Lip injections using Hyaluronic Acid are considered a cosmetic procedure which can ultimately achieve fuller lips. The most commonly used method is using an hyaluronic acid filler to increase the overall volume or change the shape of your lips along with anaesthetic to reduce pain and discomfort.
Here are 5 important things to know before making your first lip filler appointment:
What are lip fillers?
There are various different types of fillers that are used for facial enhancements, however here we’re focusing on Lip Fillers in particular. The most common type of Lip Fillers used today are generally made from Hyaluronic Acid Gel. The most common brands of Lip Fillers in Australia is Restalyne and Juvederm, which are names that you have probably heard of throughout your research. Lip Fillers are positioned into the lips with a series of tiny injections and they work by drawing fluid to the treated area, which makes the lips fuller and shapelier. Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring substance in our skin, eyes and joints and is also a common ingredient in skincare products.
How long do they last?
Depending on the brand of Hyaluronic Acid filler used, the effects can last anywhere from six months to two years where the Hyaluronic Acid is naturally absorbed by the body via the blood stream. According to Arthur Perry in “Straight Talk about Cosmetic Surgery,” a product’s absorption depends on the size of its molecules. He notes that Hyaluronic Acid is made of larger molecules, therefore is not able to be absorbed by the skin itself and is instead naturally absorbed overtime by the body.
Are they safe?
Lip fillers are a cosmetic treatment, therefore there is always a possibility of complications such as infection, allergic reaction or unsatisfactory results. It is very important to research the injector thoroughly to ensure they are a qualified professional injector. Normal side-affects include redness, swelling, bruising, minor bleeding and some short-term pain.
Are lip fillers painful?
While the treatment can be painful for some, others do not experience much discomfort at all. If you are very sensitive to pain, the procedure doesn’t have to be a painful experience. There are multiple anaesthetic options available including gels, creams and local anaesthetic injections which can make the procedure much more comfortable. Some pain and swelling after the procedure is normal however over the counter pain medication such as Panadol can assist with this discomfort. The pain level also depends on your doctor’s technique and experience.
How to choose an injector?
Always do your research! Never visit a cosmetic clinic without first doing as much research as you can. Start by checking out the google reviews, Facebook reviews and reviews on My BeautyBook. Check our their social media and look for a steady stream of before and afters and regular posting. If you see any negative reviews, steer clear! Research the history of the clinic, making sure that they are established in the industry and study their website with a critical eye. Try calling the clinic to open up a dialogue and ensure that the receptionist is helpful, professional and answers all of your questions. Ask how long the injector has been at the facility and if they can send you any information about the clinic and the process. Word of mouth is powerful tool, so above all speak to people who have had this procedure and ask for their recommendations. Choosing the right injector for you is imperative to your experience and result, ensure that during your consultation, the injector is sensitive to your concerns and their ‘aesthetic sense’ is in line with yours. The injector should have real before and after photos to show you as a reference and it may be helpful to also bring your own.
Despite the dramatic increase of popularity in recent years, Lip Filler are still a cosmetic procedure and the risks are real. Take the time to choose a qualified professional injector to ensure the best possible results.
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