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All Your Questions About Lip Fillers, Answered

Kristina Cadwell  
December 29, 2020  
Dermal fillers are one of the most sought-after aesthetic procedures at our med spa! No wonder, because they can make you look younger, sexier, more beautiful. With litle to no downtime you can plump your lips, contour your cheeks and chisel your jawline. Say it, and fillers will do that! However, their appeal also means that there are so many things people are not so certain about. We’ve been writing about fillers and comparing them with other treatments, in addition to explaining them as thoroughly as we could. But people still come up with questions. We rounded some of the questions we’re asked about fillers, and we hope these answers help you decide that fillers are what you want!

How Long Do Lip Fillers Last?

There are several dermal fillers available on the market, and we inject fillers from three big families – The Allergan Juvederm family, the Galderma Restylane family and the Revanese Versa family. How long fillers will last depends on different things, such as the composition of the filler, where it is injected and how quickly your body breaks it down and absorbs it. Generally speaking, though, fillers usually around twelve months. There are also a few collagen biostimulators on the market that we use to create volume, Sculptra and Radiesse. Unlike other hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, these injectables help the body build its own collagen, and can last up to two years. As a rule of thumb, if you want to maintain your results, it is recommended to come in for an injection touch-up every 6 months, as per your injector’s advice.

Can You Get Dermal Fillers While Breastfeeding? And What About Getting Dermal Fillers While Pregnant?

This is not the best idea. Not because the fillers will necessarily harm your baby, but because we don’t know whether they will. Better be safe than sorry! Dermal fillers have not been tested for safety in pregnant and breastfeeding women, so we don’t know if there is any effect of the fillers on unborn and breastfeeding babies. We also don’t know how the mother’s body will accept this volume placement when her body if on high alert and focused on building life so, if any of these two situations applies to you, let your injector know so you can work out a different treatment for your wrinkles and folds.

Can Fillers Go Wrong?

Plain and simple, yes, they can. But the full answer is not plain and simple. Fillers complications are more likely to occur in two major cases: when you have certain preconditions that you didn’t warn your injector about, or when you go to an injector that’s not certified and experienced. People are enticed by the low prices of certain injectors and want to pay less – but there is a reason why some procedures are costly in reputable clinics such as ours. Please don’t compromise your beauty and, more importantly, your health, by opting to save a couple of hundred dollars.

Can You Put Filler in the Forehead?

If you want to address your forehead lines, Botox or a different brand of the same or similar neurotoxin is the path you usually want to take. Wrinkles that occur due to movement – a forehead wrinkle or wrinkles around the eyes – are best treated with Botox. After Botox is in place, a small amount of dermal filler can be used to correct deep wrinkles but filler injection in the forehead comes with risks and is usually the last resort.

Can You Feel Fillers in Your Lips?

No. Or more accurate, you shouldn’t! Once the pain and bruising from the injecting subside, you shouldn’t be able to feel anything, just your natural, smooth lips. If you do feel the filler, or if it appears lumpy, it may be the result of an injector who lacks experience and has injected the filler too close to the surface of the lips or it may be a result of filler not properly integrating into the tissue. Going to a reputable, experienced injector and avoiding filler injection when you are sick will decrease the likelihood of this happening.

Can You Eat After Lip Fillers?

Yes! You can eat immediately after lip injections! The real issue here is whether you can eat really hot or cold food. You are likely to be still numbed in the lips from the numbing cream, so avoid too hot and cold food because they may hurt your lips, and you won’t feel them being too hot or cold. The day after you can eat anything.

How Long After Lip Fillers Can I Fly?

One week is okay. We encourage people to wait for seven days after their filler injection because during your flight, you will be exposed to decreased cabin pressure. This can worsen your swelling and bruising, especially if you are already prone to these side effects of the injection. Additionally, the air in the aircraft is relatively dry, and fillers can attract the water from your skin and further dehydrate it. If you know you will be traveling, schedule your fillers in advance. Better safe than sorry!

Can Dermal Fillers Cause Cancer?

No! Rest assured, no filler can cause something as severe as cancer.

Can I Exercise After Fillers?

Not too early, please. Moving fast, being in a room full of sweating people, or just doing any strenuous exercise may have a risk of infection. Wait for a week to be on the safe side. Don’t worry, your body cannot change too much in a week, nor will you lose strength so quickly. After all, walking is always fine.

Can Fillers Remove Under-Eye Bags?

Yes! Fillers can be used in this area to lighten it, to make it look brighter and plumper. If you’re in Phoenix, give us a call to schedule a comprehensive consultation about the type of filler that is best for you.

Can Fillers Cause Blindness?

Blindness is indeed the worst possible outcome of fillers. Now, before you freak out, let us tell you that it is extremely rare, and there are ways to reduce the risk, which all experienced injectors know. Blindness can happen if the filler is by mistake injected into an artery. Experienced injectors have in-depth knowledge of the anatomy of your face. They know where arteries should be, which is how they reduce their chance of injecting into them.

Can Fillers Ruin Your Face?

Well, this depends on what you consider “ruining.” Is it too much filler and a face that doesn’t resemble yours anymore? Opt for an experienced and responsible injector who will always tell you whether you are making the right choice. At Vibrant Skin Bar, we don’t want to sell as much filler as possible: we want to enhance your natural beauty.

How Long After Filler Can You Have a Facial?

Not too soon, please. It’s best to wait to have a facial 2–4 weeks after your filler injection. This will allow the filler to settle and give your skin time to heal.

Can Fillers Fix a Crooked Nose?

Yes! This is another job that fillers can do quite successfully. Sometimes filler can reshape the nose without the need for surgery (and general anesthesia, and pain and downtime). Fillers can add to the sharp angles. This procedure is sometimes referred to as “liquid rhinoplasty” and is the perfect non-surgical procedure!

Can You Get Permanent Lip Fillers?

Yes, but we don’t advise anyone to get them. We’re sorry to be the bearers of bad news but permanent fillers come with a plethora of risks. It’s best to stick with hyaluronic acid dermal fillers in the lips and if you love your filled lips, you will have to come in again for another treatment when they wear out, which they will.

Can Fillers Migrate?

Fillers can migrate. Improper depth placement and product selection by injectors who don’t have a good understanding of how fillers work and how they should be injected increases this risk. Always go to trusted licensed and experienced injectors who use well-known brands of dermal fillers.

How Long After Lip Fillers Can You Kiss?

We know you want to use your beautiful lips to kiss your loved ones right away, but that’s not the best idea. Massaging your lips after the procedure, which is what kissing essentially is, should be avoided for 2 weeks post-injection. Be gentle and don’t touch your lips – neither with your fingers nor with lips that belong to someone else!

Can You Smoke Straight After Lip Fillers?

It’s best to avoid smoking right after the fillers. Try abstaining from cigarettes for up to 24 hours. Of course, you may consider stopping. You know everything about the effect of smoking on your health, so we won’t bother you!

How Long After Lip Fillers Can You Wear Lipstick?

If you want to cover the bruising, you may use a darker shade of lipstick, but wait 24 hours before wearing lipstick. Remember, lipstick also counts as pressure, and applying praessure to freshly injected lips should be avoided. Additionally, choose a brand new piece to minimize the risks of infections, and you’re good to go!

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