People are getting lip injections more than ever before. This is in part due to social media influencers and celebrities. People are becoming more and more interested in improving their appearance for their own social presence. Lip injections offer a way to make your lips look fuller and more attractive. However, there are some things you should know before plumping your lips. In this article, we will discuss what you can expect before and after the procedure, as well as the different types of injections and their side effects.

What Are Lip Injections

Lip injections are a type of cosmetic procedure that involves injecting filler material into the lips in order to make them fuller and more voluptuous. There are a variety of different types of lip injections, each with its own set of risks and benefits. Some of the most popular types of lip injections include:

  • Restylane: This is a hyaluronic acid filler that is used to add volume and definition to the lips. It is one of the most popular types of lip injections because it is relatively safe and has few side effects.
  • Juvederm: This is another type of hyaluronic acid filler that is used to add volume and definition to the lips. It is also relatively safe and has few side effects.
  • Sculptra: This is a filler that is made from poly-L-lactic acid. It adds volume to the lips but can take several days to take effect.

What To Consider When Getting Lip Fillers

The most important step to take when it comes to lip fillers is consulting with a professional board-certified plastic surgeon.

Although receiving a small injection may not seem like a large undertaking, big complications can arise if the right precautions are not taken. You only have one face, and as your face is one of the first things people notice during an interaction, you want to make sure you’re putting your best look forward every time.

Expect Gradual Results

Most patients who have experienced lip injections notice a subtle difference in their appearance.  Increasing lip size gradually over time is most often recommended by professionals. Although this decision is made based on patient expectations and desires, a gradual increase will also help the patient get used to their new look as well.

When lips are filled too quickly, the filler can “migrate” out of the designated area and cross the vermillion border. This is the red part of the lip and any migrated filler outside of it will look unnatural.

Additionally, if you ever notice the filler migrates or seems as if it’s moving outside of your lip area, talk to your doctor as soon as possible.

Type of Lip Filler

The type of filler your plastic surgeon chooses to use can impact longevity and outcome. Many choose to use temporary fillers with hyaluronic acid (HA) such as Juvederm. Fillers with hyaluronic acid have also been proven to jumpstart more HA production at the injection site, causing the lips to remain plumper on their own as well.

Different lip fillers also have different lifespans and weights. Some fillers will be harder with more projection, while others are thinner and softer. Therefore, it’s extremely important to discuss the type of filler that will be used during your lip injection consultation.

Injection Pain

As with any plastic surgery or aesthetic treatment, there will be some amount of pain. Some bleeding and bruising can occur, but will often fade within a few days. Medicine can also be taken to lessen the feeling. Taking oral arnica or applying topically can help relieve bruising and pain.

You may also be given numbing medicine to help ease the pain. If you feel too uncomfortable during the injection process, speak up and let your plastic surgeon know right away.

Return To a Natural State

Most fillers last around six months before needing a touch-up. In most cases, the effects of lip fillers lasts between six and 12 months, depending on how your body metabolizes the product. This can be seen as an upside for some patients though because the injection is not permanent. Stopping future injections will eventually cause your lips to return to their natural appearance, or close to it. It is important to note, that while product labels recommend touch-ups every 6 months or longer, that doesn’t mean the product has left your body. Product will flatten or move over time, so the recommendation is based on keeping the results you desire. Every so often, it is recommended to dissolve the old filler to avoid migration and puffy-looking features.

After Lip Injections

Although it may seem like a pain to take time off from work or social engagements after getting lip fillers, there is actually a good reason for this aspect of the procedure: swelling. You should gradually expect swelling after injections, lasting anywhere from a few hours to a full day or longer. Bruising can last weeks in some cases. After lip injections, be aware that others may notice. Consider taking the day off of work to ice your lips to reduce swelling.

How to Prepare for Getting Lip Injections

When preparing for getting lip injections, it is important to avoid drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes. Both of these activities can increase the risk of bruising and swelling after the procedure. It is also recommended to avoid eating fatty foods, as this can also lead to an increased risk of bruising. Some people report great results with taking arnica supplements right before the treatment and right after. Arnica helps reduce swelling and bruising.

Logistics About Lip Fillers

Lip injections can be done in a doctor’s office and the procedure only takes about ten minutes. There is minimal downtime and you should see results immediately after receiving your treatment. You might experience some swelling or bruising that lasts for a few days, but it is best to avoid working out and strenuous activity afterward. You will also need to stay upright for 4 hours after the treatment and refrain from drinking out of a straw for 2 weeks. This is to ensure the filler isn’t pushed into an area it isn’t meant to be.

Schedule a Consultation

By knowing what to expect, you can make an informed decision about whether or not getting lip fillers is right for you. The board-certified staff at The Lett Center in Mt. Juliet and Lebanon, Tennessee can help you get the lips you are dreaming about. Give us a call and schedule an appointment!