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8 Things to Know Before Getting Lip Injections

Standards of beauty are a harsh reality to face. You can blame social media all you want, but the truth is that full lips have been a fantasy for many women for a long, long time.

Lip injections are more than just a way to improve selfies. Yes, the rise of Instagram has resulted in a rise in lip injections and plastic surgeries — and big full lips have become the trend to aim for. But lip injections can also change the shape of your lips as well.

It’s difficult to talk about lip injections without mentioning their controversy as well. We’ve all seen absolutely jarring photos of “over injection” that have been burned into our brains. That’s why it’s essential to find the right facility with the right staff for you.

You want a natural result — and that’s exactly what you should get.

But before you go rushing in to get your lips done, there are some things you should know.

Preparation is key

First things first, you should know how big you want your lips. It will be pretty obvious is you decide to make a substantial change in size the first time around. That’s absolutely up to you.

That being said, overfilling is typically the fear for most that are getting lip injections. It’s much safer to have less than more.

To reduce the chances of bruising after the injections, refrain from anything that can act as a blood thinner for roughly a week before your appointment. This can include:

  • Aspirin
  • Alcohol
  • Aleve
  • Motrin
  • Vitamin E
  • Fish Oil
  • Multivitamins

Different fillers do different things

There are many different derma fillers out there today. We’re no longer confined by just one option (collagen). Today’s fillers utilize natural substances in our bodies to achieve a better, more organic result. This means less bumps or lumps.

The two most common fillers are Juvederm and Restylane.

Juvederm is typically used to achieve a more pillowy and youthful look

Restylane is typically used for a more subtle lip transformation

Choosing between the many different options can be tough, but it’s best to let your doctor decide. Depending on your needs, goals and specific lip shape — their recommendation comes with experience and much expertise.

You can bring a photo, but…

It’s difficult to ignore the glamorous photos and snaps of big beautiful lips and not say “I want exactly that.” To be honest, bringing a photo is entirely up to you. But when it comes to lips, everyone’s are different.

It’s like a hairstyle. You may really want a specific look, but your hair texture may restrict it or make it look less natural.

We recommend that you have a goal in mind that pertains exactly to you, and your lovely pair of lips. Come prepared to explain what you want and work with your doctor to achieve the result you desire.

It doesn’t last forever

Unfortunately, filler is not forever. The typical filler lasts roughly six months to a year. This depends on which lip injection filler you personally have, and your unique treatment. Everyone metabolizes differently, so there’s not much you can do to make the fillers last longer.

If you love the look of your lips, make sure you capture it with a bunch of photos so you can achieve the result again. This is a photo you can bring in to show them the next time, because it’s you after all.

Minimal after-care

Swelling goes down in a day or two then you’re free to go back to life as usual. Just as we recommended refraining from anything that can act as a blood thinner for a week before the treatment, it doesn’t hurt to refrain from those same things until the swelling goes down.

A cold pack will help with the swelling and any soreness, but you don’t need to keep ice all the time.

Refrain from drinking out of straws right away and avoid sipping hot beverages — it’ll save you from unnecessary soreness and burns. Give those lips some time to heal.

Go slow if you want to

Like we said before, over injection is something to avoid. Your doctor may recommend saving some Juvederm or Restylane from your syringe for later on if you want it. Or if they don’t, ask them if you can use what you have left over gradually.

This allows you to take a week or two and see how you look, see how you feel, and then decide if you want to add more.

What if I don’t like them?

Well, Juvederm and Restylane are considered temporary fillers. This means that if you really dislike the results of your treatment — you can get them dissolved.

Because these temporary fillers today are all hyaluronic-acid based, it simply takes hyaluronidase to dissolve the acid, quickly and safely reversing the results.

The most important thing is to be honest with your doctor before the treatment and honest with yourself afterwards. If you really love your new look — capture it and be sure to talk with your doctor about achieving the same result. If you aren’t happy with the result, be sure to get it taken care of.


Lip injections aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. With the new and improved front facing cameras, selfie games are only getting stronger — which means lips are here for the long haul.

At Spa MD we believe that under the watchful eye of our professional staff you can get a truly natural result. We give an individualized custom plan to each client, so no two lip injections are ever the same. If you’re interested in lip injections — contact us for a free consultation.

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