- Know what you want
Have a clear idea of what you want your results to look like. Are you looking for a little extra volume or do you want to change the shape of your lips? Do you want your top lip to be equal in size to your bottom lip or do you want the bottom lip to be bigger? Bringing in a photo of your dream lips will help your injector understand exactly what you are after.
Usually, when changing the shape of the lips or adding significant volume, several sessions are needed to reach the desired result. That’s why it’s important your injector knows what you want your end result to be so that they can inform you accurately on the number of sessions needed.
Remember, you don’t have to use the full syringe in one go. For a more gradual pace of treatment, you can save some filler in your syringe for your next appointment, to slowly add plumpness to your lips.
- Prepare in advance
Bruising is a very common and expected side effect. Post-injection bruising can last from 3 days all the way up to 2 weeks depending on the person. There are, however, ways to minimize this.
For 5 days before AND after your appointment, you should avoid any blood thinners, such as alcohol, aspirin, ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Aleve, Nuprin, Gingko Biloba, St. John’s Wort, and high doses of Vitamin E which can make bruising worse and last longer.
If you know that you are particularly prone to bruising, you can take arnica pills 3-5 times per day for 5 days as a preventative measure to reduce post-injection bruising and swelling.
If you suffer from frequent cold sores, you should take l-lysine 2000mg supplements for 2 weeks before your lip filler appointment. If you are prone to acute outbreaks, you should get a prescription of valacyclovir beforehand just in case, as an outbreak can affect your recovery time on top of causing discomfort.
- Follow the aftercare advice
Follow the aftercare instructions given by your injector. Aftercare for lip injections is minimal, but can range slightly per person. If you are unsure, you can always get your injector to write it down or send you a message. The general aftercare advice is:
- Avoid heavy exercise for 48 hours
- Apply an ice pack covered in a thin cloth to reduce swelling
- Avoid high temperatures for 1 week as it makes swelling worse
- Avoid makeup on your lips for 24 hours
- You can take paracetamol if needed
- Avoid blood thinners (alcohol, aspirin, ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Aleve, Nuprin, Gingko Biloba, St. John’s Wort, high doses of Vitamin E)
- Filler isn’t permanent
Dermals fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, which is naturally occuring in the body. It’s absorbed by the body, which is why they are not permanent. Lip filler can last anywhere from 3-18 months depending on the type of filler used, the person, and their lifestyle.
Several factors can affect how long your filler lasts. People often find that their filler wears off quicker the first or second time, and then lasts longer. Some factors which can speed up filler being absorbed by the body are:
- Too much exposure to UV rays
- Working out
- Chronic stress
- Poor nutrition
- It’s completely reversible.
One of the issues with lip filler in the past is that it wasn’t dissolvable. This is because silicone was used. Although silicone injections have been out of use (and illegal) since 1992, some people still don’t realise that the filler used today (hyaluronic acid) is easily reversible, naturally occuring, and biocompatible with the body.
If you want to get rid of your filler or ‘wipe the slate clean’ before your next top up, you can dissolve all of your filler rapidly using the enzyme hyaluronidase. When hyaluronidase is injected, it immediately starts dissolving the hyaluronic acid filler, and the full result can be seen in just 24 hours after your appointment.