Once a procedure for the rich and famous, lip fillers are now one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in Australia.
- Social media influencers, including Kylie Jenner, make lip fillers popular
- Touted as a “lunchtime treatment”, doctors warn of serious complications
- Australians spend more than $1bn a year on cosmetic procedures, says the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery
And practitioners are increasingly concerned about the growing trend of overfilled lips.
“What we are seeing is increased amounts of lips that have been done disproportionately,” plastic surgeon Dr Naveen Somia told ABC Radio Sydney.
“We do get patients who believe that more is better.”
It’s often promoted as a “lunchtime treatment,” but doctors are warning there are real risks associated with lip injections.
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Lip enhancement is just one of many cosmetic procedures young Australian women are increasingly seeking. Australians spend more than $1 billion on up to 500,000 separate cosmetic procedures annually, according to the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery (ACCS).
Lip enhancement is just one of many cosmetic procedures young Australian women are increasingly seeking.
Australians spend more than $1 billion on up to 500,000 separate cosmetic procedures annually, according to the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery (ACCS).
Supplied: Instagram/ Kylie Jenner
Social media is blamed for the increase, with high-profile celebrities like Kylie Jenner helping to popularise lip fillers.
“People do chase after specific features of a well-known celebrity,” Dr Somia said.
“Just because big lips look good on Celebrity X, it does not mean it will suit your face.”
He said untrained practitioners were a cause for concern and anyone offered more than one millilitre per injection should question the treatment.
“You’ve got practitioners who are willingly injecting two or three millilitres of lip filler … you’re looking at an epidemic of distortion,” he said.
‘Lumps under my lips’
Faheema Rezaei knows the risks of lip injections all too well.
The 29-year-old got a filler for the first time five years ago in her top lip, which she felt was too thin.
After forking out hundreds of dollars at a Sydney clinic she was left with results that were far from her expectations.
“I experienced a lot of lumps underneath my lips and I lost my cupid’s bow so it ended up looking sausage-like,” Ms Rezaei said.
“I went to another injector months later … she corrected the shape and gave it more symmetry.”
‘Lip skin can fall off’
Doctors are urging patients to be mindful of complications associated with lip fillers before undergoing treatment.
“If it’s done badly, you will see distortion of aesthetics or medical complications where your artery can be blocked … or the lip skin can fall off,” Dr Somia said.
Patients are also being warned to steer clear of untrained, inexperienced practitioners.
Lip fillers are Schedule 4 drugs that must be prescribed by a doctor.
“The regulations are in place, but the government and regulatory authorities can’t chase up all the underground black-market operators … it’s very difficult to chase such operators,” said Dr Ronald Feiner from the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery (ACCS).
“It’s really a matter of buyer beware. Do your research.”