Marie Claire looks into Lip fillers with Dr Kuldeep Minocha
Suzanne Scott at Marie Claire books herself in with Dr Minocha to investigate Lip Fillers.
So… what did they say?
Lip fillers; they’re not everyone’s cup of tea but ‘Lip Filler’ is one of the most Googled beauty search terms in the UK so I think it’s a safe bet that a lot of you are at least curious.
Lip fillers have a bit of a bad rep but that’s mostly down to a handful of celebrities that have taken their lip size beyond what anyone could possibly consider ‘natural’. Not to mention the 2002 Lesley Ash incident that left her barely recognisable and a reluctant poster girl for lip fillers gone bad. But, to put this into perspective; Ash’s lips were injected with liquid silicone by the mother of a friend, a Venezuelan plastic surgeon. Thankfully, silicone – or permanent – lip fillers are a thing of the past in the UK.
Today’s sophisticated fillers are made of Hyaluronic Acid (or HA), which is a substance that’s found naturally in the body. It’s a pretty useful beauty ingredient because it’s able to hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water and this is the reason why if you check the ingredients list on the back of your skincare products you’ll find it up front and centre. In a cream it can only do so much because it can’t penetrate the outer layers of your skin to reach a depth where it can have an instant and noticeable impact. That’s where a needle comes in.
On a personal note, I’m overjoyed with the treatment. It’s subtle and completely believable. I developed a tiny bruise that lasted four days and that was the only thing anyone noticed – my own family didn’t even guess what I had done – instead colleagues and friends told me I looked ‘refreshed’, ‘healthy’ and ‘glowy’ and a couple of people told me that they liked the way I had done my make-up though I hadn’t changed it at all. It’s kind of amazing how one tiny ‘tweak’ had such an impact.