Have you noticed that your lips significantly reduce in size in the weeks following your lip filler appointment?
Immediately after your treatment, your lips will be significantly swollen. Inflammation and swelling are common side effects of lip filler. This is a natural reaction of the body to the injection technique, which causes mild trauma to the lips. Swelling is also caused by the hyaluronic acid in the filler. When injected, the hyaluronic acid binds to the body’s natural water supply, causing the lips to temporarily puff up and swell until the body re-establishes its natural balance. All swelling should subside two weeks after your treatment.
Once the initial swelling has subsided, you will notice that your lips have reduced in size. At this stage most clients are very happy with the size of their lips. However, in the following weeks you may notice your lips keep on reducing in volume even further. What has happened to your lip filler? Has it disappeared? You may be wondering at this point, how long do lip fillers last?
Don’t panic! Your lips reducing in volume does not mean that the filler has disappeared. In reality, the filler has settled into your lips and formed a layer at the base. Each session of filler you have will build upon the last, gradually creating a build-up of product. Most clients will need 2-3 sessions of filler before there is a build-up, leaving no room left for it to sink. This creates a much fuller look which will last much longer. Despite your desire to achieve fuller lips quickly, you should not rush the process. Each session should be spaced around three months apart. Be patient, Rome was not built in a day! Like many times in life when being patient pays off in the long run, lip injections is one of these times.
Once you have created a build up of product, you will only need a top-up every 6-12 months to maintain the same fuller look, as the bottom layer of filler gradually dissolves. How regularly you need a top-up varies depending on the client and how fast the layers are dissolving in your lips. If you have a faster metabolism, are very active, drink a high amount of alcohol units or smoke, you will find that the filler will dissolve more quickly, and you will need a top-upmore frequently. Before beginning your lip injection journey, you should ask your practitioner any questions you may have about the process. They can answer all your queries and doubts, ensuing that you are well-prepared for the procedure and what you will experience afterwards.
Have you ever considered aesthetics training?
On our aesthetics courses, you will learn about the different layers of the skin and how this relates to helping your clients achieve a fuller look. We offer botox and filler courses for beginners, as well as dermal filler training and Botox training for medics. If you are already a qualified aesthetic Practitioner and looking to further develop your skills, our advanced lip filler course would be perfect for you. Contact us today for further information.