler and consists of Calcium Hydroxylapatite rather than hyaluronic acid. The extra firming and lifting properties of this product make it ideally suited to support and tighten the jawline, dramatically reducing the appearance of laxity to the jowl. It is a very popular treatment for both male and female clients and the duration of effect can be up to 2 years.

Teosyal is a full range of injectable dermal fillers made of non-animal origin and biodegradable hyaluronic acid. It is compatible with any automated injector pen, making injections more comfortable, more precise and quicker to administer and it is ideal for more sensitive areas such as the lip, reducing the recovery time for these areas. The filler allows greater flexibility and natural facial movement after being administered.

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic acid is a natural skin component present in everyone’s skin which reduces with age and over time. It acts like a sponge and retains large quantities of water to keep the skin plumped and soft. In the fillers syringes, HA comes in the form of a gel.

If you are looking for safe Lip Filler treatment by a medical expert in Taunton, or anywhere in the South West then give Dr Baines a call on 07790 90093 and he will be happy to help you with any questions you may have before booking your free, no obligation consultation appointment.

Dr Baines Treatment Clinic address:

The Crescent Clinic

9 The Crescent



Dr Baines also works from Buff Day Spa and you can contact them directly on 01823 257445 to arrange your consultation appointment at:

Buff Urban Day Spa

22-24 Station Road



Dr Baines - NHS Consultant, Musgrove Park Hospital, MB BCh MRCS, FRCEM, LL.M

The last 10 years of Dr Baines experience in aesthetic practice has led him to become a teacher for Galderma, manufacturer to the industry-leading brand Restylane. 


Martyn Lenthall