Lip Filler | Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Lip Filler | Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Lip Filler | Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Lip fillers = a popular cosmetic procedure, used to enhance the size and shape of the lips.

Here are some of the most frequent questions people ask Dr Gerda about lip fillers:

  • What are lip fillers? Lip fillers are injectable dermal fillers containing hyaluronic acid or other materials that are used to add volume and shape to the lips.
  • How do lip fillers work? Lip fillers work by injecting a gel-like substance into the lips to add volume and improve their appearance. They can also help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth.
  • Are lip fillers safe? When administered by a qualified and experienced healthcare professional, lip fillers are generally considered safe. However, there can be risks and side effects, so it's essential to choose a skilled practitioner.
  • What are the common areas treated with lip fillers? Lip fillers can be used to create a fuller upper lip, improve lip symmetry, and reduce the appearance of lip lines.
  • How long do lip fillers last? The results of lip fillers typically last between 6 months to a year. The longevity can vary from person to person.
lip filler stages
  • Does getting lip fillers hurt? Lip filler injections can be mildly uncomfortable, but most practitioners use topical anaesthetics or provide nerve blocks to minimise pain during the procedure.
  • What are the potential side effects of lip fillers? Common side effects can include temporary redness, swelling, bruising, and tenderness at the injection site. In rare cases, there may be lumpiness or unevenness, in which case, you should contact your practitioner immediately.
  • How long does it take to see results after getting lip fillers? The results of lip fillers are usually visible immediately, although there may be some initial swelling that subsides within a few days.
  • Can I eat and drink normally after getting lip fillers? After lip filler injections, it's recommended to avoid hot, spicy, or salty foods as well as alcoholic beverages for 24 to 48 hours. This can help reduce swelling and minimise discomfort.
  • Can I exercise after getting lip fillers? It's generally best to avoid strenuous exercise for 24-48 hours after lip filler injections to minimize swelling and the risk of complications.
lip filler before and after
  • Can lip fillers be dissolved or reversed? Yes, hyaluronic acid-based lip fillers can be dissolved using an enzyme called hyaluronidase. This allows for the reversal of the lip filler treatment if desired.
  • How much do lip fillers cost? The cost of lip fillers varies depending on factors like the type of filler used, the number of syringes required, and the geographic location. It's important to consult with a provider for accurate pricing.
  • Are there alternatives to lip fillers for lip enhancement? In addition to lip fillers, there are surgical procedures like lip implants or lip lifts that can be used for lip enhancement.
  • Can I get lip fillers if I have a history of cold sores? If you have a history of cold sores, it's essential to inform your provider. They may recommend antiviral medication to prevent an outbreak after the procedure.
  • How can I find a qualified lip filler provider? To ensure a safe and satisfactory experience, seek out a board-certified dermatologist, plastic surgeon or aesthetic doctor with expertise in lip fillers. You can also ask for recommendations and read reviews from previous patients.

Before getting lip fillers, it's crucial to consult with a healthcare professional to discuss your goals, potential risks, and the best approach for your unique situation.

If you'd like to consult with Dr Gerda about your own lips and the lip filler procedure, send her practice a Whatsapp message on +27 66 284 5866 or send an email to drgerda@aestheticlinic.co.za

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