So, you’ve heard people talking about them, seen celebrities try them and even influencers on Instagram reviewing them. You like how they make someone look and you’ve decided to try them out. We’re talking about lip augmentation with fillers – but how much do you really know about them, and what should you expect? Before embarking on any cosmetic procedure it is good to first do some research on your own.
What are lip fillers?
Fillers – which most Plastic Surgeons and Dermatologists recommend – are made from Hyaluronic Acid (HA) which is a naturally occurring substance in the body. Good lip fillers add temporary definition and volume into lips. They are not permanent and last about 3 months to 1 year.
There are various HA fillers for lips which are similar in composition but with slight variations in density and longevity. These factors can determine when and how they are used. Here’s a quick breakdown of some of them:
- Restylane Silk. This is best for subtle enhancements.
- Restylane and Restylane-L. Adds all-over volume but Restylane-L is mixed with lidocaine which prevents pain.
- Juvederm Ultra XC. It is best for a plush, pillowy effect.
- Juvederm Volbella XC. It is best used for defining the lip line and can also treat fine lines around the mouth. It is also used for a very natural look.
Many experienced Plastic surgeons or Dermatologists layer and mix different types of fillers so as to achieve the best results. For instance, the Dermatologist can use a heavier filler like Restylane in the middle of the lips for a fullness effect then a thin filler such as Restylane Silk at the corners for slight definition. Also, lip contours are usually performed by the thinner fillers so as to create a natural outline.
A consultation is important
Just because they are lip fillers that doesn’t mean that the procedure should be taken lightly. A doctor’s assessment and prescription is required for lip fillers , so a consultation is important. During the consultation, the injecting doctor will discuss the best course for treatment and set expectations. Your injector should be upfront with you on whether the result you want is achievable and how many treatments you may require to achieve it. As you discuss your lip goals, keep in mind realistic expectations.
Before settling for a particular injector, you should look at their before and after photos and make sure they are a Board-Certified Physician. Some injectors have a great eye for what can be the best technique to treat you. They are kept up to date with the latest techniques and have comprehensive training with lip fillers.
Preparing for the treatment
About 3 days before the treatment, you should avoid blood thinners as well as pain killers, vitamin E and fish oil. Discuss with your injector during the consultation if you have a history with cold sores as you may need to take preventive medication. Following pre and post-care treatment instructions from your injector is also important to achieve optimal results.
The treatment itself should take between 15-30 minutes but it may be longer if other areas such as cheeks are treated at the same time. Usually, topical numbing cream is used for about 20-30 minutes prior to the injection. You will likely feel a slight pinch and pressure or a stinging sensation as the filler is being injected. Pain during the injection can vary by individual. Slight bruising and bleeding can occur at the site of the injections, but this will fade.
The Results and Recovery
The results of your treatment are visible almost immediately but you also have to understand that your lips will be swollen. The degree of swelling varies from person to person. It is recommended to do the following in order to reduce the swelling:
- After the treatment, ice your lips intermittently that day.
- Avoid exercise or strenuous activities for at least 24 hours.
- Slightly elevate your head when sleeping.
- Do not take a hot shower on the evening of the injection.
During the recovery, it is normal to expect some slight unevenness and minor bruising but once the swelling goes down you will see the final results of the treatment. Your lips will feel firm within the first 48 hours due to a combination of the filler and swelling but they gradually soften in about 2 weeks. You will be advised on how and when to massage your lips, but sometimes you may be asked not to massage them at all.
If you end up liking the results, you can maintain them with touch-ups every three months to a year. Factors like lifestyle and filler consistency can affect longevity. For instance, with patients who are more physically active, their filler can dissolve faster than those who are sedentary. If you end up not liking the results, your doctor can dissolve the filler by injecting the lips with the hyaluronidase enzyme. Most reputable doctors do this for free.
Book your appointment for a consultation
Would you like to understand what options are available for Lip fillers in Dubai? Meet one of our experts at Al Shunnar Plastic Surgery for a personal consultation to develop a tailor made plan for you. Contact us or Book an appointment and our patient care coordinators will identify the most suitable expert for you.