Things I Wish I Knew About Getting Lip Fillers

If you are someone who has been wanting to try lip filler, you’ve come to the right place. Utah Facial Plastics is led by our top facial plastics experts and nurse injectors for giving the best pouts in Utah. We have some great tips to help you ease jitters and prepare you for your first lip filler treatment and make it a great experience!

Preparing For Lip Injections

A consultation is a visit between you and your provider to discuss your concerns and recommended treatments. During your lip filler consultation, you will be given all the information and best recommendations for your anatomy and goals. You can either choose to have treatment this day or come back when you are ready.   Prior to treatment it’s best to avoid blood thinners such as Ibuprofen, Vitamin E, and fish oil approximately 3-5 days prior to treatment to lessen the appearance of swelling and bruising. If you are ready to have lip treatment your provider will apply a numbing cream or local anesthetic to make the treatment experience much more tolerable. The injection treatment is fairly quick and lasts about 10 minutes on average.

Realistic Expectations with Filler Treatments

When lip filler is done by a well-trained professional it can look completely natural. Of course, everyone is unique which makes each lip treatment unique. Some individuals want a fuller pout while some want something more subtle and both are perfectly fine, just keep in mind that filler goals are best when done gradually.

Prior to your consultation, it is important to have realistic expectations. We often see patients who come in with a photo of a celebrity or a look that they are going for. For example, there are a lot of requests to have “lips like Kylie”. These lips were not built in one treatment and an experienced injector will tell you that. Having realistic expectations is needed. Again, every individual is unique, meaning we have different face and lip shapes.

Are Lip Fillers Safe?

Lip fillers are generally very safe. The most common ones used are made of hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance that our bodies already make. Safety should be the most important factor, especially when something is being done cosmetically. We recommend researching who and where you will be receiving your lip treatment from. Price should not be the most important deciding factor when it comes to cosmetic treatments. You want to go to someone who is reputable, educated, and most importantly… experienced. As mentioned above, if you don’t feel comfortable during your consultation with the injector, do not feel obligated to receive treatment from them. This just leads to being unhappy with the results or possible complications that will cost a lot more money and time in the long run to correct.

Take it Slow and Steady

Filler is best when it is injected gradually. We always tell patients that it is so much easier to add to the lips than it is to take away. Yes, hyaluronic acid-based fillers can be dissolved. But when it is, you have to start over. This means paying for more filler and starting from scratch. Whether it’s two weeks after your first treatment or two months, you may decide that you want more volume. At that time another syringe can be purchased for a second treatment to add more volume. Lip filler is temporary and typically lasts anywhere from 6-12 months on average. Touch ups can be done as needed and are required to maintain your desired lip shape and fullness.

Budgeting For Lip Fillers

When you call to schedule your consultation it’s okay to ask for a range of what your lip augmentation is going to be, so you are prepared for the bill. It is tough to know exactly what the cost is going to be because there are different lip fillers and the amount needed varies, but on average you’re looking at anywhere between $450-$800. During a consultation with a UFP provider, we always discuss the cost of the treatment before the actual treatment, again no surprises.

Lip Filler After Care

  • Immediately after treatment, an ice pack is provided to help reduce bruises & swelling. Gently apply the ice, but no longer than 10 minutes at a time.
  • However, swelling/bruising is not unusual and typically resolves within 7-14 days.
  • Do not rub or massage the treated area.
  • If you can, avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours, exercise can increase blood flow causing more swelling/bruising.
  • Once bleeding has stopped, you can apply lip balm. Before doing so, make sure that the brush or applicator you are using is clean to avoid infection.
  • Alcohol and salty foods during the first 24 hours can increase bruising and swelling.

For more information about lip fillers or lip augmentation  schedule a consultation or explore lip enhancement options at UFP Draper, Layton, or South Jordan/Gateway (coming soon) offices at (801)776-2220.

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