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Celebrities have always been the gold standard to what we perceive as being “beautiful.” So when women such as Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, and Keira Knightley, grace the red carpet with big smiles and plump full lips, having this feature becomes the desire of women and men alike everywhere. However, not everyone is born with full lips and some may need the help of lip filler treatment. Lip augmentation is a procedure that is used to both enlarge and reshape the appearance of one’s lips.

Why do we have lip filler treatment?

This procedure is not only used for cosmetic purposes, either. Some suffer from lip anomalies, such as a cleft palate, and need the procedure to live a more comfortable and full life. A person with this type of condition may have speech problems, many ear infections, and even hearing problems. By using lip filler treatment to help correct the anomaly, one can finally enjoy day-to-day life without any discomfort. There are several different ways for one to manipulate their lips through surgery. Some are more invasive than others, but in the end, it is all about one’s personal preference. The most common ways to perform lip augmentation are through lip fillers, implants, and manipulation of the appearance through surgery.

The most frequent procedure that people choose for lip augmentation is to use fillers that are injected into one’s lips. The healing process after any of these procedures should only last four to six weeks. However, the swelling should go down after a maximum of 10 days. These procedures offer the celebrity look that everyone is trying to achieve without drastically altering one’s appearance.

Lips Tell the Story of Your Age

If the eyes are a window to the soul, the lips tell the story of a woman’s age. Lips of both sexes reach the fullness of maturity in early adulthood, and then between the ages of 30 and 40 begin to lose volume and experience the shrinkage that is part of the normal aging process.

A recent scientific study concludes that fuller lips, however, more than any other facial feature, belie the telltale signs of aging to make a woman appear more youthful than her age. People notice graying hair and wrinkles less in a face with a full, young-looking mouth.

Not only do a set of plump, pouting lips communicate youthful verve, they also exude a strong sexual allure tor the opposite sex.

The Genetic Factor

Researcher David Gunn at Unilever, the firm that sponsored the study at 11 universities on a global level including St. Andrews, says that the way lips age is largely determined by genetics. While sun damage augments the signs of aging, DNA has the greater influence over lip shrinkage.

Upon analysis of a Caucasian test group of more than 100 pairs of Dutch twins as well as 162 British females between the ages of 45-75, researchers concluded that wrinkles, liver spots, and sun damage to skin resulted from both genetic and environmental influences. However, the progression of receding hairlines, grayness, and lip shrinkage are the direct result of heredity.

Improving on Heredity

Lip shrinkage may be more difficult to address than other genetic factors. While a quick trip to the beauty shop can effectively conceal the gray, you need to address lip shrinkage before it shows.

London cosmetic surgeon Barry Jones believes that subtle lip treatment at an early age can preserve lip fullness in women and thus enhance their youthful appearance longer. While a young woman does not require a complete face lift, addressing lip shrinkage before it has progressed significantly is the best course of action.

Such techniques as collagen injections or silicone implants can enhance lips and keep lips attractive for years. Jones does not normally use these procedures for women over the age of 60 because lip thinning is already advanced and such cosmetic remedies are largely ineffective.

Professional cosmetic advice can also help you keep your lips looking youthful. Artfully applied lip liner, gloss, color and powder can be wonderful aid in sprucing up even the most youthful pout.

Advances in Lip Augmentation

Even tribal cultures associate full lips with youthful beauty. Since the Stone Age, women of all ethnic background have undergone procedures, simple or complicated, to enhance lip size and create a fuller, more defined appearance. Women have come a long way since the Stone Age, but the quest for fuller lips continues. Young girls today look to the lips of Kylie Jenner and Angelina Jolie as definitive models of the way the lips of women should look.

The two main components of beautiful lips are fullness and youthfulness. As women age, fissures and crevices develop, eclipsing the youthfulness required to maintain beautiful lips. Cosmetic surgeons have developed a vast selection of substances that reverse fissures and crevices, temporarily.

Lip filler treatment to achieve the perfect pout

A main aspect in lip fillers rise to popularity is how fast it can be done. Treatment times can be less than half an hour with plump results showing immediately. Longevity of treatment can last up to 6 months, achieving a constant perfect pout.

Before and afters of lip filler treatment: 

Lip filler training

At Cosmetic Courses we offer three options for your lip filler training:

  1. Introduction to Lip Filler Training Course: this one day course is the perfect follow on for our Foundation course, for those eager to learn the art of lip filler. The course covers basic techniques, anatomy, patient suitability and product selection whilst using live models provided by us.
  2. Lip Filler Masterclass Training Course: delving deeper into lip filler treatment whilst incorporating use of cannula and its benefits with a more advanced approach.
  3. Lip Filler Online Courses: we also offer online course for lip filler training, these act as the theory part of your learning and can be referred back to at anytime within our online portal. After successful completion you will then be invited to attend a practical session on the treatment with live models and expert supervision.

Lip filler treatment

We offer lip filler treatment at our clinics across the UK within a training environment for a reduced cost of performed in clinic with our practitioners, both using quality products and care.

To find out more about our lip filler treatment you can click here. 

If you would like to speak to our team further about lip filler treatment or training please contact us on 01844 390110 or [email protected] Don’t forget to follow us at @cosmeticcourses on social media to keep up with the latest! 

kylie jenner before and after lip filler experience

Transformation of Kylie Jenners lips through dermal filler

In 2015 the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reported that more than 27,000 lip procedures took place in the U.S.  Stating a lip procedure was performed every 20 minutes, with a rise of 43% of new patients since 2000.

As one of the most googled beauty procedures, lip fillers are rising in popularity by the day. With the likes of Kylie Jenner leading a revolution in plumper pouts.

Non-surgical treatments are a big decision to make. We spoke to a new #CCmodel who recently had lip fillers in our Buckinghamshire clinic about her experience and what made her choose to have the treatment.

What made you decide to have lip fillers?

“I was quite self conscious about my top lip as when I smiled it disappeared. It seems that the recent trend is for everyone to have bigger, fuller lips following on from Kylie Jenner. This was something which drew me to the procedure- seeing how it worked on other people”

Why did you book with Cosmetic Courses for this treatment?

“I follow Cosmetic Courses on Instagram. The rapport with existing models from the Cosmetic Courses team made me feel like I was coming into a supportive community. I called to enquire about the treatment and the team were so knowledgeable I felt a lot more confident – this was a big part of it for me.”

Did you have an end result in mind from your appointment?

“I wanted it to be very natural and not obvious at all. Ohla seemed to know exactly what I was talking about! She ensured me that, especially as it was the first time I was getting fillers, that it’s always better to start off with less, you can then go back if you want to go bigger. They’re only minimally bigger but it’s made such a difference to how I feel.”

Can you give us a run down of your day being a Cosmetic Courses model?

“I’d been thinking back and fourth for such a long time about having it done before actually going ahead and booking it. Before coming in I was looking in the mirror A LOT just trying to imagine the difference it might make. On the drive there I was getting a little nervous because, despite there being a really low chance of something going wrong, there’s always a little worry that you might be that one person! From walking in I was made to feel very comfortable and I was given all the forms to fill out which made the whole experience  extremely professional. They took some “before” photos of me and I was then given some numbing cream for my lips. before and after lip fillers (1)

Ohla came to the reception to bring me into the treatment  room. Both the trainer and delegate asked me what I was looking for and talked openly about the amount of filler they felt was needed and in what areas.  I found it very  reassuring to hear Olha discuss the procedure with her delegate, as although this was a training day for him I also learnt a lot about the treatment and felt at ease with the in depth training happening around me.

One thing I was nervous about was the pain so I was pleasantly surprised that the numbing cream had done its  job. All I felt was a small scratch from the needle, other than that it was basically painless.

Ohla and her delegate talked through any questions I had about aftercare and I was given a sheet of things to expect. I then left and went back to reception for “after” photos and then went home to enjoy my new and improved lips!”

Would you recommend Cosmetic Courses to friends and family?

“Definitely! I know a lot of people that have thought about doing it but I think people are too scared that they’ll end up with HUGE fake looking lips which just isn’t the case, Cosmetic Courses give natural enhancements with your ideals in mind.”

Lastly, do you have any advice for someone who is thinking of having non-surgical treatments?

“I’d say have an idea of what it is that you’d like to achieve and be honest about this to the person doing the treatment so that they can give their opinion and let you know what can realistically be done.”

Thinking of lip fillers?

Our friendly team are here to help in your decision for treatment. Cosmetic Courses is the UK’s leading cosmetic training provider offering high quality lip filler treatment at a third of the high street cost. As a model you will be in the capable hands of our experienced aesthetic trainers as doctors, dentists and nurses are taught the art of lip augmentation.

If you’re interested in becoming a model for lip filler treatment at Cosmetic Courses then register your interest here and someone will be in touch to discuss the details with you.

Every cosmetic procedure carries their own myths. Here we address the ones found with lip filler treatments, also known as lip augmentation.

“People will know I have had lip fillers”

It’s easy to search “celebrity lip fillers” and be bombarded with an array of over-injected stars. Enough to want to make you stay away from a needle. The truth behind the pictures is that dermal fillers can look natural (some people just prefer it not to). With ease, a trained medical practitioner can give a subtle hint of volume and shape to your lips, producing the desired outcome.

We advise you to have an understanding of what you want to achieve from the treatment. Listen to your practitioners advice (they do know best after all!).

Most importantly, work with the face you have. There is no point turning up to an appointment thinking you will be coming out as Angelina Jolie. You will come out as you just with better lips!

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“A foreign substance is being injected into my face”

This is not the case. There are many brands out there used for dermal fillers, all promising to give a fuller look. Look for the brands containing Hyaluronic Acid. A natural substance found in our bodies. The injections containing this simply reintroduce it into our bodies. This stimulates our natural hyaluronic acid to work hard in providing a fuller, plumper look.

At Cosmetic Courses we work with Juvederm. A leader in the dermal filler market. Their fillers contain no unnatural substances, just a big old dose of a synthetic version of our bodies own hyaluronic acid.

“Only people with thin lips get fillers”

The most common use for lip fillers is to plump out thinner lips. Although they can do much more than that. Fillers can contour your mouth, define a cupids bow, hydrate dry lips & add symmetry to your face. The possibilities are endless…

“I’m too young/old for fillers”

Fillers are known for the anti-ageing qualities. The hyaluronic acid triggers collagen in the skin to rejuvenate the chosen areas. As well as this it’s also enhancing the area, adding volume.

Many celebrities of all ages use fillers as part of their beauty regime. From Jennifer Aniston preventing ageing to the infamous Kylie Jenner lips.

“My lips will feel strange afterwards”

Another popular lip filler myth. Apart from the swelling after your treatment (which can last up to a day). Your lips will feel back to normal. Some patients even forget they have had their lips done unless they look in a mirror!

“When the filler wears off will my lips be even smaller than before?”

Filler top ups can be done after the previous treatment has dissolved. You can stop having lip fillers completely without any side effects. Your lips will return to their natural size, they won’t be smaller than when you first started having treatment. The hyaluronic acid introduced by the injection will dissolve slowly over time leaving you with your natural lips.

“Lip fillers are irreversible”

As long as you have hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers, the effects will not be permanent. As discussed above, your body naturally breaks down the filler over time. Along with this, if you are unhappy with your results there is always the possibility to instantly dissolve the filler using a substance called Hyalase. This is almost always unnecessary but gives you the peace of mind that there is an option to reverse the filler if required.

Lip Fillers at Cosmetic Courses

before and after lip filler

Cosmetic Courses is the UK’s leading cosmetic training provider offering high quality lip fillertreatment at a third of the high street cost. As a model you will be in the capable hands of our experienced aesthetic trainers as doctors, dentists and nurses are taught the art of lip augmentation.

If you’re interested in becoming a model for lip filler treatment at Cosmetic Courses then register your interest here and someone will be in touch to discuss the details with you.

Without a doubt, 2014-2015 has been the year for lip filler in the UK non-surgical aesthetic market. We only need to take a look at the biggest search engine; Google to see that it is the most searched for cosmetic treatment and this demand is only increasing.

Olha Vorodukhina Cosmetic CoursesAesthetic Dentist at Shine Medical and one of our expert trainers on our lip masterclass Dr Olha Vorodyukhina offers her advice on why lip fillers are essential for any cosmetic practice and how to safely deliver this treatment to your clients.

The Demand for Lip Fillers

At Shine Medical we receive enquiries about lip fillers almost every day. When speaking with my patients, a majority of them have considered this treatment at least once and it is without a doubt one of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedures.

A key aspect of determining the correct treatment plan for your patient is to be mindful of what they are trying to achieve but also what you feel comfortable with as a practitioner. I see a range of patients all with different expectations from lip augmentation treatment.

Following the ‘Kylie Jenner Lip Craze’ we do have a lot of young women in their 20s looking for a more noticeable increase in the size of their lips but we also see middle-aged women and ladies in their 70s looking for a more subtle enhancement to restore shape and volume that has been lost during the ageing process.

Lip filler is a highly versatile treatment for any age, gender and look that is trying to be achieved and with the continual demand for this procedure, we believe it is an essential part of your treatment portfolio.

Confidence is Key in Lip Augmentation

We often hear from delegates at our Lip Augmentation Masterclasses that they do not feel confident or comfortable enough to offer lip fillers to their clients. This is despite them knowing there is a high demand for this procedure.

And this is absolutely understandable. Lips are one of those areas that can create swelling and bruising both during and after the treatment which can be disconcerting for both you and your patient.

However, the good news is that if lip augmentation is performed correctly, it is one of the most rewarding treatments to carry out.

Patient Consultation and Assessment

With more celebrities than ever being featured in the news with their plumped up pouts it is important to manage your patient’s expectations and not allow them to push you over the limits of a safe treatment. Key to this is identifying your patient’s needs as well as their expectation from the outset. This is where your consultation and communication skills come into play.

During our Lip Masterclass one of our main learning objectives is correct treatment planning and patient management.

Assessment of the lips cannot effectively be performed by simply looking at your patient. It is important to ‘look beyond your patient’s mouth’ by looking inside the mouth as well. You will be looking for dental occlusion, teeth positioning, smile lines and facial expressions. Assessing each of these areas in detail with allow you to create a bespoke treatment plan for your patient.

You will also then be equipped to select the most appropriate dermal filler product. This will be determined by what you are trying to achieve, whether it be:

  • Restore age-related atrophy
  • Add volume
  • Define the shape of the lips
  • Restore philtrum columns
  • Give support to oral commissures

Very often you may be looking to achieve more than one of these outcomes and therefore you may combine fillers of different viscosity to deliver the most natural and effective results for your client.

Method of Injection for Lip Augmentation

An area we focus on during our Lip Masterclass is method of injection. When injecting the lips an important decision that you’ll make is whether to use a needle or a cannula. A cannula can be uncomfortable for your patient and in some cases creates more swelling but a needle is more likely to cause bruising. Often, for my patients I use a combination of both cannula and needle.

The best way to minimize trauma is by injecting indirectly and minimizing, where possible, the number of injection points.

But always remember that whichever method you choose and are comfortable with, if your patient does experience bruising and swelling this doesn’t necessarily mean you have injected incorrectly. The truth is 1 in 5 patients will bruise following lip augmentation, so don’t let this knock your confidence.

‘Always aim for natural results. It’s better to under treat than over treat.’

By knowing the right technique and restoring the natural tubercles of the lips you can achieve great results by using only 0.5-1ml of dermal filler product.

Dr Olha’s Lip Filler Before and After Photos

Book your Lip Masterclass Today

So if you’re interested in learning how to create beautiful, natural-looking lips, book on to our lip masterclass today. You can secure your place online or alternatively you can contact the team who will be more than happy to answer any of your questions.

For those of you that have attended our Foundation and Advanced Botox and Dermal Fillers courses, you will be aware that dermal fillers are used to introduce volume back into areas of the face that have lost volume during the ageing process. When it comes to dermal filler training, there’s a lot to cover, do you know your Juvederm Ultra 2 from your Ultra 4? And what about knowing your marionette lines from your tear troughs?

Where can dermal fillers be used?

Dermal fillers have a wide multitude of uses from the obvious to the not so obvious. If you have a patient that is interested in having dermal filler, we advise that you get them to attend an initial skin consultation with you before having the treatment. This will allow you to find out more about the patient’s medical history, and the look that they are hoping to achieve.

Tear troughs Cosmetic Courses;Picture showing Tear Trough Treatment Before & After

These are the lines under your eyes that make your eyes look tired. A loss of volume in the area, a loss of tissue elasticity or a mild reduction in bone density could all be causes of concern. By using an advanced technique, dermal fillers can be placed in either the tear trough itself, slightly lower in the cheek area, or indeed a combination of both to achieve brighter, more rejuvenated eyes.

Naso-labial folds
Commonly known as the smile or laughter lines, these are the two skin folds that run from each side of the nose to the corners of the mouth. If you are bothered by your nasolabial folds, and wonder what to do to improve the area then filler is perfect to fill out these folds, and partnered with cheek filler the face will appear much younger looking.

Mouth corners

Sometimes the corners of your mouth can droop leaving you looking unhappy. Dermal filler can be placed below the corners of the mouth with a small amount directly into the corners of the lips.

Marionette lines
Marionette lines run between the corners of the lips down towards the chin and jaw giving a puppet-like effect. As we age, our facial bones become smaller resulting in lines like these appearing. Dermal filler is great for filling in these lines making them less prominent.


As you age you lose an amount of subcutaneous fat which can result in a loss of volume and elasticity to the face. This in turn highlights hollow cheek bones, and the presence of excess skin resulting in sunken cheeks. This can cause someone to appear gaunt and tired-looking. Dermal fillers can be injected into this area to plump out the face with natural volume and a gentle lift. This is an advanced technique and is offered at one of our specialist training days.

Lips & vermillion borderCosmetic Courses; Image showing Lip Fillere treatment before & after

A celebrity favourite and probably the most well-known use of filler. The lips can be injected with dermal filler either in the body of the lip to boost fullness or the border of the lips to increase definition. This treatment is ideal for correcting thin lips but can also help solve problems with a downward smile and the need to lengthen the mouth.

Chin augmentation

A perfect alternative to a surgical chin implant, is a non-surgical chin augmentation which is achieved with dermal fillers. Fillers will help define your jaw line and although only a temporary solution it is a great way to see what can be achieved surgically if you are unsure.

Smoker’s lines

These are the vertical lines above the lip that appear when you pout. They are mostly caused by regular lip movements but are also called smokers lines, because regular smoking means pressing the lips together.  If your lines are deep enough then they can be drastically reduced with a small amount of injectable filler to achieve a smoother appearance.

Have you heard of the lunchtime nose job? Dermal fillers can now be used to straighten out any lumps or bumps in your nose without the need for any surgical downtime. Fillers are injected into the nose to smooth out slight bumps in the bridge of the nose, or rectify a crooked line of the nose (particularly in profile view) and even cartilage irregularities at the tip of the nose all in less than 15 minutes! This is another advanced course available for those that have been practicing in dermal filler for a while.


Hands are a new use for fillers, patients have found that the use of the fillers in their face is great for concealing their real age, but then it is often their hands that give it away. Ageing hands lose volume and the skin appears thinner. Having filler injected into the skin on the back of the hands can make them appear plumper and less veiny.

So now you know your areas, let’s look at the product that we use on our training days at Cosmetic Courses:

Juvaderm®  Vycross Range

The Juvaderm® Vycross range is a smoother gel which means you get a comfortable treatment. The risk of bruising and swelling is reduced as is any discomfort as anesthetic is added into the formulation of the filler. The Vycross range provides subtle and natural outcomes due to the smoothness of the gel making it easier to inject with precision.

The Vycross range has 3 different forumulas;

Juvederm® Voluma 

Juvederm® Voluma is a much thicker hyaluronic acid gel which has been made by altering the cross-linking technique used in Ultra to create a more viscous result. Voluma can be used for recontouring and restoring the face in the case of age-related volume loss. Designed for deep volume restoration to re-contour the face in areas such as the cheek bone and chin regions.

The effects of Juvéderm® Voluma® last for approximately up to 18 months.

Juvederm® Volbella
Launched in Paris Juvederm® Volbella® is specifically designed to enhance lip volume and define lip contours, with a completely natural look and feel.  The filler has a smooth, liquid consistency for a smoother look and the addition of lidocaine anaesthetic makes the treatment even more comfortable in an otherwise uncomfortable area.

The effects of Juvederm® Volbella® last for approximately up to 12 months

Juvederm® Volift®
This revolutionary dermal filler is produced using VYCROSS™ technology. This creates an ultra-smooth gel for natural appearance with minimal swelling and bruising. It is best used for smoothing nasolabial folds and facial contours.

The effects of Juvederm® last for approximately up to 15 months.

Juvederm® Hydrate Cosmetic Courses; image showing dermal filler product Juverderm Hydrate

The Juvederm Hydrate is used to improve skin hydration and restore elasticity which is lost through ageing. It works by replacing hyaluronic acid but unlike traditional filler it acts as a hydrating agent attracting and keeping moisture within the skin to achieve that healthy natural glow. Juvéderm® Hydrate is most commonly used for very fine lines and wrinkles associated with ageing. It has also been recommended as an early treatment for crow’s feet and fine lines around the mouth.

The effects of Juvéderm® Hydrate last for approximately four to 6 months

Juvederm® Ultra is our most common dermal filler. The filler contains non-animal hyaluronic acid with the addition of 0.3% lidocaine which is a local anaesthetic to make you feel comfortable both during and after the treatment.
There are actually four different formulations for Juvéderm® ULTRA available;

Juvederm® Ultra 2 is a highly cross-linked formulation which is used for the subtle correction of medium facial lines, in particular those around the corners of the eyes and those very close to the surface of the skin. It can also be used to around the lips to enhance natural lip contour.

Juvederm® Ultra 3 Cosmetic Courses; image showing dermal filler product range Juverderm Ultra 3

Ultra 3 is another highly cross-linked formulation but is instead used for more versatility in contouring and volumising anything from moderate to medium facial lines and skin depressions, in areas such as the nasolabial folds. It can be used subtly in lips to enhance lip contour, increase volume and maintain a youthful smile.

Juvederm® Ultra 4 [image]

Ultra 4 is a highly cross-linked robust formulation used for volumising and correction of medium to deep folds and wrinkles, including adding volume in the cheeks and chin improving contour to the face.

Juvederm® Ultra SmileCosmetic Courses; image showing dermal filler product range Juverderm Smile

The newest arrival to the Juvéderm® ULTRA family the Juvéderm® Ultra Smile is based on the Ultra 3 product but it is specifically targeted for use in the lips. It works by providing fuller but softer and natural looking lips and smooths fine lines to fully enhance the mouth area for a fresh new look.

The effects of Juvéderm® Ultra Smile lasts approximately up to 18 months

If you would like to find out  more about our Advanced Dermal Filler Training Course and the product range that we use, you can call the team on 01844 390110 or email [email protected]

Cosmetic Courses; banner showing the side effects of lip filler

Here at Cosmetic Courses, we want to reassure patients considering lip filler and also provide practitioners with information and advice on the side effects of Lip Fillers

An overview of Lip Filler

Dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid which is a key molecule involved in the skin’s moisture. In Dermal fillers this is suspended in a gel. They’re mainly used by practitioners to improve the appearance of wrinkles and replace volume that has been lost due to the ageing process.

The Procedure

A topical anaesthetic (numbing cream) may be applied in advance to the area to be injected, minimising any discomfort from the injections. Using a very fine needle, a slow injection of filler is injected into the agreed area.  When treating the lip area, your lips are separated into two treatment areas – the vermillion borders and the main body of your lips. The vermillion border will give your lips definition; where as the main body will give your lips volume. This will be discussed with your practitioner beforehand so that you can gain the look that you want to achieve. Using a very fine needle, a slow injection of filler is placed into the lip to create the desired result. Sometimes a little massage is required but this depends on the depth and placement of the product we are using.

Side effects of Lip Fillers

As with any treatment, there are some risks and side effects, and not everyone will experience the same thing each time, but you need to be aware of them:

Bruising and bleeding

Depending on the type of person that you are, or are treating, there maybe some bruising, slight swelling and slight bleeding after the treatment has taken place. The swelling should subside within 24-48 hours but can last up to 2 weeks , and the bruising within 5 –10 days. The bleeding will be minor and will stop within a few minutes of treatment.

Lumps and bumps

Once you have had filler it is common for you to be able to feel the product particularly in the lip area and most noticeably on your first treatment. Filler can also sometimes rise to the surface and leave a few lumps and bumps a few days after treatment. Usually this will settle but if it doesn’t this can often be treated by gently massaging the area. However it is always best to speak with your practitioner before doing anything else.


If you are prone to cold sores and picking up infections quite quickly, having an injection to the area may trigger an attack. Keeping the lip area clean and using fresh clean towels can help to prevent an infection or cold sore from starting. If you have a cold sore or think one is on the way you should hold off from having any procedures until this has completely cleared. You should also discuss this with your practitioner as they may advise alternative treatments or products.

If you would like more information on the courses that we offer, or would like to enquire about becoming a model for us,  you can email [email protected] or call the team on 01844 390110.

Find out more about our practical lip filler training courses and our online lip filler courses here. 

Lip augmentation is back in the news, thanks to youngest Kardashian sister Kylie Jenner…

The teenage star of Keeping Up With the Kardashians has finally admitted what most of us knew already – her newly plump pout is thanks to temporary lip fillers, not lip liner after all.

The revelation didn’t go unnoticed by the British public. In the 24 hours after she confessed, UK clinics saw a huge spike in enquiries for the procedure, with some reporting a staggering 70% increase.

While people clamouring for treatment creates huge opportunities for us as aesthetic practitioners, it can also raise some interesting dilemmas.

Whenever there is massive demand for a treatment, it’s vital that we keep our wits about us.

As practitioners, we’re constantly engaged in a kind of balancing act. On the one hand, we want to give our patients the results they’re asking for. But on the other, we have to consider the results that would be best for them.

Fortunately, most of the time, these tend to be in alignment. But problems can arise when they are not. And lip augmentation is a classic example of a treatment where careful judgement is so vital. 

Age-appropriate lip augmentation

Age-inappropriate lip augmentationFull lips are attractive because they convey youth. So replacing lost volume (or adding it for younger patients with naturally thin lips) is a reliable way to give a face more youthful vigour. 

But the goal, as with any cosmetic enhancement, is to stay within the limits of what’s appropriate – particularly for a patient’s age.

Our aim with lip augmentation should always be to leave our patients with full, attractive but – crucially – age-appropriate lips.

No matter how our patients clamour for lips like Kylie Jenner, Angelina Jolie et al, we have to keep our professional integrity and be willing to say no if it won’t be right for them. 

That’s why learning the proper technique is only part of the equation when it comes to training in lip augmentation.

Bespoke lip augmentation training

Successful lip augmentation is nuanced, takes the patient’s facial features and their age into account, and has clearly defined outcomes from the beginning.

With this in mind, at Cosmetic Courses we’ve developed a bespoke training course completely devoted to lips. The intensive four-hour session focuses on age-appropriate attractiveness, covering both advanced technique and desired outcomes, based on the ‘Aurora Lip Analysis’ pioneered by our Clinical Director Adrian Richards.

During the session, you’ll learn the specific Aurora cannula technique developed by Adrian Richards, which uses a blunt cannula and only one entry point. This innovation makes it less painful for patients, with a far quicker recovery time owing to the reduced trauma and bruising.

If you have some experience of lip fillers and would like to advance your skills and become a more authoritative practitioner in this rapidly growing area of aesthetic medicine, our bespoke lip course will give you all the extra confidence you need.

For more information on our bespoke lip augmentation course, or to book a place, please contact the Cosmetic Courses team on 01844 318317 or email [email protected].

Question :

Dear Cosmetic Courses,

I did the basic course with you a while ago and wondered if you can give me some advice please.

I saw a patient recently who received Evolance in her lips a year ago from another clinic. She now has hard lumps in her lips (collagen I presume).

She asked me to add volume to her lips again and I’m not sure whether it is a good idea!

From my understanding, Juvederm will not cause further lumps, but I would appreciate your opinion.

Answer :

Thanks for your email.

Unfortunately Evolance, unlike Haluronic acid fillers, cannot not be dissolved and will absorb over time.

Overall we would advise the patient to let the Evolance absorb before injecting Juvederm.

It would be possible to inject into the areas without the lumps to improve the appearance but this would not be guaranteed to improve it and could make the situation worse.

Overall we would leave her alone if possible.

Good luck!

When you set up your own Medical Aesthetics practise, you will quickly find a Ghost that haunts you. You will particularly experience her looming shadow if you decide to offer Lip Filler treatments. But we can pretty much guarantee that her name will crop up over and over regardless. “I don’t want to end up looking like Leslie Ash!”: it is a plea from your clients that will become all-too familiar.

The Leslie Ash “Look” is certainly not high on most people’s aesthetic wish-list. You have most probably seen the recurrent pictures in the media of her now infamous “trout pout”. The unfortunate woman has been hauled over the coals as an example of Cosmetic Surgery Gone Wrong in every woman’s mag. article of that theme ever since her Lip Body treatment in 2002.

Ash originally claimed she had collagen Lip Implants to correct her disappearing top lip (an unfortunate but common side-effect of ageing) and maintain her image in the public eye. Ironically, the treatment had the opposite effect, bringing her notoriety for all the wrong reasons. Back in 2003, the actress typically told the Press that her permanently swollen, upwards-curled top lip was a terrible accident and the result of a reaction to the collagen in the implant. By 2010 she had conceded that it was not an implant at all, but an injection of liquid silicone (the same lethal cocktail responsible for the recent death of Claudia Aderotimi) which had caused the ridiculous effect.

“The Curse of Leslie Ash” is therefore that hundreds of women who would otherwise have considered lip-enhancing treatment have now been put off completely. And of those that do approach you for procedures, a large number will need reassurance that they will not leave your Clinic looking similarly over-the-top or caricatured.

In his talks to delegates attending Medical Aesthetic courses at the Cosmetic Courses National Training Centre, Mr Adrian Richards (Consultant Plastic Surgeon) is always keen to set the facts straight. For starters, there should be broader awareness of precisely which treatment Leslie Ash underwent: it seems very wrong that by initially shielding the truth, she has created mistrust and fear of both Lip Fillers and Lip Implants. Prospective clients do not realise that Dermal Fillers are not the same as the injections which she had, and can give lovely subtle enhancement to both the lip body and border (in the hands of a qualified, trained medical professional). Nor do they always understand that she did not have a Lip Implant at all and that it is therefore well worth investigating the potential of Permalip implants. In fact, Mr Richards highly recommends the Permalip implant as a method of augmenting the lip body: these implants come in a huge variety of sizes and shapes, are sculptable, safe and above all can be removed if necessary.

In contrast, Liquid Silicone injections, like Ash had injected into her lips by a plastic surgeon whilst at a friend’s house, is permanent. And as Mr Richards warns all his trainee Aesthetic Practitioners, ‘Permanent fillers cause Permanent problems’. In Leslie Ash’s case, the silicone set around the muscles in her lips and it is now impossible for surgeons to remove it.

So there you have it: of course, however silly the actress may have been, she is also incredibly unfortunate. She is certainly not alone, but possibly receives more publicity about the matter than most and will almost certainly be one of the names you come to regard as a bug-bear. Instead of getting irritated by this, however, try to see your role as educating your clients, so that others do not make the mistakes of Ash and others. With this knowledge, you can ensure that you offer only the best and most suitable treatments and therefore provide genuine reassurance that your clients will not walk out of your Treatment Room and straight into the Gossip Columns!

Lip augmentation treatment is a cosmetic procedure that is popular today among the routine cosmetic options that help women look younger. It increases the size of the lips. TheLip Augmentation upper and lower lip may be treated at the same time or one may be treated alone. On the majority of sites where patients can discuss their cosmetic procedures only 50% of the women who have had lip augmentation were happy with the results. It is a simple procedure that can have great benefits, so why do so many people regret having it?

Many plastic surgeons believe that the main cause of bad lip augmentation treatment is because the injector is inexperienced. Without thorough knowledge of the subject they tend to inject too much filler. Since it is easier to add more filler later than it is to remove excess, it is best to start with small amounts of filler and see the results.

There are different types of filler from fat to hyaluronic acid-base material such as Restylane and Juvederm. These are clear gel that is similar to what is found in the body. Fat is also a good filler because it is a permanent solution for most people. First, it needs to be harvested then injected into the lips. 30% to 50% of it grafts to the new location so it usually needs to be done twice to get the best results. Implants are permanent but sometimes are not put in the right place and end up looking lopsided. Any permanent cosmetic procedure needs to look right the first time. Otherwise, it is better to use the fillers that wear off in three to six months.

Recovery time varies. Injections take 1 to 2 recovery days but bruising and swelling may last a week. Implants and grafts take 1 to 2 recovery weeks and may be stiff for 2 to 3 months. Synthetic implants are good because they form scar tissue, so they stay in place and are never absorbed by the body, but there is the possibility of infection and rejection by the body. Fillers made from collagen taken from cadavers or cow skin can cause an allergic reaction even though the collagen is purified.

It is advisable to seriously consider whether or not lip augmentation treatment is a good idea. Even though significant complications are rare, there are risks depending on the chosen filler as well as the possibility of allergic reactions and scarring.