#1 How can I prepare for my lip fillers?
For many patients, getting lip fillers for the first time can be a nerve wracking experience. If you have never gone through the process before, you may be unsure of what to expect, which can add to feelings of anxiety. Here are a few tips for how you can prepare for your first appointment:
- A week before you go to your appointment, refrain from taking aspirin, fish oil, vitamins, and anti-inflammatory drugs (like Aleve). These can all cause your blood to thin, which leads to more bruising during and after your appointment.
- You’ll also want to steer clear of caffeine and alcohol for a day before and a day after your appointment–this will help with keeping swelling to a minimum.
- Invest in some Arnica tablets for a natural way to bring swelling down and ease any discomfort after your appointment.
- Think about how big you want your lips–be sure to have an open and honest discussion about what you are looking to achieve with your lip fillers. You don’t want to end up spending your money and feeling like you can’t tell a difference, but you also don’t want to end up with too much filler. Talking to your provider can help ensure you get the right substance and amount to get the look you’re going for.
#2 How can I find the right doctor for lip fillers near me?
You always want to research your doctor before deciding to make an appointment and go through with a procedure. The best thing to do when looking for a doctor for you lip fillers is to read online reviews or go by word of mouth reviews. Word of mouth eviews are those from your family and friends who can give you an honest opinion about their experience, and you can see the results in person.
While each person’s experience is different, an overall rating gives the average of each person’s experience. With that, you can decide whether you are comfortable with that doctor’s rating and feedback.
The most important thing you want to look for when trying to find the right doctor for your lip fillers is that your surgeon is board-certified.
#3 Which filler is right for me?
There are multiple types of fillers available for patients. Hyaluronic acid fillers are the most popular these days and have many benefits such as causing less bruising, lasting results, and the chances of having an allergic reaction are very low.
Hyaluronic acid fillers can help with the shape, structure, and volume of your lips in order to help you achieve your desired look. Names for common hyaluronic acid fillers include Voluma and Juvederm.
These gels are made from hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occuring substance in your skin. Therefore, the chance of an allergic reaction is very low. For patients with sensitive skin who are prone to allergic reactions, this substance may be the best option.
#4 What can I expect during my procedure?
The great part about dermal fillers is that the procedure can be done in our office with very little downtime. Typically before your procedure, a local anesthetic is given to you to numb the area. This can be via an injection (similar to when you’re at the dentist) or it can be a gel or cream applied topically to the area.
After your talk to your doctor to confirm the plan sounds good for how to achieve the look you are going for, your doctor will mark the areas where he or she will inject the fillers. The fillers are injected through the use of very fine needles.
Once your doctor is done with your procedure, they may give you ice to help reduce any swelling you might be experiencing. You will notice the difference immediately, and with time, swelling will go away and your lips will reflect a more natural appearance and feeling.
#5 How long do lip fillers last?
Patients who love how their lips look after their procedure may wish that their fillers lasted forever, but sadly, that is not the case.
For patients who might feel anxious about getting lip fillers, it might be comforting to know that they will eventually naturally break down. Generally fillers last about six months to one year, but each person metabolizes the substances differently, which means there is no one answer to this question. Half a year to a full year is a great rule of thumb and ensures that you still get your money’s worth.
In the event that you do not like the way your lip fillers look, your doctor can dissolve it naturally with a substance called hyaluronidase. Knowing that fillers are not permanent can help patients feel more comfortable about taking the first step toward getting plump, beautiful lips.