Everybody wants to be Kylie Jenner these days but getting that perfect pout involves a lot more than just over-lining your lips with the right lipstick. Lip fillers are an option for those that are ready to make the dive into cosmetic procedures. On the whole, it’s a relatively low-risk procedure, especially if you choose a temporary filler that fades away on its own.
With that said, here are some tips for those readers out there considering lip fillers. Keep scrolling to gain some valuable insight into what it’s really like to get lip injections.
1. Come into the doctor’s office with realistic expectations
The likelihood of you coming into a medical spa or doctor’s office with thin lips and leaving as a Kylie Jenner look-alike will be slim-to-none. And honestly, that’s probably not the look you’ll end up wanting or a size that complements the rest of your face. Most surgeons will only gradually add volume so that the changes are small but build up over time.
This doesn’t mean you won’t notice a difference, however. It simply means that it won’t be immediate if you’re trying to transition to a bigger pout. Plus, nobody wants to walk around with a set of lips that screams, “I just had obvious plastic surgery!”
2. Choose the right fillers
There are several choices you can choose for lip fillers. Collagen, Juvederm or hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers are all options. You will have to decide on either temporary or permanent fillers and it’s best to discuss those options with the professional. Note: It’s much harder to correct a permanent injection after the fact, so keep that in mind before you jump for that option.
Tip: Each type of filler has slightly different results and effects so make sure you ask your surgeon or dermatologist which is right for you.
3. You can remove them (but they’ll also fade on their own)
It’s possible to get fillers removed, especially if they’re temporary. They’ll also fade away on their own after six months if you get temporary fillers. This gives you the option to continue if you enjoy your new look or discontinue it if you don’t.
4. Find a board-certified professional
You don’t want just anyone to inject your lips. Make sure that you’re going to an accredited facility and seeing a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist who has experience in the procedure you’d like performed. You’ll also want to ask for pictures of the surgeon’s work to get an idea of what you can expect.
5. Prepare before you go
Make sure you have a self-care kit ready to go when you leave the doctor’s office! Get yourself some arnica k cream to help calm down any redness and restore any bruised skin. Then, place a cold compress on your lips – just make sure it doesn’t stay on your delicate lips for too long, you don’t want to risk frostbite!
6. Know the risks
Like any medical procedure, there are some risks associated with lip fillers. Some of the possible reactions and negative health consequences can be found below:
- Skin rash
- Skin redness
- Bruising, bleeding
- Asymmetry of the lips
- Possible scarring
- Skin necrosis
7. Know the costs
Each injection can cost between $550 to $2,000. The cost depends almost entirely on what type of filler you choose, the amount of filler, who you see, and where you live. However, we are talking about your face, here so don’t go to the first, cheapest place you see! Make sure you’re going somewhere legitimate, so you don’t end up on a show like Botched.
Lips fillers: things to remember
Have you ever wanted to look amazing without the help of makeup? Getting a lip filler might be the answer since it gifts you with a perfect pout without needing a smidge of lipstick. However, it’s important that you know all the risks associated with the procedure. Even if you find a place that does the injections for a reasonable price, it’s important to dig a little deeper than just a medical spa’s pricing sheet. Ensure that the procedure is being performed by a board-certified professional so that you’re getting exactly what you want without risking undue harm.