Know Before You Go: Lip Filler Edition

Presently one of the most popular trends in the beautification world are lip enhancements. They are a great way to add a subtle, natural enhacement to your already beautiful lips. Disclaimer: Once you start, there is a 99.9% chance you're going to be hooked! The procedure itself takes less than an hour, and results are immediate!

I want to take a few moments to talk about things you SHOULD know before you get lip filler so you can have the best experience possible!

Read below for a few tips to help you prepare for your appointment

1. Research your provider

I can’t stress this enough!!!!! Research your providers properly. It is crucial to make sure the provider you are choosing has received proper training, and is licensed as a Registered Nurse or physician with medical aesthetic training. Fillers are a sterile, medical procedure that have risks of serious complications if not injected properly. Take the time to research the clinic and injector prior to your appointment. Look at their before and after photos, and read the reviews. Certain clinics are really great at working collaboratively with their clients to give them subtle, and natural enhancements. It’s best to find a clinic with a conservative, and consistent approach. You can ALWAYS add more filler, but a gradual approach will allow you to work with your provider to tweak and tailor your treatments to your wants and needs.

2. Plan your treatment accordingly

If this is your first time getting lip fillers you should be prepared to feel self conscious after your treatment. Avoid planning a treatment prior to a big event. You should ideally give yourself about two weeks to allow your dermal filler to settle in and integrate with your tissues to begin feeling natural. While some people are okay popping in on their lunch break for their fillers, you should be aware that the numbing cream applied prior to treatment makes your lips feel large and swollen, and that numb feeling can last up to a few hours after your treatment.

The lips are an extremely vascular area - which means you should plan for the possibility of bruising. It is virtually impossible for your provider to promise no bruising as there is huge variability in the number, size and location of the arterial supply to the lips. So ensuring you have a trained and experienced provider is key!

A numbing cream will be applied prior to your treatment. In addition most/all dermal filer injections contain lidocaine, which helps to numb the area and prevent pain during the procedure.

3. Properly prepare for your treatment

Before your appointment - do your research! Have an idea of the degree of lip volume you are looking for and be sure to convey that to your practitioner. If you have any photos of your ideal lips bring them along to show your treatment provider.

About a week prior to your treatment you should stop taking any medications that thin the blood, as they can increase your risk of bruising. These can include aspirin, anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen or aleve, and vitamin E. If possible, you should also try to avoid alcohol 24 hours before your treatment.

Ensure you do not have any scheduled dental work two weeks prior and two weeks after your appointment. You should postpone your treatment if you are ill or have any signs or symptoms of infection. If you have a history of cold sores, be sure to notify your provider. They will often provide you with antivirals as a preventative measure - or you can take one of your own prior to your treatment.

4. Go Slow!

It takes your brain two weeks to adjust to your new filler! It also takes two weeks for your filler to integrate into your tissues and feel natural. Keep in mind, that while filler is able to be dissolved - the best option is to be conservative with your first treatment. You can ALWAYS add more volume if you want it down the road!

Following these simple pre-treatment steps will help you to be prepared, and have the best experience possible at your filler appointment.

Post Lip Plump

The photo above is from a good friends wedding. Take note and learn from my mistakes!! I got lip plump done the Friday before a big wedding that was on Saturday. Luckily for me - they looked great! That being said, they felt huge at the time, and I did get a bruise which I had to get the wedding make-up artist to camoflauge for me!

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