Lip fillers are injections that give the lips a more plump and full appearance. They're more generally called dermal fillers! We use a injectable hyaluronic acid (HA) which is a type of temporary dermal filler. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally through out the body, with the highest concentrations in the joints, eyes, and skin. In the skin hyaluronic acid attracts water, which allows the skin to become more hydrated. As we age, the fat, muscles, bone, and skin in our face begins to thin. This loss of volume leads to either a sunken or sagging appearance of the face, fine lines, wrinkles, folds, and thin lips. Injectable HA is used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, facial folds, and to create structure, framework, and volume to the face and lips. The effects of injectable hyaluronic acid are seen immediately. Sometimes esthetic care professionals use lip Botox for a similar effect, but that's not considered a dermal filler.
The lip filler procedure takes just a few minutes and is minimally invasive (5-10 minutes). We numb your lips for 10 min prior the treatment, with medical grade numbing cream. But the procedure is not permanent, and you'll need to get future injections to maintain the lip fullness the filler creates. You may have swelling or tenderness and bruising after the procedure, though the side effects should be minor. Aftercare for lip fillers is manageable. If you're unsure whether the procedure is right for you, it helps to be aware of what to expect during aftercare.
1. If you have bruising at the injection site, it may help to apply aloe vera, vitamin K, or arnica creams,
It's recommended to check with your healthcare professional before using these.
2. Apply ice to your lips afterward using an ice pack or an ice cube covered in a thin cloth (so it doesn't
stick to the lip and cause pain). This will help ease swelling, itching, bruising, and any other pain.
3. Avoid strenuous exercise for 24 to 48 hours after you get lip or any other dermal fillers. Elevated blood
pressure and heart rate from exercise may make swelling or bruising worse. It's fine to engage in light
activity, like walking.
4. Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water will help your body heal.
5. Eat plenty of hydrating fruits and vegetables and try to avoid excess sodium, which may worsen