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13 Things You Should Know About Lip Injections

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Head physician of New York Dermatology Group, David Colbert, MD, and New York-based cosmetic and medical dermatologist, Francesca Fusco, MD, share their tips on what you should know before getting lip fillers.

  1.  You can completely erase HA fillers if you don’t like how your lips turn out for whatever reason. Due to the fact that HA is not a permanent solution, your specialist can inject hyaluronidase. This will dissolve the filler in just five minutes in the event that you are unsatisfied with the results of your lip injection.
  2. HA fillers last around four to six months. However, if you’re on the thinner side, you will most likely metabolise the formula faster and the injections won’t last as long as they would in a heavier person.
  3. You will see the results almost immediately. Your lips will be a bit swollen initially but you’ll start to see the effects of the filler pretty quickly. Allow your lips 24 hours for the swelling to calm. After the swelling subsides you will notice your filled-out lips.
  4. If done correctly, lips with injections don’t feel any different from real lips. Not even when you’re kissing.
  5. At the beginning of the procedure, it feels like a pinch and then it stings as the filler is being injected. Afterwards, your MIRA Clinic Perth specialist will massage your lips a little, ice them for 10 minutes, and then let you go about your day.
  6. You can choose to have your lips numbed beforehand with a dental nerve block or a topical anaesthetic. The specialist can numb the lip area with an injection into your gums or you can ask for a numbing cream.
  7. There’s practically zero downtime. The procedure takes about 15 to 20 minutes total and the numbing will start to wear off after about 15 minutes. You can go about your daily life afterwards but shouldn’t make any big plans (like a wedding or an important event) for at least three days in case you bruise.
  8. You shouldn’t exercise the day of the procedure. You should avoid any activity that will increase blood flow to your face, such as having a facial or getting a massage.
  9. You don’t have to go all out. You can decide which areas of your lips you’d like to focus on. If you want to have both lips done, or just the bottom lip, or even the middle of the top lip, you can fill wherever you and your specialist decide will best complement your facial features.
  10. To get your lips injected, you should only see a professional, such as a dermatologist, plastic surgeon, or nurse practitioner. To prevent having a botched lip injection, you need to see an expert who is highly experienced in administering this procedure.
  11. Ten days prior to your procedure, avoid painkillers (except Tylenol), fish oil, and vitamin E, which tend to thin the blood. Thinner blood will make the area more prone to bruising and bleeding.
  12. Some slight bruising and bleeding at the site of injection is normal and expected. The bruises normally diminish after five to seven days.
  1. If you eventually decide to stop getting injections, your lips will return to their original state. Despite what you may have heard in the past, your lips will not turn into wrinkly, saggy skin bags.