10 Things You Need To Know About Lip Fillers
It can be a minefield out there. Not only is there a LOT of rubbish information floating about on the internet, but there are far too many undertrained and unregulated practitioners looking to make a quick buck from people who really don’t know what to look out for when considering lip filler treatments. So, we’ve put together this guide of 10 Things You Need To Know About Lip Fillers before you go under the needle!
1:Is your lip filler practitioner medically qualified?
Choosing a medically certified practitioner is critical no matter what treatment you’re getting, but especially when something is being injected into your body!
Make sure you’re in safe hands with your practitioner, look at their qualifications, experience, and reviews. There have been far too many reports recently of botched lip injections performed by unqualified individuals. Don’t be fooled by low-cost salon services; if you’re going to get it done, it should be done by an expert. You can’t hide a trout pout!
2: Are lip fillers safe?
Hyaluronic acid fillers that we use are FDA-approved and very safe when administered by a medically skilled practitioner. If you have any problems with your lip fillers, speak with your practitioner, who will be able to provide you with the best advice. If necessary, HA fillers can be dissolved with a substance called Hyalase.7
The treatment’s safety will be influenced by your practitioner’s skill, level of training, and medical background. If they come from a medical background, they will have a far better understanding of facial anatomy and will know where it’s safe to inject. In the wrong hands, lip augmentation can result in lip infections, haematoma formation and in the worst cases, vascular occlusions that can cause the lip tissue to die. It’s vital to note that dermal fillers are not regulated in the United Kingdom, which means that anyone can pick up a syringe and get some questionable filler from the internet – very scary!
3: How soon do you see lip filler results?
Your lips will likely be a bit puffy for the first 24 hours or so after receiving lip filler injections, so your first look at them may not reflect how they will eventually look. If they appear larger than expected immediately after treatment, this should subside as the swelling goes down. It’s important to follow the aftercare advice given to you and contact your practitioner if you have any worries.
4: What are the most common types of lip fillers?
In the past, collagen used to be king for pouty lips. However, the trouble with this is that it’s permanent, which isn’t ideal if you don’t like the end effect or decide you don’t want them later (think what happened to people like Leslie Ash). Nowadays, hyaluronic acid (HA) is used. HA is a naturally occurring substance that can store 1,000 times its weight in water, making it an excellent plumping treatment. It’s also temporary and may be dissolved if necessary, which is ideal in the event of a complication (which can occur but is considerably less likely if you see a medically qualified practitioner who is experienced in these treatments) or if you don’t like the results of your lip augmentation.
5: Do lip fillers hurt?
I’m not going to lie to you…after all this treatment involves a needle and your lips! Although pain tolerance differs from person to person, lip fillers are often more uncomfortable than painful for most people. Because the lips are so sensitive, we can use things to numb the lips to make things more comfortable. This might be a prescription-grade numbing cream or dental blocks (injections into the lips/gums that numb the mouth completely). Your lips will most likely be puffy and a little delicate for a few days after the lip filler treatment, which is completely normal.
6: How much filler should I have?
The amount of filler you need depends on your desired look and what your practitioner recommends. However, for your first treatment, 0.5ml to 1ml of filler is usually enough to give you a natural look. If you decide you want to go bigger, talk to your practitioner about the safest, most appropriate amount to achieve that natural-looking pout. Just don’t end up looking like someone has stuck a couple of sausages to your face. Less is definitely more!
7:How long do lip fillers last?
Dermal fillers usually last between 6 and 10 months. However, it is dependent on how long your body takes to break down the Hyaluronic Acid (HA). This can last less than 6 months for some people and much more than 6 months for others.
8: How much do lip fillers cost?
Lip filler costs vary depending on the type of filler used and where you go, but on average, lip fillers are priced somewhere between £200 and £500. Be wary of extremely low-cost lip fillers, as there are numerous dodgy brands accessible online. A medically skilled, well-trained practitioner will almost certainly use a reputable, safe brand of lip filler, such as Restylane, Juvederm, Maili, or Boletero, but it never hurts to inquire. If something appears to be too good to be true, it most likely is!
9:What are the main lip filler side effects?
Because your lips are so sensitive, they’ll likely be puffy and a little uncomfortable for the first few days after your treatment. This feeling may last only a day for some people, but it may take up to three days for others. Because HA is injected with a needle or cannula, you may experience bruising and redness, as well as small pin-prick marks.
10: Is there anything I shouldn’t do after lip fillers?
There are a few things you should and shouldn’t do after your lip filler procedure.
Avoid exercising and alcohol for the first 24 hours. If the swelling is bothering you, try using an ice pack to relieve it. If you have any pain afterwards, think about taking paracetamol to treat it. If you see any prolonged or severe bruising or blistering, or any other prolonged responses, contact your practitioner, who will provide you advice and assessment if needed. It’s important to follow the aftercare advice your practitioner provides you with to reduce your risk of any problems.
So, that’s it. Our top 10 list of things you need to know about lip filler treatments. If you are interested in finding out more about this type of treatment, we have more information about lip fillers on our website. Alternatively, there is a wide range of other treatments available to restore and enhance your look here.
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