Lip injections have grown in popularity tremendously over the past few years, thanks to celebrities and actresses who have modeled their sexy pouts on the red carpet, in films, and in magazines. Women of all ages and backgrounds desire full, youthful lips that will enhance their smile and boost self-confidence. If you are considering lip injections, read on. Even though there is no downtime, there are a few guidelines to consider both before and afterward.

What are the DOs after lip injections?

  • Do have realistic expectations for your results.
  • Do go with gradual enhancement rather than a huge jump in lip size right away.
  • Do expect some minor discomfort. Even though most lip fillers come with a built-in anesthetic, the lips are a highly delicate and sensitive area, so you may feel some tenderness.
  • Do use ice on your lips after your session. Ice can help reduce bruising as well as swelling.
  • Do sleep with your head slightly elevated. You can use an extra pillow to prop your head up. This helps to prevent excess swelling in the lips.
  • Do be patient before judging your final results and give your lip filler at least a week to settle in.
  • Do schedule your lip injections well before a major event or appearance. It may take up to 14 weeks for your swelling to completely dissipate.

What are the DON’Ts after lip injections?

  • Don’t use aspirin, St. John’s Wort, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (like ibuprofen,) high-dose vitamin E supplements, or excessive alcohol prior to getting lip injections, as it may increase your risk of bruising and bleeding.
  • Don’t touch, massage, or disturb your lips in any way after treatment. This can compromise your newly voluminous lip contours.
  • Don’t use a straw or kiss anyone for 24 hours after your session.
  • Don’t schedule your lip filler appointment within 2 weeks of any dental work.
  • Don’t get a facial massage for 2 weeks after your lip injections.
  • Don’t do any vigorous athletic activities for the first 24 hours.
  • Don’t attend large events right after lip injections, as it may take some time for your swelling and bruising to diminish. Within a week or two, you’ll be feeling up to socializing.
  • Don’t worry about swelling and bruising. These are perfectly normal side effects after injections, and because the lips are so delicate, the symptoms may be exasperated.
  • Don’t expect your results to last indefinitely. Lip fillers typically last 6-9 months, at which point you can repeat your treatment to help maintain your new ultra-feminine look.
  • Don’t get lip fillers if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What is the takeaway?

Lip injections may be a quick and easy way to maximize your beauty and self-confidence, but it’s still important to follow certain rules and instructions that are in place to protect your health and safety. The biggest “do” for your treatment, of course, is to just enjoy your fabulous new look and all the compliments you will receive on your supple, alluring smile.

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