Everything You Need to Know Before Getting Lip Injections

Lip injections have become a very common cosmetic procedure in recent years, so you might be asking yourself whether you should give them a try.

Not only are lip injections minimally invasive, but they produce effective results that are tailored to your preferences and the anatomy of your face.

If you are considering getting lip injections or just want to know more about the process, in this article, we will be discussing:

  • What to Know About Lip Injections
  • Types of Fillers: Juvederm, Restylane Silk
  • Risks of Getting Lip Injections

What to Know About Lip Injections

If you have been considering getting lip injections, it is important to be informed about the lip injection process.

First, avoid taking certain supplements and medications before getting your lips done. Taking blood thinners, such as aspirin, fish oil, and vitamin E, can contribute to excessive bruising after the procedure.

Second, have a clear idea of what you want to achieve with lip injections so that you can best communicate your vision with the doctor. However, it is also important to know that everyone’s facial anatomy is different, meaning that a lip shape that works on your favorite celebrity may not be easily executed on your face.

If you are unsure or reluctant about how much filler to get at your first appointment, you can choose to add filler gradually. Once you have had your initial injections, many doctors save some of the filler in the syringe so that you can add on later.

Next, you pay per syringe, and depending on the look you are trying to achieve, the price will vary. Those wanting a dramatic change may need more than one syringe and those hoping for a natural look may only need half of one syringe.

Additionally, filler fades over time, which is both a pro and con of lip injections. If you get tired of your full lips, the filler will fade over time or can be easily dissolved. However, if you want the effect to last, you should know that your plump lips will not last forever.

How lasting the fillers are, depends on the type of filler injected. However, lip injections tend to last for about six months to a year.

In terms of after-care, there is not much you need to do after the treatment. Apply an ice pack to your lips to help the swelling go down and continue to avoid aspirin and other blood thinners.

Some patients bruise heavily and others do not. It depends on the person. However, to mitigate bruising, avoid blood thinners and alcohol, and do not touch your lips right after the treatment.

Types of Fillers

There are several different types of fillers, however, the most common are hyaluronic acid fillers.

Hyaluronic acid fillers are best for adding elasticity and hydration back to the skin, as hyaluronic acid is known for its ability to draw moisture into the skin.

Additionally, hyaluronic acid fillers vary in thickness and therefore can be interchanged depending on the patient, their needs, and their skin type.

Hyaluronic acid is a sugar that is naturally found in the body and is responsible for hydrating the skin. For example, many creams and moisturizers contain hyaluronic acid because of its humectant properties, drawing in and retaining moisture in the skin.

Juvederm is a type of hyaluronic acid dermal filler that is used to plump the lips fill vertical lip lines and produce instant results.

Another type of hyaluronic acid filler is Restylane Silk, which is made of a smaller gel that is smooth and precise.

It is used to give the lips a plump look and to smooth wrinkles around the mouth and lasts about 6 months

Risks of Getting Lip Injections

Although the procedure is safe, there are a few risks when opting to get dermal fillers injected into any part of the body.

First, sometimes fillers leave behind lumps in the lips, giving a less-smooth appearance or producing an asymmetric look. However, in most cases these lumps even out over time.

Second, it is common for patients to see some bruising around the lips. This depends on where the filler is injected and the patient’s sensitivity. Some people are more susceptible to bruising than others.

Third, side effects can include redness or tenderness around the injection site as well as some bleeding from the injections.

All of this being said, it is highly uncommon to have severe complications after getting lip injections.

If you have any concerns about the potential risks of lip injections, the professionals at Laureate LA are here to help guide you through the process and answer any questions.