Getting Your Game Face On: 7 Things You Should Consider Before Getting Lip Fillers

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Last Updated on May 9, 2024 by Steal the Style

Lip fillers are the hottest beauty trend lately. We’ve all seen Instagram models with the perfectly sculpted cupid’s bow, and the actresses on the red carpet with the lavish lips.

Interested in achieving the plumped lip look? Lip injections may seem like a non-invasive procedure but any medical operation leaves room for error.

To accomplish your dream look, you’re going to want to do as much research as possible. Keep reading below to learn seven things you should consider before getting lip injections.

1. Research, Research, Research

A lot of beauty guru’s note they wish the research their lip injection doctor more before getting their fillers done. We can learn from their mistakes and put extra emphasize on researching this.

Now, you can equate the price with quality but this isn’t always the case. Make sure to read the personal reviews of whatever doctor you consider.

These reviews will let you know not only the doctor’s results but whether the doctor was personable and helpful in finding the right kind of lip injections are right for the look you want to achieve.

Another key point to research when considering lip fillers are what kind of filler will work best for the look you are hoping to meet? A good doctor will help you figure out what kind of filler will work best for you.

2. Let’s Talk Lip Fillers

You might be thinking collagen is your only option, but it’s not! Lip filler options are vast nowadays and each filler can achieve something different. Collagen lip injections don’t last nearly as long as fillers like Juvederm or Restylane.

Also, 1-3% of people report having an allergic reaction to collagen fillers while an allergic reaction occurring from hyaluronic acid fillers like, Juvederm.

You can even choose how much lip filler you would like to inject prior to your appointment.

People who are looking for a more natural plump typically use about half a syringe (or .5 ml) while those looking for a more dramatic lip will use the entire 1 ml syringe.

You’re probably wondering how much lip injections cost since you’ll be deciding on how much filler to use. The average syringe costs from $200-$450USD per ml. This isn’t a procedure you want to be cheap with.

You will be paying for quality, and those picture-worthy lips aren’t cheap!

3. Prep Before Your Appointment

Knowing what you want to achieve is the biggest prep you should do before your procedure. Communicate with your doctor what your desired outcome is, and choose your filler options before your appointment.

You should also avoid alcohol 3-4 days before your injections. Drinking alcohol before your appointment will increase your chance of bleeding and swelling.

Doctors also recommend staying away from taking blood thinners like Motrin, Aspirin, Tylenol; vitamins like Fish Oil, Vitamin E, and multivitamins at least a week before your appointment.

These substances can also contribute to bleeding and bruising post-injections.

A lot of people recommend not using the numbing cream if you think you can handle the pain. The numbing cream will naturally plump your lips and can cause extra swelling, skewing your results.

So, it’s good to decide whether you are looking for instant results or have time to wait for swelling to die down, before your appointment.

4. Less Is More

Many doctors recommend going slow when it comes to lip injections.

It’s proven that using relatively smaller amounts of filler over two or three sessions will help your lips maintain their natural shape while still enhancing their thickness. This will help you avoid the duck-lipped shape.

Plus, you don’t want to overfill your lips and be unhappy with the results. It’s better to underfill, especially when it’s your first procedure because you can always go back for more.

5. What To Expect During Aftercare

Since lip injections are a non-invasive procedure you can return to your regular life pretty quickly post-op. Doctors will typically ice a patient’s lips directly after the procedure and tell them to continue using it if sore.

The only things you should really avoid after your lip fillers are Aspirin and touching your lips. Touching your lips too soon after your procedure will move the filler and leave you with undesirable results.

It’s hard to determine how much bruising will occur post-op. Bruising should stay a minimum if you follow your doctor’s instructions, but, everybody is different.

It’s recommended to sleep “quasi-vertical” after your procedure. This will help reduce swelling the next day.

6. Fillers Don’t Last Forever

Unfortunately, the filler doesn’t last forever, it depends on the formula you use but lip injections typically last for about 6 months- a year. If you like your initial result it’s best to make an appointment every 6 months!

7. Unhappy With The Results?

One of the nice things about lip injections is that they don’t last forever so if you’re unhappy with the results, they won’t last forever. If you really hate your results you can even reverse the procedure.

You can dissolve the hyaluronic acid lip injections such as Juvederm, or Restylane with a hyaluronidase quickly and safely.

Achieving Your Dream Lips

Beauty techniques have greatly changed over the decades, mostly for the better. Modern beauty trends today may seem much more invasive, but they allow you to do a lot less work in the long run.

Imagine what you could do with the time we spend on plumping, lining, and coloring our lips if you could spend that time on something else, what would you do?

Lip fillers are a non-invasive procedure with minimal aftercare. With a little research and the help of a respected doctor, you’ll be able to achieve your dream lips.

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