Try to define beauty, and symmetry is the first to come to mind. However, to attain symmetry is simply not enough. A harmonious, balanced proportion between the features is what influences our perception of a beautiful face. With the natural aging process, the proportions of the face often change. Facial fat loss, gravity, and bone loss lead to changes in the dimensions and contour of our features. Part of that aging process also includes our lips. Often, we observe our lips gradually get thinner, more flattened, and just overall deflated. We can use lip filler injections with hyaluronic acid to highlight and rejuvenate lips and give a very gratifying and natural result.
Why get a lip filler?
Lip injections with filler is a cosmetic procedure done in the office by a qualified injector. When done properly, it has the power to give you a fuller, better-defined luscious pout. Although the focus can often be entirely on enhancing the lips, the use of lip filler will also improve the overall look of the face by increasing the volume, rehydrating, and minimize unwanted wrinkles around the mouth.
Individuals who choose lip filler injections notice an instantaneous improvement in their overall appearance. We often hear how much this procedure helps our clients feel more comfortable in their skin, as well as improves their self-confidence in their daily life.
What is the lip filler?
There are numerous brands and categories of fillers, however, only certain forms are intended for lip injections. Fillers used in the lip area are made with hyaluronic acid, a substance normally found in our body. Its main role is to retain water and keep your tissues well lubricated and moist. Just like collagen and elastin, the amount of naturally occurring hyaluronic acid in our bodies decreases due to age and sun exposure. In fillers, hyaluronic acid is bound in a gel-like delivery system that holds it in place at the site it is injected. Once injected in a specific area, the hyaluronic acid creates volume by attracting water and producing a filling effect. Sounds pretty straightforward right?
What precautions to take before lip injections?
Given that lip hyaluronic filler injections are a medical procedure, safety should always be top priority. Although this outpatient procedure performed by physicians is becoming more common and popular, it doesn’t mean it’s risk-free.
The most concerning risk for any type of lip filler injections is necrosis. This is a very rare complication, however, anyone considering injections should be well aware it can happen. It’s imperative, therefore, to find a well-qualified and well-trained professional ready and able to deal with a complication if it arises.
Fortunately, most potential side effects from lip filler injections are mild and temporary. Common risks associated with the procedure can include bruising, swelling, and lumpiness, but those are brief and typically only last few hours to few days.
The hyaluronic acid is injected using very fine needles, and the procedure doesn’t usually last more than 45 minutes. Discomfort is minimized with topical and injectable anesthetic and most clients feel quite comfortable during the procedure. We suggest the use of therapies such as arnica or ice for bruising and swelling.
How long do the results last?
Before making an appointment for lip filler injections, it’s important to have clear and realistic expectations for results. The plump and lush results last for about 6-9 months in the vast majority of cases. Duration largely depends on a client’s skin type and the speed in which our body absorbs hyaluronic acid. By 9-12 months, the hyaluronic acid is mostly reabsorbed and your lips regress to their original structure and shape. The process is gradual, and you can schedule another session when you feel it’s time. Generally speaking, most patients schedule the next lip filler session after approximately 6 months.
Most people are good candidates for lip filler injections, but it is not for everyone. We must realize that this procedure does alter one’s appearance. No matter how subtle, it’s still a chance. It’s a subtle transformation, and if you want it, by all means, get it, but remember you alone are enough.
Tip and tricks to make the most out of your lip filler procedure.
* Don’t massage the lips or the face for a few days after the procedure was performed; otherwise, you risk the migration of the hyaluronic acid and a change in the shape of the lips.
Keep your head elevated (even when you sleep) to avoid excessive swelling after getting the lip filler.
Make sure to keep hydrated (drink water and use a moisturizer).
Avoid physical contact sports for at least a few weeks after getting a lip filler.
Use an SPF lip balm during the warm months of the year.
Don’t schedule important social events in the two weeks following a lip filler session.
Do not ingest alcohol or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen at least 2 days before the procedure to minimize bruising.
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