A Short Guide to Lip Filler Injections
Celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Kylie Jenner are swooning fans and audiences around the world with their luscious lips. Let’s face it. Beautiful, full lips may never go out of style.
But, we should face the truth that not all of us are born with full, attractive lips. There is a way to achieve the lips of our dreams, though. With just one quick treatment, we can get it through dermal fillers.
A bit nerve wracking, but don’t worry. Here is a complete guide to getting lip filler treatment.
1. Make sure to follow your doctor’s pre-procedure instructions before arriving to the clinic.
- Stay away from blood thinners for around 3 days prior to a lip filler or any injectable procedure. This can cause bruising. However, even if you follow this instruction, bruises can still appear.
- No alcohol, Ibuprofen, Aspirin and fish oil intake
- Take Arnica Montana 4 times a day, around 4 days prior to the procedure. This is a natural supplement that can help in bruising and swelling reduction. You can buy this at any health good store.
- Drink plenty of water
2. Manage your expectations. Swelling and bruising are normal parts of a lip filler treatment as one of the lip surgery types.
3. Once you have finalized your decision, sit down on the chair and relax. The medical assistant or injection specialist will numb your lips using a cream. Then, it needs to be left alone for around 5 to 10 minutes. It will help ease the pain.
4. If you have any last-minute questions, never hesitate to communicate them to the injection specialist. Any special requests or specifications? If you have a photo of your “dream lips,” now is the perfect time to show it to her.
5. After discussing your requests and specifications, the numbing cream will be wiped off your lips. You will also need ice to help you feel number. Then, you’ll be ready for the filler’s syringe.
6. Stay relaxed. Breathe in, and breathe out. Usually, the injector tells the patients to take a deep breath and then exhale slowly.
7. At some point, there will be discomfort. There wouldn’t be excessive pain, though it may hurt a bit. Don’t worry, though. It will be very tolerable—the sensation usually lasts for only a few seconds.
8. Expect your lips to be swollen right after the injection. After the procedure, the injector will hand you a mirror, and will let you admire your new, picture-perfect lips. Your lips’ size would decrease for about 20 percent, once the swelling goes away completely.
9. Make sure to schedule a follow-up appointment. If you have further clarifications about the effects and look of your new lips, this is the perfect time to tell it to your doctor and injection specialist. A follow up consultation should be booked 10 to 14 days after the procedure.
10. Expert your lips to be swollen for about 3 days. On the 4th day, the swelling will gradually go away. Are there any pain or weird sensations? If there is, call the clinic immediately.
11. It will be hard to prevent bruising, so expect some bruises to appear even days after the treatment. This is very common, though. No need to panic. Just eat pineapples, and take Arnica or Bromelain supplements.