Lip Fillers are one of the most popular treatments we have. They help give the appearance of naturally plumper lips and can also provide definition to more mature looking lips.
However, Lip Fillers aren’t something to be taken lightly and many people often know very little about the procedure before they have it done. We’ve decided to create a post based on some of the frequently asked questions that we often receive to help you understand the procedure.
Q: What do lip fillers do?
A: Lip Fillers are a cosmetic procedure that alters the shape or size of your lips to achieve your desired look.
Q: What are lip fillers made from?
A: Lip fillers are made of a substance called Hyaluronic Acid (or HA) which is a substance that is naturally occurring in the lips and the rest of the body. Hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1000x its own weight in water which is what gives lip fillers their plump look. As we age we naturally lose the plumpness in our lips which is why a lot of women (and men) look to lip fillers later in life to help prevent evidence of ageing.
Q: What different types of lip fillers are there?
A: At Bank Aesthetics we use a variety of products such as Restylane, Teosyal or Juvérderm. Each filler will give a slightly different result and is chosen upon your consultation with your Medical Aesthetic Practitioner who will recommend the best type of filler for you and the results you want to achieve.
Q: What do lip fillers feel like inside of the lips?
A: Lip fillers are generally painless as it’s a little needle injection inserted into anaesthetised lips. Once the fillers have been inserted, your Medical Aesthetic Practitioner will massage it in to evenly distribute the fluid which helps prevent lumps from forming. Immediately after the treatment, your lips will feel swollen and we might recommend you take painkillers (avoid taking any anti-inflammatory painkillers) or use an ice pack, but a lot of clients don’t feel the need to. However, once the swelling is reduced your lips should feel completely natural.
Q: Are they safe? In what circumstances could I not have lip fillers?
A: When lip fillers are done by a qualified Medical Aesthetic Practitioner such as Maria Phillips at Bank Aesthetics, the risks are almost non-existent. However, like most aesthetic beauty treatments if the procedure is performed by a non-certified Medical Aesthetic Practitioner and is done cheaply, then the odds of having a ‘botched’ procedure are very likely. Having a consultation is very important too as it’s not just about your Practitioner meeting you but about you getting to know and having trust in the person performing the procedure. If you’re unsure sure about whether you would be able to have lip fillers feel free to contact us and explain your situation and we can discuss it in more detail.
Q: Does the procedure hurt? Is there any pain or discomfort afterwards?
A: Surprisingly enough the treatment itself has very minimal pain and sometimes clients often feel no pain at all. After the treatment has been given your lips will feel swollen and if at any point you feel discomfort it is recommended to take painkillers (avoid taking any anti-inflammatory painkillers) or use an ice pack lightly on your lips but clients tend not to feel like they need to.
Q: Will there be any swelling and will I have to take any downtime?
A: The swelling tends to last anywhere from 12 to 48 hours after the procedure, during this time your lips may feel more tender than usual. However, there is usually no downtime required as it is not an invasive procedure but if you are concerned you can contact us and we’d be happy to put your mind at rest.
Q: Do lip fillers make your lips bleed?
A: It varies for every client, but there are often a few spots of bleeding at the injection points but usually not more than a drop of blood. Each person is different as some people might bleed more than others.
Q: How long do lip fillers normally last?
A: There is no set length of time that lip fillers will last for, it will depend from person to person. Lip fillers can last from 6 -9 months or 9 – 15 months depending on the choice of product used, this will be discussed in your consultation.
Q: Are lip fillers vegan?
A: Juvederm is vegan-friendly but it is also best to consult your Medical Aesthetic Practitioner.
Q: Should I take painkillers before-hand?
A: It is best if you do not take any painkillers before your procedure especially anti-inflammatory ones such as ibuprofen or aspirin. If you do feel discomfort after your treatment we advise you take paracetamol, avoid taking any anti-inflammatory painkillers until 2 days after your procedure.
Q: Can I exercise after having my lips done?
A: Usually, we suggest you rest for 1 – 2 days as the increase in blood flow might aggravate your lips and encourage more bruising and swelling which could make your lips feel more painful and take longer to heal.
Q: How soon after I have my lips done can I use a sunbed or sunbathe?
A: Try to stay out of the sun for at least a week after treatment. This allows your skin to properly react and fully benefit from the treatment.
You should also try to avoid exposing your lips to extreme cold temperature for a week as well.
Q: How soon after having my lips done can I touch my face?
A: You can touch your face immediately after, but we would recommend not touching your lips for 6 – 12 hours to allow the filler to settle. If you would like to apply light makeup we also recommend waiting one day after the treatment so that the injection sites have time to fully close ensuring you don’t get any clogged pores.
Q: How should I choose who performs the procedure on my lips?
A: Always choose a Medical Aesthetic Practitioner such as Maria Phillips who is medically qualified with years of experience and is someone who you can trust. If you find a cheap deal online that seems too good to be true that’s usually because it is! Be careful with who you choose, make sure you take full advantage of the consultation to discuss anything about the procedure and don’t be afraid to ask questions!
For more information on lip fillers and advice on which treatment is best for you, please get in touch and we will be happy to help and advise you or book a free consultation with us. You can email us at [email protected] or call us on 01926 859988.
Bank Aesthetics provides lip filler treatments for patients in Coventry, Leamington and across Warwickshire and the Midlands.