Lip fillers: know what you want

So, you’ve called your skin doctor and you’re preparing to go in for your first lip filler treatment. But first, you want to know what you can expect in terms of side effects. Will you be able to go back to work the next day? What kinds of medications should you have ready in case you experience pain after the procedure?

First things first. Before you go in, you’ll want to make sure that you have a clear idea of what you want your lips to look like after the procedure. Make sure you articulate this to your doctor, so that both of you are on the same page. What could look like a side effect to some may be the desired outcome for others.

Have thin lips? Then you’re the best candidate for the lip fillers procedure.


Side effects

Any side effects that occur as a result of the procedure are typically not too uncomfortable, and they’ll depend on how many syringes were injected, what type of product your doctor used, and the technique your doctor used to make the injections. In some cases, if something like Product J or Restylane was used, an enzyme can be used to dissolve the filler in the case of any unwanted effects cropping up.

If you want to get your lips done, know that there are some scary side effects out there. These are rare, but they include:

  • infection
  • facial nerve disorder
  • lesions
  • diabetes
  • allergic reactions  

Often, your lips will be swollen the next day, but you can still go back to work. If you work from home or don’t need to interact with people (i.e. speak a lot), you might be okay getting back to it the same day. This depends on the person. Keep in mind that you will have a bit of a duck-like look for a little while, since the swelling will push your lip up from your teeth. You can also expect the top lip to hang over the top lip.

The swelling is happening because the hyaluronic acid typically used to puff up lips is attracting water from your body to the area. The first day is when you’ll notice the swelling the most.  

Don’t take aspirin or ibuprofen to minimize swelling. These could make the bruising even worse. You’ll also definitely want to avoid massaging your lips; think of all that filler your doctor has just finished carefully placing in there (though the main reason to avoid a massage is to prevent increased swelling, as massage draws blood to the area). We’d also recommend you avoid makeup and that you take a night off drinking or smoking. You could also schedule the injections for two different times, minimizing the shock to your system by spreading out the injections. This also allows the doctor to fill in any areas he or she might have missed.

In two weeks, all signs of bruising and swelling should be gone, and you’ll be ready to take on the world.

How do you feel about the risks involved in lip fillers? Do you think the final product will be worth the money you’ll spend (most syringes cost around $500 each, and you might need more than one). Are you prepared to return every few six months or so, as your body breaks down the contents in the fillers?

If you feel prepared, you’ve done your research, and you’re ready for a little pain and swelling, then go for it. Take charge of the way you look! Seize the day.
Also checkout our dermal fillers service page for more information, before and after pictures and more. 

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