If you’re considering getting filler injections to add more volume to your lips, it’s important to take some time to learn about this type of procedure before you jump in. Sure, there are plenty of photos and info online from influencers telling you why you should get them. But here, we’ll highlight all the things you didn’t know about filler injections so you can be better informed when deciding if it’s right for you.

Permanent Fillers are Indeed Permanent

In today’s world, many things considered “permanent” can easily be fixed or erased. But that’s not the case when it comes to permanent fillers. Once in, there’s little you can do to correct it if you’re not happy with the results. Fortunately, you don’t have to go with the permanent route if you don’t want to. There are temporary fillers that use hyaluronic acid (HA) that can provide up to six months of incredible results without the long-term commitment. Using hyaluronic acid over other types of fillers also has plenty of advantages. For one, it’s a natural substance that is found in your body, so you’re less likely to reject it or have an allergic reaction with this type of filler. And if you don’t like the look or size of your fillers, it can be easily reversible so that your lips can go right back to normal in just a few days.

Your Lips Need Time to Adapt

Although you can expect to receive immediate results even with your first filler treatment, it can take some time for your lips to adjust to the new injections. For the first 24 hours, you’ll experience some swelling in the area, which can take a few days to go down. So before reacting (or panicking) to their shape and size, give your lips a little time to settle. For most patients, it can often take three to five days for your lips to fully settle into their new shape.

Results Don’t Happen Overnight

Don’t expect to look like Angela Jolie after your first appointment. If that’s the look you’re going for, it can take time to get those results. What you should expect after your first injection is to see a natural difference, not an extreme one. With each subsequent treatment, your clinician should be building your lips progressively until the desired result is reached. If your lips look huge or distorted after your first few appointments, it’s a sign that something is not right. You might want to find a new clinician who will do a better job at keeping your lips looking natural and full.

Results are Different for Everyone

Most temporary fillers last between three to six months, but it really depends on your body’s metabolism and the location it’s injected. Some patients experience a full six months of voluminous results, while others break down the filler much faster.

You Don’t Have to Do Both

Some people avoid getting lip injections because they already have a full bottom lip and believe adding more volume will be overkill. What they don’t know is that they can get just one lip done. In fact, they don’t even have to get the full lip done either, they can plump up wherever they need to.

There’s Little Downtime with Fillers

Unlike surgery, you can be in and out of the office in as little as thirty minutes after a filler injection. Most patients can even go on with their day right afterwards. Common side effects include minor bruising and inflammation, but these symptoms will quickly fade over the next few days. Some people also experience small bumps under the skin, but these often soften away within a week or so. Until your lips settle, you may want to avoid wearing lip balm or lipstick that could irritate your lips. It’s also wise to avoid heading to the gym or getting a facial for the first few days, as these activities could increase blood flow to your face and add to the swelling.

Lip Injections Stimulate Collagen Production

Another major benefit of HA injections is that it can also stimulate collagen production in the body. This can leave your lips looking fuller even after the injection has worn off. Plus, collagen can help your skin to look younger and fuller in the long run. Compared to other options that don’t boost collagen, you can get two benefits – plumping action and collagen production – for one price.

Are you ready to experience natural-looking asymmetric lips or just have questions before you dive in? Contact us at the Ottawa Skin Care Clinic and one of our qualified medical professionals will be happy to set you up with a consultation.