It’s 2019, and getting your lips injected is about as common as getting your hair highlighted. But let me remind you that a lip augmentation is a real procedure with real risks when done incorrectly. And as much as I’m sure you’d love to hurry up and get those plump lips you’ve always wanted, take some time to consider all the facts first, okay? Ahead, NYC-based cosmetic dermatologist Shereene Idriss, MD, shares exactly what you need to know before trying lip fillers for the first time.
What type of filler should I get?
Welp, you’ve got temporary and permanent fillers, and trust me—temporary is the way to go. Permanent and semipermanent fillers, while tempting, are not reversible (hence the name permanent), and little can be done to fix them if you hate them. The better option is a temporary hyaluronic acid (HA) filler.
Can I remove my fillers once I get them?
The beauty of a temporary filler is that if you don’t like how your lips turn out for whatever reason, your doctor can inject an eraser enzyme called hyaluronidase to break up the particles and accelerate the rate at which the fillers break down.
How do I find the right physician?
To avoid a botched job, you should only see a board-certified professional, such as a dermatologist who is highly experienced in this specific procedure.
How much do lip fillers cost?
They can cost anywhere from $300 to $600. The price depends on the type of filler, the amount of filler you get, the physician you see, and the region you live in. Either way, start saving your pennies, and don’t cheap out by going to some discount spa. It’s not worth the risk.
How long do fillers last?
About six months. But they might last a few months longer for some people—and they might also dissolve quicker for others. How long your lips stay plump and how quickly the filler breaks down really depend on your body’s metabolism.
How do I prepare for my appointment?
Maybe get your selfie arm ready, but also make sure to avoid blood thinners. Thinner blood will make the area more prone to bruising and bleeding, so 10 days prior, stop taking painkillers (e.g., aspirin or ibuprofen), fish oil, and vitamin E—and, yes, even alcohol.
How quickly will I see results?
Your lips will be a little swollen at first, but you’ll see the effects of the fillers pretty quickly.
What’s the downtime for fillers?
Practically none. The procedure takes about 15 to 20 minutes total, and the numbing will start to wear off after about 30 minutes. You can go about your daily life afterward but shouldn’t make any big plans (like a wedding or an important event) for at least three days, in case you bruise.
Can I exercise afterward?
Sorry, but stay out of the gym for at least 24 hours.
Will my lips feel weird after fillers?
If they’re done correctly, you shouldn’t feel any different after the swelling goes down. Yep, not even when you’re kissing.