A numbing cream is applied to the area to be treated and most individuals only feel a mild discomfort during the injection of dermal filler. The lips are more vascular so this area can be more sensitive to discomfort during treatment.
Treatment is done within a few minutes.
The skin is made up of an upper layer called the epidermis and a layer below it called the dermis. Beneath this is the fatty tissue.
Dermal fillers are injected into the dermis of the skin and add volume.
They are made of hyaluronic acid (HA), which is naturally found in the dermis. The HA binds water and creates volume.
The results are instant and typically the results last a minimum of 3 months. Subsequent dermal filler treatment to the same area may last much longer, potentially up to 9 months.
Newer, more advanced dermal fillers are also available, which last much longer, the results averaging 12-18 months.
The treatment is not permanent so once you decide to stop having dermal filler injections the added volume will gradually disappear returning your skin to its previous condition. There are no implications on how it will age in the future.
The treatment has simply bought you more time of a youthful look.