Over the past few years, lip injections have quickly become one of the most popular cosmetic treatments. The urgency for full, beautiful lips has some people undergoing the procedure while remaining uneducated about the preparation and process of receiving these injections. Not to worry, we’ve highlighted some of the main things you should know before you decide that this lip treatment is right for you.
What Are Lip Fillers Made of?
Majority of lip fillers are made of collagen or hyaluronic acid (HA). Collagen is used to plump lips and hyaluronic acid plumps lips, while directly trapping water in the lips for a natural looking pout. These ingredients are used to increase the volume and size of your lips.
What is the Most Common/Best Brand of Lip Filler?
Clients are most satisfied when using Juvederm and Teosyal Kiss for their lip fillers. It’s important to research these before you choose which option is best for you. Sometimes, people don’t realize that there are several types of fillers within each brand, with different properties. If you’re interested in Juvederm for example, 2 options people commonly choose from are Juvederm Volbella for very subtle lips or Juvederm Volift for a more noticeable, but still natural enhancement.
Decide How Much Lip Filler You Will Need
If you have very think lips and want to achieve a very full but natural look, you should do this over a few sessions. It may be more expensive, but you will likely regret over filling your lips. Plus, filling your lips in stages will significantly improve their shape and size and because they are one of the focal points of your face, you will want them done right. Many times, when people first get their lips done they don’t notice much of a difference. If you’re looking to have a noticeable difference, make your doctor aware beforehand so they know exactly what to do.
Prepare Before Your Appointment
The week before our appointment, refrain from taking aspirin, anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen or aleve, fish oil, multivitamins or vitamin E. These vitamins or medications will thin your blood and potentially cause major bruising after your appointment. Avoid caffeine and alcohol for 24 hours before and after your appointment to reduce swelling. Also, if you can handle the pain, try your best to refrain from using numbing cream for the procedure. Numbing cream adds to the swelling, which will make it harder for you to see what the filler really looks like once the procedure is done. If you’re prone to cold sores, ensure you take medication 3 days prior to your treatment to avoid a reaction.
Are they Long Lasting?
Lip injections are long lasting; however, it varies on the substance used and the age of the patient. Most clients top up every 4-6 months to maintain the desired size.
Once you get the injections, you will notice volume in your lips right away. However, they may experience some swelling directly after the procedure. If you apply some ice, after 24 hours the swelling will have settled. Swelling can last for up to 3 days until you see the final result.
What Happens if There’s Any Errors During the Procedure
If you’re worried there will be a mistake during your procedure, the advantage of fillers with hyaluronic acid is that they can be removed with an enzyme called hyaluronidase and will be quickly corrected. There’s a 1-3% chance you may be allergic to lip fillers, but this is extremely rare with ones that contain hyaluronic acid. It’s possible that you may experience some bumpy areas where the filler was injected, but that’s just a sign that the filler is too close to the surface. This usually goes away and can easily be corrected. Consult your surgeon if its serious, otherwise all you need to do is gently massage your lips with lip balm and it will go away.
Do your research and take all the right precautions to ensure a beautiful result. Dr. Boulos has years of experience satisfying her clients with the beautiful lips they desire. Book a consultation today!