Many of us aim to achieve a perfect pout. If you have tried lip plumpers or other at-home solutions, you may have decided that now is the time to go forward with lip injections.
While receiving lip injections is a non-invasive procedure, there are still some things that you should know before having it done.
DO take it easy after your procedure. Swelling and minor bruising is common after receiving lip injections. You might want to take a couple of personal days depending on what your line of work is to give the filler a chance to settle and for the swelling to dissipate. You should rest and use an extra pillow to keep yourself propped upright.
DON’T take blood thinners for the whole week before the procedure. Blood thinners are never a good idea for any type of procedure that you can have done, but in the case of lip injections, blood thinners will make any bruising that you receive far worse. Blood thinners include: aspirin, ibuprofen, and even fish oil.
DO stay hydrated. The dermal fillers that are used in lip injections will naturally pull in the water from your body to help it bond with the tissues within your lips. Because of this, staying hydrated will not only keep you healthier and make you feel better, but it will also help the healing process along.
DON’T exercise after you receive lip injections. Technically speaking, lip enhancement do not require any downtime. That being said, you should avoid exercising for at least 24 hours following a lip injection procedure. Increasing the blood flow to your face can cause swelling rather than helping it subside. Instead you should be taking it easy, sitting comfortably upright and icing your newly plump lips to keep the bruising away.
DO ice after the procedure. The ice will help reduce the swelling or prevent it when applied after a procedure. Having a cold compress on hand before you have the procedure done will save you the trouble of dealing with melting ice, and compresses are usually reusable.
DON’T drink any alcohol for at least a week before the procedure. In the same vein as blood thinners, alcohol will make your recovery worse, even if you are just drinking before the procedure. The bruising and risk of bleeding in general is higher if you imbibe alcohol in the days leading up to your procedure. You will also need to avoid alcohol for the week following the procedure to ensure that the healing process goes well and keep the inflammation down. Toast to your sexy smile after the recommended recovery time has passed as indicated by your doctor.
DO call your doctor if you have any concerns. If you are following the aftercare provided by your doctor, but still have questions about the treatment or recovery process, you should always call your doctor. You should have a follow-up appointment already scheduled, but if you are experiencing an adverse reaction or are just concerned, your doctor will at be able to ease your mind.