Post #15 Lip Fillers: Yes, No...Maybe?
Karen's covers plumping the lips in Podcast Episode #11 Here's some of what she found...
Nowadays, lip injections have become really common...almost as common as coloring your hair! But, it's really important to remember that lip augmentation is a REAL MEDICAL PROCEDURE with REAL risks when done incorrectly. So, before you run out and get those lips plumped, you need to consider all of the facts.
Dr. Shereene Idriss, MD, from an article originally published in Cosmo, shared some of the things you need to know before trying lip fillers for the first time:
there are temporary and permanent options
temporary fillers are the way to go
permanent fillers are NOT reversible (duh!) and if you hate them, there’s not much that can be done to fix them.
hyaluronic acid (HA) is the better option in temporary fillers because it's a sugar derivative that’s naturally found in your body. It’s provides a more natural look and dissolves over time (or with the help of your dermatologist). And don't be cheap...buying dermal fillers online is a bad idea!
What type of HA-based filler should you use?
• Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus.
• Belotero Balance.
• Prevelle Silk.
What will they look like on You???
Well, it seems that every doctor or technician has a favorite formula and technique that's based on what their client wants and their age. Someone in their 20’s would have very different needs than someone in their 50’s. Definitely check the doctor's work on their web pages, read their reviews, and get that word of mouth referral! And best tip of all....Dr. Idriss says that it’s good idea to take a look at the staff’s faces because they’ve likely been worked on. If those lips look freaky, so will yours!
What are the risks?
Fillers are kinda' looked at as a “lunchtime” procedure, no big deal. No way! You should look at it as a potentially invasive procedure with the possibility of serious risks. Have a licensed professional do your lips so you don’t end up on Botched!
MORE COMMON: Bruising, swelling, pain, itching and redness
LESS COMMON: Raised bumps that might need surgical removal, infection, open or draining wounds, sores, or necrosis
RARE: scarring, blurred vision, partial vision loss, blindness if it’s accidently injected into a vessel. Severe allergic reactions that can lead to anaphylactic shock.
WARNING: Don’t do it if you have a history of severe allergies,
especially to lidocaine or bacteria (HA is often created from
bacteria fermentation or ROOSTER COMBS! Aack!).
Still want 'EM?
Lip fillers cost anywhere from $550 to $2000, depending on how much you get, doctor vs technician, and your zipcode. This is not the time to cheap out and go to a discount spa!!
Start slowly (one syringe) and then increase over time. There will be swelling at first which can
distort the shape, so give those lips some time to adapt and settle. The results will last about 6 months, give or take. It will depend on your metabolism and how fast your body dissolves the filler.
Dr. Idriss also mentions that your lips will eventually go back to normal and that they will NOT turn into saggy, deflated, skin bags! Also, the all the injecting will stimulate your own collagen and your lips could remain a little larger on their own. Nice!
Before and after your appointment...
Avoid blood thinners at least 10 days prior! No aspirin, Ibuprofen, fish oil, vitamin E or alcohol...they will make you more prone to bleeding and bruising.
If you have a history of cold sores, take your antiviral meds starting at least 2 days prior. The injections could trigger a flare up.
There is some pain involved, but the area can be numbed with a dental nerve block. (Oral arnica, started daily a few days before the procedure can help, too.)
Bruising & swelling after the procedure will last 5-7 days, and you can get a laser treatment to help.
No exercise for at least 24 hours.
It seems that with a bit of research on your part, lip fillers can be a safe alternative to a life of thin lips!