15 things you need to know before getting lip injections

Many people these days are unhappy with their natural look and want to enhance various parts of their body to make themselves feel good. Sometimes, people go into these procedures without fully knowing what happens and what they need to be wary of. There are many horror stories that have emerged out of operations gone wrong and incorrect lip fillers and more. Lip injections and fillers have become a common trend amongst people and there are certain things that one should be aware of before going ahead with the procedure.

Here are some 15 things that you need to know about getting lip injections: 

#15 You will see results immediately

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When you get lip injections you will tend to see the result almost immediately. Your lips could possibly be swollen up at first but the effects of the lip fillers wear off pretty fast. You need to give your lips at least 24 hours to settle and adjust to the new lip fillers. The swelling will also come down in about 24 hours. You will have filled out lips for the next few months. 

#14 The beginning of the procedure

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The procedure is fairly simple and you will not go through too much. At the beginning, you may feel a pinch and a stinging sensation as the filler is being injected into your lip. Once that is done, the doctor will proceed to massage your lips a little and then ice them for about 10 minutes. After that, you may proceed with your day as normal. 

#13 The use of anesthetic 

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Some people prefer the use of some form of anesthesia and you can opt to have your lips numbed before the start of the procedure. Request your doctor for a dental nerve block or a topical anesthetic. Just as is done in dental procedures, the doctor can numb the area around your lips with an injection of your gums. If you are scared of injections, then you can choose a numbing cream. 

#12 There is zero downtime 

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There is zero downtime in this procedure and it is short and sweet. The entire procedure takes a total of 15 minutes to maximum 20 minutes. The numbing will start to gradually wear off after 15 minutes. Most doctors say that you can go on with life but it is advisable not to plan any major event around the time of the procedure in case you bruise. 

#11 Very much like the real thing 

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When you get lip injections, it does not feel that different from real lips. It is possible that when you get lip injections you may also have slightly bumpy lips at first but within a week of the procedure this will settle down and will start to look natural again. So if you want to kiss someone, go ahead they won't know the difference! 

#10 Choose the area of focus

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While deciding to get lip injections, one can even decide which areas of the lips you would like to draw attention to and where the focus of the treatment should be. There are many choices; whether you choose to do both the lips, just the bottom lip, or the middle of the lip, you can decide and consult your doctor. The doctor will assist you in deciding what best suits your face. 

#9 Slight bruising and bleeding

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When the doctor is giving the lip injection, do not be alarmed if you notice some slight bruising and bleeding in the area of the injection. This is a perfectly normal reaction and with the use of Topical Arnica gel, the chances of any further bruising will reduce and you will heal up faster. 

#8 Keep increasing it over time

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You cannot expect to look like Kylie Jenner or Kim Kardashian but expect to look absolutely natural. Ultimately, you should trust your doctor to decide what will best work for your face as the doctor would definitely have a better understanding. If you are expecting more drastic results then you can increase the size of your lips over a period of time. 

#7 Do not exercise after the procedure

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There are certain things that you should not do after getting lip fillers. It is important to give your body time to heal up and adjust to the new change. Avoid all activities which will increase the blood flow to your face. Don't exercise for a few days until your lips have settled and avoid getting a massage or facial. 

#6 The approximate cost 

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The approximate cost of getting lip fillers ranges from $500 to about $2,000 based on where you live and what doctor you decide to see. The procedure is known to be quite expensive so it is one of those things that you should save for if you want to get your lips injected. 

#5 Your body type and lip fillers

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HA fillers are called Hyaluronic acid fillers and they tend to last for a maximum of four to six months. If you are on the more petite side, the chances are that your body will metabolize the formula faster and the lip injections may not last as long you would like them to. However, you can repeat the process after a period of time. Consult your doctor on this.

#4 Lifestyle change before the procedure 

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Remember to make some changes in your lifestyle about two weeks before the procedure is due. It is advisable to avoid any sort of painkillers, Tylenol being an exception. You should also avoid food items like fish oil and Vitamin E foods which cause the blood to thin. The thinner the blood, the more prone the area is to bruising and bleeding. 

#3 The aftermath 

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After a point, if you choose to stop getting the lip injections, your lips will return to their original state. The HA that was injected into your lips can cause collagen and natural HA production in the area of the injection. This could lead to your lips naturally holding on to some of the volumes because of past injections. 

#2 HA fillers can be erased 

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HA is not a permanent solution and your dermatologist can look at injecting an eraser enzyme known as hyaluronidase. This enzyme causes the filler to dissolve within five minutes and if the customer is not satisfied with the initial results. When it comes to permanent and semi-permanent fillers, it can be a lot more tempting. However, those are not reversible and it is difficult to fix it. 

#1 Every doctor has their own formula

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Some doctors say the best way to go about the procedure of a temporary filler is using HA. While others believe that the addition of Juvederm Volbella, the volume of the lips will increase more and it targets the lines around the area. Each doctor and dermatologist has their own method and you have to figure out the one that works for you! 

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