What Is Lip Filler?
"Lip filler" is a commonly asked question. Lip filler is a cosmetic procedure in which various substances are injected into the lips to make them fuller and more defined. Typically, natural substances found in the body, such as hyaluronic acid, are used. This procedure is performed to increase lip volume, shape the lip contour, and reduce fine lines.
How Is Lip Filler Done?
So, how is lip filler done? Before the procedure, the most suitable shape for the lips is determined, and local anesthetic cream is applied. In very rare cases, local anesthesia may be administered. These steps ensure that the lips are numb. After waiting for the lips to numb, a thin needle, customized for the individual, is used to inject the filler substance into the areas of the lips where the procedure will be performed. During the procedure, the doctor periodically applies cold packs to the lips to minimize bruising or swelling after lip filler. Once the procedure is complete, an antibiotic-containing cream is applied to the lips.
When Is Lip Filler Applied?
Lip filler is applied to enhance the aesthetics of lips that are thin, lack volume, or have lost their definition. This procedure provides a more aesthetic appearance to individuals with lip shape irregularities.
Who Is Not a Candidate for Lip Filler?
This procedure, suitable for both men and women from the age of 18, is not recommended for the following individuals:
Pregnant and breastfeeding women
Individuals with bleeding disorders
Those with clotting disorders
Those with active autoimmune or rheumatological diseases
Those who are sensitive to the filler substance being used
Advantages of Lip Filler
The advantages of lip filler are as follows:
Body-compatible materials are used in the procedure.
There is a low risk of causing any side effects.
If the desired appearance is not achieved, lip filler can be dissolved.
Asymmetries in the lips are corrected with fillers.
Aging signs in lips with increased volume are reduced.
Lip area moisture is increased.
The effects of the procedure are visible shortly after and can be long-lasting, though they vary from person to person.
Lip Filler Techniques
There are different techniques for lip filler:
French Technique Lip Filler
In the French lip technique, the golden ratio between the upper and lower lips is maintained. This technique aims to give the lips a natural shape. To achieve more natural results, avoiding injecting the filler into the lip muscles and the area around the mustache is essential in this technique.
Russian Technique Lip Filler
In this technique, the filler material is injected vertically with fine-tipped needles. This helps the upper and lower lip lines curl slightly outward.
Precautions Before Lip Filler
Before getting lip filler, individuals take some precautions. Here are some steps you should also follow before lip filler:
Inform your doctor about the medications you are taking before the procedure.
Avoid using painkillers, blood thinners, and aspirin for two weeks before the procedure.
During this period, stay away from factors with blood-thinning effects such as alcohol, garlic, green tea, ginseng, fish oil, and vitamin E.
If you have an active cold sore in the area where the procedure will be performed, you should cancel the procedure. If you frequently experience cold sores, start taking antiviral tablets orally 2-3 days before the procedure.
Risks of Lip Filler
When done correctly with the right filler material and by experienced professionals, the lip filler procedure is painless and safe. However, even in the most precise application, some bruising and redness may occur due to the injection of needles into the sensitive lip area. These effects are normal and will fade on their own.
Post-Lip Filler Care
Following the advice given by the doctor after lip filler is crucial to maintain the long-lasting effects of the procedure. Here are some post-procedure care instructions:
For the first 24 hours after the procedure, do not apply lip balm, lipstick, or makeup remover to the lips. Do not wash the lips.
Avoid consuming very hot or cold drinks and food immediately after the procedure. Eating and drinking should be done 2-3 hours after the procedure.
Do not rub the lips when cleaning them.
Avoid all activities that apply pressure to the lips and could crush the newly applied filler.
Brush your teeth, but be cautious.
Refrain from vigorous chewing while eating.
You can start exercising on the second day.
For the first 1-2 hours after the procedure, do not excessively purse your lips.
Use lip moisturizer regularly for a week.
Consult with your doctor regarding smoking after lip filler.
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