January 4, 2022 Tags: Plastic Surgery News
While medical aesthetics trends constantly evolve, lip filler is a beauty hall-of-famer. Contrary to popular belief, lip fillers have many benefits besides plumping the pout. While most younger people want lip filler to add fullness, many older patients have another motivation – they want to correct age-related volume loss and make their lips look and feel like they used to. Whatever your motivation for considering lip fillers, you’re not alone. According to plasticsurgery.org, in 2020 alone, more than 3.4 million patients in the U.S. sought soft-tissue fillers. However, just like any other procedure, it’s important to understand what lip fillers are, the benefits, and the treatment process.
Injectable fillers are one of the most popular non-invasive treatments, and having dermal filler injected in the lips and around the mouth is highly requested. There is a variety of fillers available, which makes it possible to tailor each patient’s lip filler treatment to their specific goals and concerns, whether that’s defining the lip contour, balancing lip symmetry or proportion, restoring volume, filling in lines, or adding a boost of hydration to smooth subtle cracks.
48 hours before your appointment, you should avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, taking blood thinners, and using dietary supplements, like St. John’s Wort, vitamin E, and fish oil because they soften the blood, which can lead to a higher chance of bruising and swelling.
Like any other non-surgical procedure, there are only minimal risks involved if you have a board-certified provider injecting the filler. Our expert providers at Dr. J. J. Wendel Plastic Surgery will review all risks specific to your injection with you during your consultation.
This depends on your specific facial structure and your goals, as well as what your provider deems best. Starting small is important. We’d rather you come back and say you want more than to inject too much and have to dissolve it with hyaluronidase.
Reducing swelling is key. Ice packs, arnica, vitamin K, bromelain, or any combination of these, can help heal bruising. Use gentle cleansers to wash your face for the first couple of days and avoid makeup and exercise for at least 24 hours post-treatment.
Allow up to two weeks for swelling and uneven bruising to settle down and reveal your new lips. Lip filler lasts anywhere from six to 12 months, depending on the type of filler used and patient lifestyle.
Ready to get the lips of your dreams? Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation with our expert medical aesthetics team. In the meantime, view lip filler before and afters in our medical aesthetics gallery.