Updated: May 29, 2021
More and more people are seeing the benefit of aesthetic services for graceful aging and in turn, "Getting work done" has lost much of the taboo that used to accompany it. While you don't have to be ready to go under the knife or spend thousands to reap the benefits; selfie-worthy, kissable lips are usually the first plunge millennials take into the world of aesthetics. This in-office procedure requires little to no downtime and will cost you much less than a Gucci handbag.
It's normal to feel nervous the first time you "get your lips done". Chances are you have a friend who has had lip filler and she keeps telling you it'll be fine but being in the chair is so different than hearing about it. We love helping our guests get the most amazing results! Here are 7 things your Injector wants you to know before you get your lips done.
1. Not all fillers are created equally.
Your friend might tell you that you HAVE to get Juvederm Ultra but the reality is that there are a few options and what may have been the best option for her, may not be the best option for you. Dermal fillers are based on hyaluronic acid. HA is a clear, gooey substance that is naturally produced by your body. Its main function is to retain water.
Each filler has different properties based on its molecular weight. It's best to talk to your provider about your goals and let them make a recommendation.
While there are no hard and fast rules, Juvederm Ultra is larger molecularly and thus provides a fuller, more youthful, pillowy pout. Volbella provides a much more subtle result and does a great job of lining the lips. There are also fillers that fall more in the middle of the two, such as Restylane Silk. Whether you want a subtle change or a dramatic result, there is a filler that is right for you.
2. Gradual is A-ok!
You may feel nervous about leaping headfirst into the deep end of lip filler. While your end goal may be a dramatic full pout, it's ok to start out in the shallow end with a subtle filler first. We can always add more later.
3. There is an undo button.
Speaking of dipping your toe in, you can rest assured that you won't be stuck with a look you don't like. While we've never had someone not love their lips, it is possible to dissolve filler. Because all our fillers are hyaluronic acid based, reversing treatment is easy, fast and can be done in the office with a product called hyaluronidase.
4. Pre and post-treatment care is minimal.
The day before your lip injections, you'll want to avoid alcohol and asprin. There is research that suggests you have an elevated chance of bruising if you don't abstain. Your injector will numb your lips for the treatment and will give you an ice pack afterward. While it may feel good to use ice for a short time after, there is no need to ice for hours on end. Your swelling will go down over the coming two days. We recommend avoiding strenuous activity in the 24 hours following treatment but typical daily activity is fine. While some patients prefer to avoid crowds until their swelling is down, others are happy to apply a little gloss and show off their new pout! Of course, face masks have made it easier than ever to hide your swelling. COVID took so much from us, we think it owes us this.
5. Some people are prone to bruising.
Simply put, it's hard to predict if you'll have bruising because everyone is different. Typically if any bruising appears, it will be minimal. Of course best practices include using ice and Arnica and avoiding alcohol and asprin/motrin.
Because everyone is different, we highly recommend getting filler done at least two weeks prior to any big event.
6. Recreating the lips you love on Instagram may take more than 1 vial.
We're inundated with images of women with really big lips on social media. If your goals are big, don't be surprised when your injector tells you that your dream lips are going to require multiple vials. Technically speaking, one vial of Juvederm Ultra contains less than a teaspoon of product. If you're looking for dramatic changes, be prepared to talk about multiple vials.
7. It doesn't last forever.
Your body will metabolize the hyaluronic acid over time. Typically we see filler last between 6 and 18 months. This range depends on you and your filler. Some bodies metabolize faster than others and some fillers are known to hold up longer. As far as making your filler last longer, there's really nothing you can do. We say, enjoy your lips, take lots of photos and call us when you're ready for more!
Summer really is the perfect time to treat yourself to a little lip love. Ready to talk results? Schedule your complimentary consultation. Lips start at just $400!