Lip fillers are a fantastic way to elevate the appearance of your smile. As well as helping shape and sculpt your lips, lip fillers can also add volume and symmetry, and can also treat lines and wrinkles around the smile.
In this post, our experts here in Leamington Spa talk about lip filler results and aftercare, so you have complete peace of mind when you visit our dental practice for treatment.
Is there any pain?
First and foremost, our patients often ask us if the procedure is painful – both during the treatment itself, and in the hours, days and weeks afterwards. Lip fillers, thankfully, are a minimally-invasive treatment. All it takes is a few quick, but carefully-placed injections, to create lasting results. Numbing agents can also help prevent pain, and of course, the fine needles we use make the process more comfortable.
After your lip filler treatment, you may experience some swelling, bruising and tenderness – but over-the-counter pain relief can usually help manage this, and you can also use an ice pack on the area (follow our instructions for this).
What are the side-effects of lip fillers?
It’s really common to experience the symptoms we mentioned above. However, in rare cases, it’s possible to develop an infection or for the lip filler to appear ‘lumpy’ in the lips. An expert can help carefully and comfortably massage this for you, and in many cases, any lumps settle on their own. We wouldn’t ask our patients to try doing this, however. Finally, allergic reactions can occur in very limited cases, but using hyaluronic-acid based fillers mitigates this, as the substance naturally occurs in the body.
What should I avoid?
Our experts will give you detailed aftercare advice following any treatment at our Leamington Spa dental practice. However, we can give a rough guide to some points to follow after lip fillers in today’s post:
- Don’t touch or rub the area – this could cause infection. Make-up should be avoided for around 24 hours, for the same reason.
- Take care with hot foods and drinks, if the area has been numbed, in the hours following your appointment.
- Don’t have any heat treatments (spas, saunas etc) as these can cause swelling.
- Take gentle exercise. Strenuous exercise could also cause swelling.
- Use sun protection on your lips – most lip products nowadays contain at least SPF15.