Non-surgical lip augmentation is a quick and simple way to enhance the appearance of your natural pout. With the right amount of filler and an expertly trained professional, you can achieve full, pillowy lips. If you’re thinking of getting fillers in your lips, here are 8 things you should know before having lip injections.
What Are Lip Fillers?
The most commonly used fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, which is naturally found in the skin. Hyaluronic acid can store moisture, which gives the skin a plump and hydrated look. These gel-like substances will create volume in the skin and were first used to treat facial lines and creases to decrease the signs of aging. More recently, fillers are now being used to augment and enhance other facial features, including creating a fuller pout, sharper cheekbones, a more defined jawline, and a straighter nose.
You Can Choose Where Fillers Go In Your Lips
You are in control of where to plump your pout. If there is a specific area on your lips that you want to increase in fullness, your provider can help. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to lip injections, you can choose to fill the top lip only, bottom lip alone, or to focus on the center area. Our experienced injectors at Radiance Skincare & Laser Medspa know precisely how to perform lip filler treatments, so your lips will always be symmetric and natural-looking.
Lip Injections Are a Lunchtime Treatment
Lip injections can quickly and easily be performed during your lunch break or after a day at the office. There is no required downtime with lip filler treatments. The procedure itself only takes about 20 minutes. Any areas that were numbed before injecting will start to fade after about 15 minutes. You may experience some minor bruising 3-5 days afterward, which can typically be covered up with a full-coverage lipstick.
Less Is Usually More
When it comes to fillers, less is usually more. Subtle and natural should be your desired results. Not only should any augmentation to your lips be almost undetectable to the eye, but fillers done correctly shouldn’t feel as if they’re there at all.
Hyaluronic acid integrates with the skin and forms part of the natural architecture of the skin. This process takes approximately one month. Once combined, you will not be able to feel that there is filler under the skin. It’s always possible to add additional filler later if you’d like to see a more dramatic result.
Results Happen Almost Immediately
You will have instant gratification and be able to see noticeable results almost immediately. Your lips will be a little swollen at first; however, you will see the side effects of the fillers relatively quickly. Your lips will need 24 hours to settle and for the swelling to reduce, at which point you will see your filler results as they will be for the next few months.
Don’t Stress If You Don’t Love Your Results
Not in love with your new lips? Since hyaluronic acid is not permanent, your provider can inject an enzyme called hyaluronidase to dissolve the filler quickly. It’s recommended to keep in mind that filler can take up to two weeks to fully settle. If you’re still unhappy with your results, schedule a follow-up appointment with your practitioner. In most cases, you can have the filler adjusted or dissolved altogether.
The Original Look of Your Lips Won’t Change
The original shape of your lips won’t sag after injections fade. Your lips will return to their normal state once you stop injecting. The hyaluronic acid that gets injected into your lips with filler has also been shown to regenerate even more HA production where it has been inserted. This causes your lips to stay fuller due to earlier injections if you do decide to continue treatments.
Only Trust a Licensed Professional
You should only use a licensed cosmetic professional, such as a physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or dermatologist for lip injections. Seeking out an expert who is highly experienced in lip fillers will help you to achieve the results you desire without unwanted and potentially harmful side effects.
If you’re interested in learning more about lip fillers, schedule a consultation appointment with Radiance Skincare & Laser Medspa today.