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Lips

Lifting and enhancing the lips

Beautiful lips are a naturally-expressive feature that can enhance the entire face. At Falmouth Facial Aesthetics, Dr James Willis and his team are highly experienced in plumping lips as well as improving shape, definition and contour with gold-standard dermal fillers. We balance the lips carefully with other features using our in-depth understanding of facial anatomy and physiology to create natural-looking results.*

Over time, the corners of the mouth may droop creating a sad or miserable demeanour. We can lift this area with anti-wrinkle injections to restore a radiant smile.*

*Individual results may vary.

Lip enhancement

Full, well-defined lips are the touchstone of a beautiful smile. As we age, we lose volume in the lips, the shape becomes less sharp and lipstick lines bleed into the skin surrounding the lips.

We can rejuvenate lips using a world-class resorbable dermal filler. The result lasts between 6 to 12 months after which a further treatment maintains the enhancement.

We have all seen the overdone look where lips appear clown like and out of balance with the rest of the face. We pride ourselves at Falmouth Facial Aesthetics in focusing on a natural look for your lips that emphasises the attractive features while subtly reshaping those areas that time and nature have taken away.

It is important to maintain the v-shaped Cupid’s bow in the centre of the upper lip whilst keeping the corners of the mouth razor sharp. We also maintain the ratio of the volume of the upper to lower lip of 1: 1.5. In other words, the lower lip is fuller than the upper.

Lifting the corners of the mouth

With time the corners of the mouth droop downwards. This is largely due to the pull of a muscle that runs from the corner of the mouth to the jaw line. By targeting this with anti-wrinkle injections, we can relieve the tension in this muscle and allow the corners of the mouth to return to a more youthful, elevated look.

Why choose Dr James Willis at Falmouth Facial Aesthetics

Dr James Willis is renowned for his experience and expertise in facial aesthetics. He has over 30 years experience in facial aesthetics. Injectables including anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers are his specialist area. His expertise and experience enables him to perform advanced procedures with skill and dexterity based on an in-depth understanding of facial anatomy and the ageing process.

Dr James Willis is a member of the International Academy of Advanced Facial Aesthetics and is on the government-approved register, Treatments You Can Trust. He has published numerous scientific papers and trains other medical professionals on the use of anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers and other facial aesthetic treatments.

Coastal location

Falmouth Facial Aesthetics is located in the beautiful coastal town of Falmouth. As one of the South West’s leading cultural destinations, it has of host of stunning beaches, coastal walks and local attractions. It’s a perfect setting for a one-to-one complimentary consultation with Dr James Willis and treatment in a relaxed, calm environment.

Dr James Willis’s other clinic in Totnes was twice awarded the accolade for the top clinic in Europe and the UK for customer service and product knowledge.

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  1. Over 30 years’ experience in facial aesthetics
  2. Free one-to-one consultation
  3. Dr James Willis is a member of the International Academy of Advanced Facial Aesthetics
  4. Trains other medical professionals in anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers and other facial aesthetic treatments

*Individual results may vary.

Your questions answered

What are anti-wrinkle injections?

Anti-wrinkle injections are made from a protein that occurs naturally in bacterium. It relaxes facial muscles by interacting with nerve endings to prevent the release of the compound that triggers muscle contractions. This can help to soften fine lines and wrinkles. It can also be used to lift the corners of the mouth if they have drooped.*

How long does the treatment take with Dr James Willis?

Your initial complimentary consultation with Dr James Willis is open ended but usually takes about half an hour. The actual anti-wrinkle injection treatment often takes less than 10 minutes.

If you’re a new client, we will usually invite you to return for a review after 2 weeks.

What improvements will I see after treatment?

It will take around 5 days to begin to see results such as wrinkles appearing softer and less obvious in treated areas. Your face will look younger and more relaxed. Improvements optimise after about a fortnight.*

How long will results last?

The effects of your treatment should last between 3 to 6 months, depending on your individual response. You may then need a top-up treatment. Subsequent treatments tend to last longer. Dr James Willis will talk through this during your free consultation.

Is the treatment painful?

No. The medication is injected in very small doses with an ultra-fine needle. It is mildly uncomfortable and doesn’t need any anaesthetic. However, some clients ask us to use a topical anaesthetic (numbing cream) such as Emla cream. Dr James Willis is happy to do this if you prefer.

Will it leave my face frozen and without expression?

No. We assess the optimum dose to produce a relaxed soft appearance but you will still have facial expression and movement.

Are there any side effects?

Generally, no. Some clients experience slight bruising or swelling immediately after treatment. We will discuss this in detail with you at the time of your consultation.

Is there anything that I should or shouldn’t do after anti-wrinkle injection treatment?

You should avoid touching the treated area for a few hours. You will need to keep upright immediately after treatment and it is helpful to exercise the treated muscles during the first few hours. The dos and don’ts will be explained in detail during your assessment.

Can Dr James Willis combine anti-wrinkle injections and dermal-filler treatments?

Yes. Dr James Willis often provides an integrated treatment plan combining the 2 treatments. He will talk through the potential options during your consultation.

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are gels made from hyaluronic acid (a naturally-occurring substance that helps to maintain healthy skin). When injected they can help to replace lost volume, add contour and definition, smooth lines and wrinkles and restore a more youthful look. They are also used for natural-looking lip enhancement*

What happens to the dermal filler after it’s been injected?

Over time, the dermal filler will break down naturally and be reabsorbed by the body.

Which areas can Dr James Willis treat with dermal fillers?

This versatile treatment can be used for the following:

  1. Nose-to-mouth lines
  2. Lip contour and volume for plumper lips
  3. Marionette lines (from the corners of the mouth to the chin)
  4. Enhancing the cheeks
  5. Deeper glabella (frown) and forehead lines
  6. Crow’s feet around the eyes.
  7. Jawline refining
  8. Nose reshaping

How long does the treatment take?

It takes about 20 minutes depending on the area being treated.

What results will I see immediately after my dermal filler treatment?

The result is immediate. Your skin will appear younger and smoother.

How long will the results last?

Results may last for 6 to 12 months for lip enhancement. Subsequent treatments tend to last a little longer.* Dr James Willis will talk through this during your free consultation.

Is the treatment painful?

No, Dr James Willis is an expert in gentle injecting techniques. Some dermal fillers contain anaesthetic to reduce discomfort further still. For dermal-filler treatment around the lips and mouth, we tend to use local anaesthetic to completely numb the area. This is the same feeling that you would have with a dental anaesthetic.

Are there any side effects?

Initially, there is a little redness and swelling that usually subsides after 12 hours. You may experience some bruising, which subsides over time. These side effects are all quite normal.

What about ‘trout pout’?

A well-known celebrity experienced a much-publicised mishap following a lip procedure. To her absolute credit she made a television documentary to highlight her plight. So what happened? As she readily admits she made 3 mistakes. Firstly, she didn’t check the credentials of her practitioner. Secondly, she chose a permanent not a resorbable product. Thirdly, she was allergic to the product used
*Individual results may vary.

What our clients say

  • “I love my lips and can’t stop looking at them! They’ve always been on the thinner side so it’s wonderful to have a fuller look.”

    Kirsty Thomas

  • “My mouth had lost definition and the corners had a definite downturn that made me look constantly fed up. Dr Willis used a small amount of dermal filler to plump and contour the outline of my lips as well as micro anti-wrinkle injections to lift the corners. The results are brilliant – I’ve certainly got something to smile about now.”

    Lisa Carnell

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