Posted on 15 February, 2023
Lip fillers (also known as lip enhancement or lip injections) are one of the most popular treatments we do at LPA. They are also one of the treatments that will lead to side effects more commonly than other treatments. The side effects resulting from lip fillers also just feel more noticeable because lips are slap bang in the middle of your face!
What happens during lip filler treatment?
LPA lip filler is carried out using hyaluronic acid-based gel. This treatment is a natural injectable treatment, as hyaluronic acid is a substance that occurs naturally in the body.
During the treatment itself you will have a medical assessment, photos, and assessment of suitability for treatment. Following this, you will have some numbing cream applied to the lips. This works incredibly well to numb the area. The treatment itself happens by a sequence of carefully placed injections.
Will I see results immediately after lip filler treatment?
Immediately afterwards - you will see the results.
Typically, at this point the lips will not only have a volume increase from the product but added to that there will be a degree of swelling - in other words they will likely look bigger than you might ideally like.
This swelling can continue over the 48 hours that follow. This means - by the time you get home, go to bed that night, and wake in the morning they may look more swollen. THIS IS NORMAL. After about 48 hours this swelling will reduce, and the result of your beautifully plumped, hydrated, natural looking results will be visible.
What you can do to diminish / prevent swelling with LPA lip filler
Regular icing after treatment (apply ice to the affected area for around 1 minute - repeat every hour for around 48 hours)
Take an over-the-counter antihistamine tablet for 24 hours before and 48 hours after lip filler treatment.
Bruising is also a very common normal side effect of having lip filler. Why is this so common? the lips are pink or dark because there is a plethora of blood vessels underneath the skin. This means that injecting this area will have a high risk of creating a bruise.
What you can do to prevent / diminish bruising with LPA lip filler
Avoid drinking alcohol or taking any medication that may thin the blood (like aspirin or ibuprofen) for 24 hours before & after treatment
Regular icing (as above)
Avoid vigorous exercise for 24 hours after treatment.
Discomfort can be part and parcel of having lip injections. We all have different tolerance of pain and pain perception can also be affected by lots of differentials like menstrual cycle, stress, fatigue. This means that you may find the lip filler treatment itself more comfortable on some days than others. The lips alongside lots of blood vessels, have lots of nerve endings. This sensual part of the body was designed for feeling which can mean that having the lips injected can be more sensitive than any other part of the face.
What you can do to diminish / prevent pain with LPA lip filler
If you know you are a sensitive soul, consider taking some paracetamol an hour before your appointment.
At LPA we use the world’s strongest numbing cream which we slather on abundantly so as to ensure the most comfortable treatment possible.
We also use products that have lidocaine mixed into the filler itself. Lidocaine is a strong numbing agent.
Book your appointment on a day and time that you don’t have to be rushing about or rushing back to the office. The more relaxed you feel, the better you will feel during the treatment.
Breathe - a bit of a ‘no brainer’ but I always tell my clients that when we anticipate pain or feel a bit anxious we automatically hold our breath. In fact, I would say it’s one of the rare times our bodies react in the complete opposite way they should. Breathing slowly and deeply will help you manage stress and discomfort - we will remind you of this throughout the treatment.
Your lip filler treatment will be settled and side effects resolved by around 2 weeks after treatment when you can sit back and enjoy, soft hydrated, bouncy, defined beautiful lips.
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