Full, pouty lips are among the most feminine facial attributes, but unfortunately, as we age, the lips begin to thin and lose their plump, luscious contours. Lip injections can help revitalize your smile, all without discomfort, downtime, or high costs. Many lip fillers are formulated with hyaluronic acid, a biocompatible compound that gives youthful skin its hydrated glow, resilience, and supple quality.
If it is your first time undergoing lip augmentation with fillers, you may have many unanswered questions. This article aims to provide the information necessary to move forward, feel empowered and educated to make the best decision possible for enhancing your smile.
While there is a lot of media coverage about the misuse of lip fillers featuring women with enlarged “duck” lips, when applied artfully, lip injections can lead to a naturally beautiful, nuanced lip appearance that compliments your features and rolls back the clock on aging.
How do I get started with lip injections?
An in-depth consultation can help to relieve anxiety and dispel misinformation about lip injections. During your consultation, you will go over your treatment plan with your practitioner, describing your aesthetic preferences and sharing photographs of results that you find appealing. The consultation is a great time to discuss the risks and benefits of lip fillers and explore your final results’ expectations.
Is there anything special I have to do before my treatment?
For 48 hours before your lip injection session, you should:
- Abstain from alcoholic beverages
- Avoid blood thinners such as aspirin or ibuprofen
- Take Arnica pills
Additionally, you should:
- Avoid makeup and perfumes the day of your procedure
- Schedule your procedure ahead of important events, so that side effects have enough time to dissipate
- Avoid lip fillers if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
What happens during my procedure?
Lip injections are virtually painless and take just minutes to perform. You may feel a mild stinging sensation during your session. Typically we use a topical numbing agent to help you remain comfortable and at ease during your procedure. After your lip injections, you can apply an ice pack to help ease any soreness.
What happens after my lip injections?
After treatment, you will want to avoid the following for the first 48 hours:
- Vigorous exercise
- Saunas, hot tubs, and steam rooms
- Tanning beds
- Prolonged exposure to the sun
- Alcoholic beverages
- Extreme facial contractions or kissing motions
- Slurping liquids through a straw
- Sleeping on your stomach
- Undergoing dental work
- Receiving a massage
- Receiving laser treatments
What can I expect from my results?
After a few weeks, any minor swelling and bruising will have disappeared entirely. Dermal fillers last a different time for each client, but the general range is four months to 12 months. Your metabolism and level of fitness may impact the duration of your results.
What is the takeaway?
Lip injections can provide tremendous satisfaction in terms of amplifying and augmenting your lip contours. This safe, easy treatment has minimal downtime and side effects. As long as the procedure is performed by an experienced, cautious injector who understands the value of subtlety, your smile will receive the benefit of a lifetime. Schedule a consultation today!