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So You Want Lip Filler?

The perfect pout.

In your mind, what does the perfect pout look like? Subtle and hydrated? A sexy, full pout? Possibly even changing the shape of your lips? So many options when it comes to lip filler!

I think we can all thank Kylie Jenner for posting her experience with lip filler. Because of this (and of course, her cosmetic line), the number of people seeking lip filler treatments soared! So it's not surprising you are considering getting a little (or big) plump in your lippies.

What can you expect when you schedule an appointment for lip filler?

Talk openly to your injector about what you are looking for. Make sure to tell them if you've had previous treatments and what products were used in the past.

Pictures will be taken and you will sign consent forms. Topical numbing cream is used to help alleviate any discomfort, as well as other distraction techniques to make your experience as painless as possible.

Fact. There is numbing medicine (lidocaine) in MOST fillers. There are a few available that currently do not have the medicine premixed, however word on the street is they are coming to the market this year or next.

Fact. You will be asked to animate during the procedure. (Smile, etc).

Fact. Your injector will be looking at your lips from a bunch of different directions in order to give you the best results for your pretty face. So prepare for your personal space to be invaded.

Fact: You will bruise.

Numbing medicine is usually applied for 15-30 minutes. The procedure takes approximately 20-30 minutes. Anticipate being at your appointment for around an hour.

What can you do prior to your appointment? Stop taking any ibuprofen, aspirin, or blood thinning supplements like fish oil or St. John's wart 1-2 weeks before your appointment. Skip the glass of wine or adult bevvie 2-3 days before your treatment. Avoid exercise 24 hours before your appointment. (These are all ways to help minimize bruising.)

After your treatment, it is not recommended to lay flat for at least 4 hours and to avoid exercise for 24 hours after. Don't be afraid to apply ice but don't rub or massage your lips. Swelling can last 1-2 weeks. Some bruising is normal and expected.

If you experience a bruise that is spreading outside of your lip border or if your lips are tender SEEK TREATMENT IMMEDIATELY. Getting lip filler does not come without possible risks and unusual bruising can be an emergency.

Prepare for the following phases post treatment.

Day 2-3: They are swollen! Ugh, take it out!

Day 3-4: Bruised and a little lumpy. Argh.

Day 5-7: Getting used to them. Let's try a new lipstick!

Week 1-2: I love my new lips!

More than 2 weeks: I miss the swelling! I need more!

If you have decided to get your lips done, I can't wait to hear about your experience!


Melissa Zapinski, FNP-C

p.s. HydraLuxe is great pre & post lip filler!

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