All the celebrities have them and you want them – full, plump, luscious lips. They’re all over Instagram and in every magazine, but not something you usually have naturally. You’ve tried over-lining with lipstick and makeup, but nothing seems to cut it. Lip injections are a semi-permanent solution to your dilemma, but you don’t quite know what’s involved. Let’s break it down for you.
During your consultation, you’ll talk to Becky Hamilton, nurse practitioner, about your desired look. Be candid about what you want out of your treatment and your expectations from lip injections. She’ll go over all of your options and give you a customized treatment plan. You’ll also go over pricing, pre-care and post-care at the time of your consultation. Feel free to ask as many questions as you can. Becky and nurse practitioner, Leslie Janik, are there to help you and want to make you feel as comfortable as possible throughout your procedure.
There are various brands that have lip injections, the most common now being Juvederm®, Restylane® and Radiesse®. These popular fillers are made from the same base ingredient: hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body that bonds to water to increase moisture retention in the skin. When injected into the lips, it restores volume to give us the full, plump, sensual look we desire.
You had your consultation with Dr. Garcia, now it’s time to get your lips augmented! Becky or Leslie, will have you ice your lips before-hand to help numb the area and reduce any swelling that may occur. Once the area is numb, they’ll start to fill your lips. Injections are quick and painless, and your entire treatment should take less than 30 minutes to complete. There is no downtime after your procedure and you can go back to your daily activities immediately. There may be some swelling and bruising after your first time, but don’t worry. That’s perfectly normal and typically resolves by itself in a few days. It is recommended you ice periodically throughout the day. You can also take Arnica supplements before and after the procedure to minimize the swelling and bruising.
You should be able to see the results of your treatment immediately! After photos are taken, you can compare before and after filler. This treatment usually lasts six to nine months. Your body will slowly start to metabolize the material, so you may need to come in for touchups or follow-up treatments in the coming months. Just be attentive to your lips and how they look and schedule your next appointment to regain volume when you feel necessary.
To learn more about lip injections or other cosmetic treatments offered at Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery, contact us to schedule your one-on-one consultation today. Dr. Garcia and his staff will make a customized plan for you to give you the look you’ve been dreaming of.