Many people like the idea of having fuller, shapelier lips. Some spend a fair amount of money on store-bought cosmetic lip kits in hopes of achieving the look they want. Some of the lip plumping products that are available today “plump” the lips by causing temporary irritation that leads to swelling. Some are a mere facade, using liners and lipstick to create the illusion of fullness. While these can be great for a night out, most people in search of a prettier pout eventually consider lip fillers. If you’re on the fence, you may simply need to become better informed about this treatment.
How Lip Fillers Work
The most popular form of lip enhancement involves injections of a hyaluronic acid dermal filler. Hyaluronic acid is a polysaccharide that the body produces to support joints, eyes, and the skin. The function of hyaluronic acid is to bind to water molecules. In the skin, this is what supports plumpness and moisture. Dermal fillers containing this substance are introduced into a target area such as the lips. The particles of hyaluronic acid immediately bind to water molecules in the area (so make sure you focus on adequate hydration leading up to your treatment!) and can hold them in place for several months.
What do I need to know before getting lip fillers?
There are a few things that all patients should know about lip filler treatment before they commit to injections. The first is that, while this treatment is nonsurgical, it is not without risk. Lip injections are not a service to purchase off of Groupon without first thoroughly vetting the provider. Lip filler treatment is best provided by a board-certified physician or nurse with extensive experience. In addition to looking at a provider’s Before and After gallery for lip fillers, observe the staff. Chances are at least one has received lip filler treatment in the office.
Another important thing to know before getting lip filler treatment is that you need to avoid blood-thinners for at least 24 hours before your appointment. Some products, like vitamin E, fish oil, aspirin, ibuprofen, and prescription blood thinners, should be stopped about 10 days prior to lip injections. These products increase the risk of bruising. Oh, and you also should pass on that cocktail the night before your treatment and also the day of. Waiting a full 24 hours after your appointment to imbibe can make a big difference in bruising.
The shape and fullness of the lips says a lot about a person at first glance. To schedule your lip filler treatment in one of our San Antonio locations, contact us today.