Have you tried and discarded all the non-filler methods (aka makeup tips and beauty products) of getting juicy-looking lips? Perhaps you’re wondering if lip fillers are for you?

Plumped out lips are this year’s hot beauty treatment. But even though the procedure is considered a lunchtime treatment, here are the essentials of what you should know before making that appointment. 

The effects are reversible.

Right off the bat: lip fillers are not a permanent procedure. If you choose hyaluronic acid-based injections, you can have the procedure reversed with hyaluronidase that dissolves the hyaluronic acid quickly. Additionally, lip fillers only last for 4 to 6 months. So if you are unhappy with the results, wait long enough, and your lips will return to normal. To play it safe, opt for hyaluronic acid fillers, so that you can have the process reversed, just in case.

A note about filler types: Collagen-based fillers used to be the standard, but at present hyaluronic acid based fillers have become the more popular option, as the pout often achieves a more natural look over collagen.   

Your fillers will be as good as the doctor you choose.

Finding a board-certified doctor to administer the injections is key in being happy with the results. Do not go anywhere that does not come highly recommended. Look at online reviews and see if you can reach out to past customers. Or ask the clinic to see pictures of past work or testimonials from happy clients. If they have neither of these things available, that’s a warning sign that you should continue your search.

Allergies and cold sores are some of the risks.

Lip fillers are definitely on the low-risk end of the cosmetic procedures scale. But that does not mean they are completely risk-free. Make sure you tell your doctor up front of any allergies you have, as occasionally, injections can lead to a reaction. Also, if you are prone to cold sores, getting lip filler treatments could trigger them. So consider taking cold sore meds leading up to the treatment to ensure that doesn’t happen.

Other things to do to prepare for your lip filler appointment: up to a couple days before the procedure, avoid medications and foods that thin out the blood to minimize bruising to the mouth area. Blood-thinning ingredients include alcohol, caffeine, ibuprofen, aspirin, cinnamon, ginger, vitamin E, and even your multi-vitamins.

Know the look you are going for. 

The procedure itself is very quick, but what will take time is explaining what you want to your doctor. Try to do all your decision making before entering the clinic, as doing so under time pressure can lead to you feeling like you made your decision in haste. This is an expensive procedure to have buyer’s remorse over, so do your research beforehand on the look you are going for.

Some questions to think about that will help you determine what you want as well as give your doctor a clear idea of what you are going for:

  • Are you going for a natural look?
  • Do you want the change to be noticeable? Or dramatic?
  • What size of lips will work best for your face shape?

Keep in mind that if you are unsure about how much you want to amp up your lips, you can go in for small injections and come back for more later. 

Post-op bruising is normal.

Fuller lips are immediate after your injections—but hold off on the Instagram pouts and puckers for a couple of days so that the injection-site bump/swelling has time to fade.

—Emma Jean

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