LIP FILLER DO’S & DONT’S

LIP FILLER DO’S & DONT’S

Well here it is… my first blog post! And even though it’s my first, it’s still a very serious topic… LIP FILLER!

If you’re new to the world of lip fillers, don’t panic. I’ve got plenty of tips to get you ready for your first appointment to ensure you have the best experience. In this article, I’ll first share the things that you should do before you even make the appointment! Then we’ll move right along to some crucial things you should, and shouldn’t do, 3-5 days prior to your treatment.

No.1
RESEARCH THE DOCTOR

Before you book your appointment, do some research. Don’t go somewhere just because there’s a big discount… or you have a friend that works there… or the location is convenient for you. Make sure you go to a professional medical office that has a board-certified dermatologist on staff. This will ensure that the products they’re using are regulated and safe to use.

Once you find a reputable clinic, it’s time to dig a little deeper. Look up online reviews and see what people are saying… Do they have a lot of good reviews and happy customers? This is so important and I definitely should’ve looked into this more my first time. My first experience was actually a total disaster – the nurse inserted filler in areas I didn’t want, so I ended up with lips and a smile I hated. Please learn from my mistake; read the reviews and study any before & after pictures they’ve shared.

No.2
GET INSPIRATION

To avoid a lip shape you dislike, it’s helpful to show your injector the exact look you’re aiming to achieve with the treatment. Search the web for pictures of lips you like, and dislike, and bring them to your appointment. When they take a look, they’ll know exactly what you want. They should also let you know whether that particular look is realistic for your facial features and anatomy. This is why I would NEVER get permanent filler injected into my lips. I have comfort knowing that hyaluronic acid-based fillers, like Juvéderm and Restylane (to name a few,) can be dissolved and reversed in case I have unexpected results.

No.3
KNOW THE RISKS & PLAN AHEAD

The most common side effects are bruising, swelling, and tenderness but there are important vessels in this area. This is also why it’s very important that the person injecting understands anatomy very well and knows how to avoid hitting or getting any product into those vessels to help avoid permanent scarring and disfigurement.

Also, if you’re prone to cold sores you must advise your injector… I’ve heard that having lip filler could trigger one, and you may be able to take cold sore medication three days before your treatment, but definitely confirm this with your doctor first!

And lastly, no matter how well you listen to pre and post appointment instructions, it is always best to avoid any important work or social events for 3-7 days after treatment. If you bruise easily, you may need to plan for 2 weeks to heal. If you have an extremely important event like a wedding, reunion, or photoshoot, I’d highly recommend getting your filler AFTER those events. If not, give yourself at least 3-4 weeks before the big day because sometimes bruises can last for up to 14 days.

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HOW TO AVOID BRUISING 101

Alright, you’ve got your appointment booked… Your actions pre/post treatment can make a big difference when it comes to swelling and bruising associated with cosmetic injectables. Here are a few tips, that came directly from my nurse injector, that can help you avoid any unnecessary bruising.

BEFORE TREATMENT

Some medications and natural supplements can be blood thinners, therefore increase susceptibility to bruising. Refrain from taking these 3-5 days prior to treatment:

If you are on Warfarin, Coumadin, or Plavix, stay on it! Any other medications it’s best you check with your family doctor and only stop if it is safe to do so. If you need pain medication, Tylenol is al always fine to use.

Plavix, stay on it! Any other medications it’s best you check with your family doctor and only stop if it is safe to do so. If you need pain medication, Tylenol is always fine to use.

PRO TIP! Adding these into your diet can help to minimize your chances of bruising:

  • Pineapple/Pineapple juice 1-2 days prior to injections
  • Arnica Montana tablets. Take as directed on the bottle 2 days prior to your appointment. Increase to 5 tablets on the morning of your treatment, at time of treatment, and every 2 hours post treatment that day.

 

AFTER TREATMENT

  1. Avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours – Walking is ok
  2. Avoid consuming excess amounts of alcohol of salt for 24 hours. This helps avoid excess swelling
  3. If you have swelling, you may apply a cool compress for 15 minutes each hour
  4. You may take Tylenol for pain. Do not take Aspirin, Excedrin, Ibuprofen, Aleve, or Advil for 2 days after treatment
  5. Try to sleep on your back with 1 or two pillows on the night of treatment. This keep you elevated and help reduce swelling
  6. Avoid significant movement of the treated area for the first couple of days. Day 3, if you feel a lump or bump, massage unless otherwise directed
  7. Remember it takes 14 days for the results of cosmetic treatments to fully “settle in.” A month after, filler looks even better so just be patient and trust the process!

If you’re subscribed to my YouTube channel you might have seen my personal lip filler experience. Check it out if you haven’t seen it yet! There’s a lot to learn in this video as I have my nurse injector, Chelsey, answer some important questions…

HAVE YOU HAD LIP FILLER? DO YOU LOVE IT OR HATE IT? SHARE YOUR TIPS AND TRICKS TO AVOID BRUISING IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!

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