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How long do lip fillers last

How long do lip fillers last?

Lip filler is one of the most common types of dermal filler which aims to increase or restore lip volume, smooth wrinkles developed on the sides of the mouth as you smile or laugh, and delay the aging process effect on the lips.

What is Lip filler?

Lip filler is a type of dermal filler injection that is used to add volume to the lips to enhance their beauty and provide the face with a more attractive look. Lip filler consists of hyaluronic acid which is a synthetic form of a natural substance in your body. There are many different commercial brands of lip filler which vary in cost, effectiveness, and how results last.

Why lip filler?

Many people are highly motivated to get dermal filler injections to increase the size of their lips for many reasons, including:

  • Restoring a previous lip size since as you age, you lose your lip volume as a result of genetic factors, smoking, sunlight damaging effects, or normal aging signs.
  • While it doesn’t stop the aging process, it helps delay the need for more invasive lip augmentation surgical procedures such as lip implants or lip lifts.
  • Correcting the shape of your lips especially if you think they are asymmetrical which is common.
  • Smoothing wrinkles on the sides of your mouth when you smile or laugh.
  • Boosting confidence, dermal filler injections for the lips can help enhance your self-esteem and face image.

Are you the best candidate?

Getting a lip filler injection is a personal decision, and since it’s a safe, noninvasive intervention, you might be highly motivated to get it. To be considered for dermal filler injection for your lips you should:

  • Have a good physical health.
  • Be realistic in your expectations regarding the final results.
  • Free from any active oral infection, including herbal sores or cold sores.
  • Be at least 21 years since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not approve the use of lip filler for those under the age of 21.

How common is dermal filler injection?

Dermal filler procedure is anon invasive cosmetic procedure that enhances your beauty through a very easy procedure. Lip filler is the most popular dermal filler in Egypt, recently, healthcare providers in Egypt performed over a million lip filler procedures annually.

How long do lip fillers last?

Results you would obtain by dermal filler injection for your lip last from 12 to 18 months according to your age and your metabolic rate which is the rate your body breaks down calories to get energy. Younger ages tend to burn calories faster than older ages, so lip fillers don’t last as long as olders.

How long do lip fillers last
How long do lip fillers last

Who should perform the dermal filler?

Search for a board-certified dermatologist or a plastic surgeon and don’t get the filler injection by unqualified persons in the beauty centers.  Board-certified experts either dermatologists or plastic surgeons have the necessary training to deal with filler injections including possible complications that might occur.

If you get lip filler from non experienced healthcare provider, you might destroy your lips, might permanently stretch, the tissue surrounding the lips may die, the filler may harden or infection may affect injection sites.

How to prepare for a lip filler procedure?

Once you decide to get a lip filler, your healthcare provider will assess many factors during the first consultation, including:

  • Your social and mental health conditions.
  • Reasons motivated you to get lip filler.
  • Your expectations.
  • The shape of your face, Your provider will also take photographs of your lips and face for the medical record.
  • Your general health, The provider will evaluate your general health condition including any chronic diseases, risk factors, or allergies.
  • Your current medications include prescribed, non-prescribed, or herbal supplements.
  • Ask your provider about helpful pictures to help you to imagine the expected results.

 Lip filler procedure steps

The whole procedure would take from 30 minutes to two hours, and it would pass through the following steps:

Topical anesthesia

Your provider will apply local anesthesia after performing an allergy test to numb your lips so you won’t feel any pain and feel comfortable with the process, It takes about 15 to 30 minutes and your lips will be numb.

If you have an allergy to the used local anesthesia, your provider will give you a nerve block injection to numb the lips.

Filler injection

  •  Lip filler is applied by a thin needle injected into selected or all parts of the lips, including the lip’s edges, the curve in the center of the upper lip, and the corners of the mouth.
  •  You won’t feel any pain except for some pinching sensation.
  • The board-certified physician accurately calculates the filler dose and the depth of injection on your skin to ensure the best outcomes.
  • The provider may apply an ice pack to the lips throughout the procedure to minimize swelling and bruising.
  • After you complete your procedure, your physician will gently massage your lips to ensure the full absorption of the filler.

Post-lip filler procedure

After the procedure is complete, you will be closely monitored by your physician for up to 15 minutes to ensure you don’t experience any complications or side effects, which might include substantial bleeding, dizziness, or nausea.

Once your physician determines that you no longer require monitoring,  you will go home at the same time, The local anesthesia won’t make you drowsy, so you can drive yourself home. Your physician will schedule a follow-up appointment two weeks after to monitor your lips.

The lips may be swollen, bruised, and sensitive these effects usually go away after 24 to 48.

Tips to be followed post-lip filler procedure

The following tips you have to follow for quick healing and to preserve your lip filler results:

    • Apply an ice pack for 10 minutes regularly to reduce inflammation, swelling, and pain.
    • Avoid applying lipstick, lip balm, or any other product on your lips.
    • Avoid touching or kissing.
    • Be careful while brushing your teeth.
    • Drink plenty of water.
    • Avoid exercising for 24 hours.

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