Hi there Vanessa.
Thank-you very much for your enquiry. Dermal fillers have been used for lip rejuvenation for years. It’s a little difficult for me to give you answers to all your questions, as it really does depend on what you are trying to achieve. There is no “right age” for having filler. If your lips are thin and or have uneven borders or lack plumpness, then you are a good candidate for filler. A filler is made of Hyaluronic acid (HA), this is a substance that occurs naturally in our bodies. What happens when we inject a filler, is that the HA draws water into itself like a sponge, causing the area to plump and become much fuller. A filler can last from 8 to 12 months depending on how much was injected, where you inject it and the type (density) of filler you inject. With regards to how painful it is, well this is also very difficult to answer, as this will vary from person to person. I personally don’t find filler injections painful. Other people prefer putting ice or anaesthetic cream on the area to be injected beforehand, it really depends on your pain threshold. Maybe you should have a look at our website and read a bit more about fillers and have a look at our photogallery? Check out www.skinrenewal.co.za