The year is 2020. Hot trends include 90s claw clips, TikTok, oversized sweaters, and soft pillowy lips. Kylie Jenner was primarily responsible for elevating lip filler procedures from something one kept an open secret to one of the most popular augmentation procedures in the game.
If you’re reading this, you’ve likely been marinating on getting it done yourself. Maybe you’ve seen a girlfriend’s results and loved it. Maybe you’ve been obsessively scrolling through before and after photos on Instagram.
But you’re unsure.
Maybe you’ve even taken that first step and (anxiously) booked your appointment. You likely have questions like: is it safe? Is it expensive? Will I look unnatural? We’re going to unpack that today.
Types of lip filler
One of your first considerations should be what type of lip filler you want. There are permanent and semi-permanent options, but note that there aren’t many dermatologists or plastic surgeons that would recommend a permanent procedure to a beginner.
Most temporary fillers are composed of hyaluronic acid (HA) and are the popular choice for natural-looking plumping procedures. HA is safe and naturally occurs in the body. It binds to moisture and can hold 1000 times its weight in water. It gently dissolves within six months to a year but doesn’t make the lips look unnatural or saggy while dissolving.
HA is also quickly counteracted by the enzyme hyaluronidase, making the procedure reversible.
HA can cause temporary mild side effects like itching, swelling, and redness. These normally last no longer than a week.
Finding your perfect pout
Commonly, clients bring in photos of their desired lip shape. There are also thousands of reference photos online of lip types, which will help you put a name to the shape.
Many medical aesthetic clinics have lookbooks that provide before and after photos of past clients. This helps instill confidence in the clinic and gives you a realistic idea of what you can expect. For reference, the experts at Markham based Miracle Beauty Cosmetic Boutique feature a stunning before and after photo gallery.
It’s important to note that every face is different, so don’t expect your results to be the same as your favorite pic. Most clinics will start you off slowly, with a few strategic injections to suit your taste without overwhelming you.
Price point prep
Lip fillers aren’t the most expensive augmentation procedure out there, but the price tag is still not small. The price range is around 600 to 900 dollars, but it can climb to 2000.
Bear in mind that if you like your results, you’ll have to pony up for follow up appointments too.
Before your appointment & aftercare
About a week before your procedure, take care of yourself by eating well and avoiding fish oil capsules, alcohol, and painkillers like ibuprofen. These are blood thinning agents, which can encourage bruising and irritation around the injection site.
Afterward, you’ll be numb and a bit swollen – but not incapacitated. You can ice the area if it’s swollen but you don’t need to sit on the couch with frozen broccoli for hours. As well, while you’ll be a teetotaller before your appointment, a celebratory (small) glass or two of wine after shouldn’t be cause for concern.
Be sure to avoid activities that will encourage blood flow to the face, like a facial or a workout.
Ultimately, listen to your body and always follow the advice of your doctor.
It’s highly recommended that you book a consultation at a medical aesthetics clinic ahead of your appointment.
Working with a professional beforehand will ease any anxieties you might have and will help them provide you with a personalized experience. If you’re based in Ottawa, get in touch with the pros at Medical Aesthetics Canada for their complimentary consultation.
Remember that your dermatologist or plastic surgeon is there to help you get the results that you want, so relax and have fun with it!
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