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What to Expect After Lip Injections: Frequently Asked Questions
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Jun 22, 2018

Injectable treatments can give your lips the full and attractive appearance you’ve always wanted. Here’s what you can expect during your office visit and in the weeks following the procedure.

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What are lip fillers made of?

In the past, doctors used fat cells and collagen to add volume and alter the shape of the lips, but those methods aren’t as common anymore.

Instead, you’ll most likely receive an injection containing hyaluronic acid, which is a substance that occurs naturally in the human body. It works by attracting and retaining moisture, which is what adds volume to your lips.

At the Breslow Center we generally use Juvéderm products, which are among the most popular and trusted injectables on the market.

Do lip injections hurt?

You will experience a mild pinch when the injection is performed. Some patients describe the sensation as being similar to a bee sting.

You may also feel some soreness and mild discomfort after the injection, although this generally subsides fairly quickly.

Will my lips look unnatural?

The amount of filler required will depend on the current size of your lips and your aesthetic goals. That said, our expert injectors always recommend that a lesser amount be used at first to avoid over-plumping.

Browse through our lip augmentation before and after photo gallery to see the outstanding results New Jersey lip augmentation patients have achieved at The Breslow Center’s Medical Spa.

These pictures can also serve as examples that you can refer to during your first consultation, thus helping our expert injectors assess your expectations.

What should I expect immediately following the procedure?

When you first walk out of the doctor’s office you may still feel a little numb from the local anesthetic that’s found in most fillers, so don’t be alarmed.

Also, some swelling will probably occur and make your lips look slightly bigger than you’d intended. If you can, just try to relax and take it easy for the first few hours after your injection.

Note that if possible, it’s best to avoid supplements medications that thin the blood (including Aspirin) a few days before and after your injections.

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How long does the swelling last?

Most patients report that swelling peaks in the 24-48 hours following the procedure, and that it then begins to subside. Mild bruising is also a regular part of the process.

The soreness, swelling and bruising should be entirely gone within one or two weeks, after which you will see the final results of your injections.

You may wish to schedule a follow-up with your injector at this point to assess your results and address any concerns you may have.

How long do lip fillers last?

Depending on your body type and the kind of filler used, lip injections generally last four to six months, after which new injections will be needed in order to maintain your results.

When you return for your next visit, use this time to speak with your injector about your needs and the experience you had with the last filler. If you were happy with the outcome, you’ll likely get the same type of injection.

Final thoughts

Lip fillers can take you far when your goal is to enhance the look of your lips by boosting their volume. A skilled injector will not only increase the size of your lips, but can even bring subtle changes to their shape.

The look you’ve been dreaming about is closer than you think, and getting started is easier than ever before!

To find out more about lip fillers and other injectable treatments, contact our New Jersey medical spa today.

About the Author

Dr. Gary Breslow, MD, FACS

Dr. Gary Breslow, MD, FACS

Is a highly regarded plastic surgeon in Paramus New Jersey, known by both patients and peers as a problem-solver with a warm, engaging personality, and an instinctive ability to identify and truly understand the goals of his patients and the patients, themselves. Dr. Breslow has dedicated his efforts to providing results of only the most unsurpassed quality, continually staying abreast of the most advanced techniques in cosmetic surgery for the benefit of his patients. Dr. Breslow is Board-Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and is licensed to practice plastic & reconstructive surgery in both New Jersey and New York.

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