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Twenty Things You Should Know Before Getting Lip Injections

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Lip injections are one of the hottest treatments today! For a lot of women, lip fillers have become a staple in their beauty regimens, just as much as visiting the hairdresser or getting their nails done. Just a few, short years ago, celebrities really took lip plumping into the mainstream, with women all over the world seeking treatments to get that Kylie Jenner pout.

Nowadays, lip filler treatments have become more of a staple than a trend, and as more people turn to this highly effective procedure that is safe and relatively pain-free, more questions come up that don’t always get the correct answer. Our priority at Lucere is to keep our clients informed about all procedures and treatments, so we’ve compiled a list of your most common lip filler questions with the right answers!

Dr. Zaki Performing Lip Injection

1. What will lip fillers look like on me?

This is one of the biggest questions we’re constantly asked! Most of our clients are mainly concerned with their before and after results, and rightfully so. It’s important to understand that results differ from injector to injector, as each physician has their own formulas and techniques they like to use. The technique and type of filler used will dictate the volume, lift and results you see.

Remember, filler is an art just as much as it’s a science, and it’s important to invest in an injector with an amazing track record, as well as the experience and expertise to back it up. This ensures a safe treatment with results you will be happy with. Avoid injectors who treat clients in a cookie-cutter way, who disregard the overall aesthetic of your face and give clients a standard lip. One lip doesn’t fit all, and each lip should be treated with a customized approach to give results that suit the client’s facial features and desires.

2. What type of lip filler should I get?

Temporary lip fillers are definitely the way to go! There are permanent options on the market, but at Lucere, we advise against that route. They are not reversible and you will have very little options to correct a procedure gone wrong. The best option is a premium, temporary hyaluronic acid filler such as Juvéderm or Restylane. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in your own body, so you don’t have to worry about any harmful substances entering your system. It’s completely safe and provides results you can count on. These fillers are also preferred for the natural look they will give you, as well as your body’s natural ability to metabolize them over time.

3. How do I find the right injector?

Finding the right injector is very important to ensure a comfortable, safe treatment with an outcome you’ll love. To avoid a botched job, we recommend only seeing a board-certified dermatologist and their highly trained team of aesthetic nurses. Be sure to look at their before and afters and keep a lookout for the staff’s faces. Nine times out of ten, the staff have likely had work done in the clinic. Our Board-Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Zaki Taher, and his carefully curated team of Aesthetic Nurses invite you to book a complimentary consultation to discuss all your injectable needs. Lucere Dermatology & Laser Clinics is the leading clinic in Edmonton for filler injections and Botox, and we’d love to be apart of helping you Look Good, Not Done.

lip injection before and after

This beautiful Lucere client’s natural lips (left) and her lips after her lip filler treatment (right).

4. Are there any risks to lip fillers?

When administered by a medical professional, lip fillers are relatively low-risk and safe. You can expect some soreness and bruising afterwards, but we cannot stress it enough – only go to a trained expert for your injections! The possibility of more serious risks are not worth the discount. Your results can also be highly undesirable, aesthetically unappealing, and asymmetrical. Medical complications include necrosis, which is a blockage of blood supply to veins in your lips. Experts are experts for a reason – trust them!

5. How much do lip fillers cost?

The average cost of lip injections differs based on several variables, such as the type of lip filler used, the amount used in your treatment, as well as the experience and techniques of the injector that you see. On average, we typically use a syringe of filler for lips, which can cost between $550-$650.

6. How do I prepare for my appointment beforehand?

Before your lip injections, it’s important to avoid blood thinners as they will make your lips more prone to bruising and bleeding after. Ideally, stop taking pain killers like aspirin or ibuprofen, fish oil, vitamin E and even alcohol for about five days prior to your treatment. If you have a history of cold sores, you should take your prevention medication before the procedure as prescribed, to avoid triggering a flare-up.

7. Will I have to get numbed before treatment?

Before your lip fillers are administered, your injector will use a topical anesthetic (numbing cream) on your lips to make sure your experience is easy, comfortable and as pain-free as possible.

8. Do lip fillers hurt?

A common question we get asked is do lip injections hurt? If treated correctly by an experienced, medical injector, you should only feel a small prick and slight pressure during the treatment. It should not be very painful at all after you’ve been numbed. Your lips may have a dull, throbbing feeling after the procedure, which is common.

Lip Fillers

9. Can I get just one lip injected or do I have to do both?

It’s important to consult with a trained and highly experienced injector as to how much filler you should inject and where. They are trained in understanding the anatomy of your face and taking into consideration how your features will best suit your new lips. Taking your goals into perspective, you and your injector will collectively agree on what should be achieved through your lip filler treatment.

10. What’s the downtime for lip fillers?

There’s no significant downtime for lip fillers, but keep in mind that swelling will occur for 2-3 days as well as potential bruising. The procedure itself takes approximately 20 minutes with the numbing cream wearing off after about 30 minutes. You can go about your daily routine afterwards but refrain from physical activity for 24 hours after the procedure.

11. Will my lips bruise or bleed after getting fillers?

It’s a possibility that bruising or bleeding can occur after your lip filler treatment, and that’s why we recommend staying off any blood thinners. Also, keep in mind that bruising can last for up to a week in some people, and even longer in others, so book your lip filler treatment at least 3-4 weeks before any major event, like a wedding, for the best results.

12. Can I exercise after treatment?

As mentioned above, refrain from using the gym or taking part in any strenuous activities for at least 24 hours. Also avoid activities that increase blood flow to the face such as a massage, facial or even yoga. All these things will only add to the swelling.

13. How quickly will I see results after treatment?

Your lips will be evidently bigger right after your procedure, but keep in mind that your lips will be quite swollen after injections. Give it a full two to three days for the swelling to go down completely, and two full weeks for your lips to settle in and give you the full effects of the treatment.

14. How big will my lips get?

This all depends on the goal you and your injector set to achieve results that will look best for your features. However, don’t expect to walk away with huge lips in just one appointment. The size gradually increases over time for results that are natural. Remember, it’s better to go slow and add where needed, rather than going too big and having lips that are not natural looking. Keep in mind that there’s quite a bit of swelling at first that can distort the shape of your lip. You need to give your lips time to adapt and settle in before assessing if more filler is required.

lip fullers by Lucere dermatologist

A progression Before & After showing this beautiful client before her treatment (left), directly after her treatment (middle), and 2 weeks after her treatment once her lips settled (right).

15. How long do lip fillers last?

Lip fillers last anywhere between 6-9 months, with it being less for some people and more for others. The break down of your lip filler all depends on how fast your body naturally metabolizes the product itself.

16. Can I remove my fillers if I’m unhappy with the results?

The beauty of hyaluronic acid-based fillers is that they are completely temporary. If you are unhappy with your results, your physician can inject an eraser enzyme called hyaluronidase, which accelerates the rate at which your lip filler will break down. The process is fast, and results are nearly instant, however, it will take a few days for your filler and any swelling to go completely down.

17. Will my lips feel weird after fillers?

If you have done your due diligence and had your lip fillers injected correctly by a trained professional, then you shouldn’t feel any different after the swelling goes down.

18. Will I have lumps or bumps in my lips?

It’s possible to feel lumps or bumps in your lips after having lip filler. Those with smaller lips have a higher tendency of having lumps form after trying to overly volumize them. Also, bumps that form on the exterior portion of your lip at the surface level will be more likely caused by poor injection techniques. Again, seeing an expert injector like those at Lucere is a must!

lip injection before and after in Lucere in Edmonton

This beautiful Lucere client’s natural lips (left) and her lips after her lip filler treatment (right).

19. Can my lip filler migrate or move?

No, if injected properly and by a professional, your lip filler should not move. During treatment, your lips are gently massaged to mold the product and prevent lumps. Once treated expertly, your lips will be back to normal with a beautiful, natural plump.

20. Will my lips sag or deflate after the treatment wears off? 

No, lip fillers are temporary, and your lips will go back to their normal state after being metabolized by your body in 6-9 months. Unlike the rumours you hear, your lips will not be saggy or deflated once the filler has run its course. In fact, injecting your lips actually stimulates your body’s own collagen production and your lips can stay a bit bigger than their original state for some time.

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