A Complete Guide to Getting Lip Fillers

Lip injections are an ever so popular procedure to getting fuller lips. If you’re looking to create some pout or add more volume, lip filler can be a great option. 

Here’s what you should know before you decide to go and get those luscious lips filled!

Know Your Options

Before getting lip injections, it is important to know exactly what you want to achieve. Lip fillers can be used to add volume, fix asymmetry, or even reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Before going to get injections, you may want to have a consultation. How many syringes are best for you and what kind of lip fillers would best meet your needs.

Fillers that are most commonly used for lips are Juvéderm Ultra Plus, Juvéderm Volbella, Restylane Kysse, and Restylane Silk

When choosing your doctor, consider their aesthetic and previous work as an important part of the decision.

Prep to Prevent Bruising

Lip fillers can create heavy bruising. Not to fret as there are some things that you can do prior to your appointment to avoid this. A popular option is to buy Arnicare, a homeopathic medicine that helps reduce bruising pain and appearance. This can be taken after getting injections and for a few days before. Avoid caffeine from any source or alcohol for at least three days before your appointment. 

Lastly, refrain from taking any over the counter or other medications that act as blood thinners such as aspirin, Motrin, Aleve, fish oil, multivitamins, and vitamin E for about a week before your appointment, as each can act as a blood-thinner and contribute to post injection bruising.

Ice Your Lips

During the injection process once can avoid bruising by simply icing. By icing the lip before injecting filler, the blood vessels in your lips will restrict,  lessening the chances of bruises.

Post procedure, icing your lips can help with swelling and bruising as well as slight pain.  Ice can be applied for 15 minutes every hour after injections as needed. 

Use a Numbing Agent

Lip injections are invasive, so they can be painful. This pain can be reduced by using a numbing agent. Speak with your doctor to see if they offer topical creams or injections during the procedure.

All hyaluronic acid products come mixed with lidocaine, but your doctor can numb the area around your lips with a dental nerve block, an injection into your gums just like a dentist would do before filling a cavity, or topical numbing cream. 

Avoid Makeup

No makeup or lip products should be applied for at least 12 hours. However, a brand-new tube of an ointment like Aquaphor Lip Repair or Arnicare Gel may be applied immediately after to aid in moisture. 

Don’t Ingest Blood Thinners Post Procedure

Like before injections, refrain from taking any over the counter or other medications that act as blood thinners such as aspirin, Motrin, Aleve, fish oil, multivitamins, and vitamin E. Limit alcohol intake, and try to stay or lay propped up for a few hours after the procedure to aid in swelling.

These tips and tricks are sure to aid in a smooth lip filler experience! What tip do you use when getting fuller lips? Drop a comment below and let us know!

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