7 Things To Know Before Your First Lip Filler Appointment
Dr. Paul Angelchik is a Phoenix plastic surgeon who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Angelchik is well-trained and experienced in all forms of plastic surgery, namely breast enhancement and facial rejuvenation. He has been serving patients for over 20 years. Dr. Angelchik brings his surgical experience, expertise, and quality care to patients in and around Phoenix, Arizona.
Deciding to get lip fillers can be exciting – it’s a quick and easy way to get fuller, plumper lips without surgery. Although it’s tempting to dream about your results, it’s important to take a moment and learn about what to expect so you can ensure your treatment is successful. Here are seven of the most important things to know about getting lip fillers according to Dr. Angelchik and our experienced injectors.
It’s important to understand what lip fillers are so that you can get the most out of them. Lip fillers are made with hyaluronic acid (HA), a complex sugar found in your skin that keeps it soft and moisturized. In crystal-clear gel form, HA can add volume under the lips, increasing their size and projection.
Although HA fillers don’t require downtime like surgery does, this also means they’re only temporary. Depending on the unique filler you choose, your results could last from 6-12 months before fading.
There are a variety of lip fillers to choose from, and Dr. Angelchik and our team will help you select the right one for your goals. Some of the biggest names in lip fillers are Restylane Kysse or Juvéderm Volbella, for example. The biggest difference among lip fillers is the gel consistency – some types are thicker or thinner which can shape your results differently. It can be helpful to think about what sort of results you’re hoping for when choosing your filler, whether it’s a more augmented look or soft and natural volume.
Although you may be inspired by your favorite celebrity’s lips, it can be difficult to recreate somebody else’s unique features. The fact is, your features are your own and fillers can help enhance what makes them unique – they can’t change them altogether. It’s best to trust your injector’s experience and professional opinion about what you can achieve with lip fillers so you don’t end up with results you don’t like.
The lips are one of the most sensitive areas of the face, so injections into the lips (even with a very fine needle) can hurt. Lip fillers typically require a numbing cream that is applied at the start of your appointment. This cream typically takes 15-20 minutes to activate so plan your schedule accordingly. Most HA fillers also contain lidocaine to further ease the process. Some patients may require local anesthesia injections to make them more comfortable.
Certain types of lip fillers are also designed to fill in fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth. If this is also a cosmetic concern of yours, your injector can help you develop a more personalized approach to your treatment. This may mean you’ll require two different types of filler for best results.
Preparation is key when it comes to lip fillers. The most important step is avoiding blood-thinning medications at least 10 days ahead of your appointment (this includes aspirin and ibuprofen). These medications can increase bleeding and bruising, both of which can impact your results. Make sure to also avoid alcohol the day before your procedure. Finally, if you have any upcoming dental appointments or vaccinations, make sure to reschedule them to either before or well after your injection appointment. And if you have a big event that you’re planning your treatment around, make sure to schedule your injection appointment at least two weeks in advance.
Aftercare is key with lip fillers, and our team will give you detailed instructions to follow. A few important points are as follows:
- Apply a protected ice pack for 10 minutes at a time to minimize swelling
- Do not massage or manipulate your lips for several days afterward as you may move some of the filler material.
- Avoid exercising and high-temperature environments for 1-2 days
- Drink plenty of water
- Avoid messy foods that require wiping your mouth
- Avoid makeup for 24 hours
- Sleep with your head slightly elevated
Lip fillers are one of the best ways to enhance your lips – and with the right preparation, you can enjoy your results to their fullest. To meet with Dr. Angelchik and our team, contact our Phoenix, AZ office by calling or filling out our online form.