Plump, luscious lips are one of today’s hottest beauty trends and can be achieved with dermal fillers in Toronto. Lip injections, or lip filler, are an accessible way to get that hot look. But you have questions: How do lip injections work? How much time do you need for recovery? Well, read on. This guide will tell you all you need to know to get the lips you want.
What are Dermal Fillers?
To get that fantastic plumped look, lips are injected with dermal fillers. Dermal fillers are gels made up of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that is naturally found in the body. These gels plump up the lips and give them a softer, smoother, fuller appearance. Dermal fillers are also used to smooth out wrinkles and lines on other parts of the face.
Dermal fillers are not permanent. How long they last depends on where the filler is injected and what type of filler you are using. Check with your practitioner to find out how long your treatment will last.
Following the procedure, your lips will be swollen, and you might experience some pain. Most patients report a predictable cycle of recovery. We recommend that if you’re preparing for a big social event, allow seven days for a full recovery.
Lip Filler Swelling Stages
On the day of the procedure, you will see the worst of the swelling. By day two, most of that swelling will have magically disappeared. You will start to get an idea of how your new lips will look. Any pain should have gone away.
On the 4th day after the treatment, most of the swelling will have gone. All tenderness should have subsided by this day.
At the one-week lip filler swelling stage, the swelling should be gone completely. Though your lips will shrink at this stage, you will be able to see the intended outcome of the treatment.
At two weeks, the lips will look normal but may not have fully settled in. They might still fill a bit swollen.
By week four, your lips will look and feel normal. Go back to your practitioner for a symmetry check and additional treatment should you choose.
Issues that can emerge a few months after treatment:
- Edema Edema is a build-up of fluid around your lips. It is a common problem and not serious. Gentle massage of the area will reduce the swelling.
Lumps are a sign of practitioner error. Reduce small lumps using massage. It is critical to make sure you choose an experienced, well-recommended operator. Larger lumps may be a sign of an allergic reaction. Make sure you visit your practitioner.
- Uneven Swelling Uneven swelling is also a sign of operator error, usually caused by injecting the filler into the wrong area or using the wrong viscosity of filler.
- Late-Onset Inflammatory Response Swelling a few months after treatment is a sign of an inflammatory response. Contact your practitioner. They will treat the condition with oral steroids.
If any symptoms persist, make sure you visit your practitioner.
Bruising After Treatment
Bruising is a common side effect of lip filler treatments. Opt for a dark, full cover lipstick to hide the bruises but wait 24 hours before using any makeup on your lips. To reduce bruising, sleep with your head slightly elevated. Avoid any pressure (kissing!) for 24 hours. Remember to book your treatment at least a week before any important event.
Full Syringe Vs. Half Syringe Lip Filler
How much of an effect are you looking for? Most people want a luscious look but don’t want to take the plumping too far. If you are looking for a naturally plump look, a half syringe of lip filler will do the job. This depends on the size of your natural lips.
A full syringe will give you much fuller lips but will not overfill. If you are looking for a dramatic lip look, a full syringe is a way to go.
Your practitioner will advise you on what amount of lip filler will work best for your needs after a consultation.
Try the following tips to reduce swelling and recover faster:
- Use an ice pack wrapped in a tea towel and apply it gently to your lips.
- Avoid pressure on your lips, including drinking through a straw and hard kissing for two days.
- Drink a whole lot. Staying hydrated allows fluid to flow freely in the body, including swelling fluids.
- Avoid serious workouts and exercise to keep your heart rate low.
Want to know more about how to get those perfectly kissable lips? Contact PSSC Clinic. The trusted dermal fillers near you.