Well, let me just say, as a nurse practitioner and an experienced injector, with an artistic eye, I get so jealous when my patients leave after I complete a lip filler on them because, I personally, WANT their lips!!
I’m OBSESSED with achieving my clients desired lip goals. Of course, a consult with me prior will provide proper education before anything, this also can be completed the day of injection. I love to educate patients on the different types of dermal fillers available, such as Juvederm and Restylane, both are hyaluronic acid fillers and are very comparable. There is a variety of viscosity of fillers to choose from, based upon patient anatomy, safety, lip desire, as well as patient outcome. Lip fillers can last anywhere from 3-12 months based upon the product used and patient metabolism.
Many interventions for comfort are discussed before the procedure such as relaxation air or laughing gas, similar to what you may receive at the dentist. Also, topical numbing cream is amazing and works fast. A little lidocaine injection can be given prior to the lip injections as well. Everything is so individualized per patient-specific requests to provide maximum comfort.
I have to admit, I love it when my patients abstain from drinking alcohol for 24 hours before the dermal filler procedure, as well as after, as this will reduce the amount of bruising, swelling, and inflammation. Also let me remind everyone to stop any blood-thinning agents such as ibuprofen, fish oil, vitamin E and to start Arnica before and to continue after treatment. Arnica prevents bruising, discomfort, inflammation, reduces swelling and promotes healing. Swelling occurs after procedure so I recommend to Ice and NOT to LOVE or HATE your lips for one full week, as it may take this long to see the total result.
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