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I have worked as a receptionist at a popular cosmetic surgery office for the past ten years, and I have seen every type of cosmetic surgery and recovery that you could imagine. Unfortunately, some patients are much better at choosing their procedures than others. For example, we had one patient that opted to have ten nose jobs in a row, which lead to a deformed bridge and a super tiny nose tip. Unfortunately, when she came back a few months later to have the problem corrected, the doctors didn't have enough tissue to work with. On my website, you will learn how to decide which procedures are right for you, so that you aren't left regretting your decisions down the road.

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All About Lip Injections: What To Expect And What The Risks Are

by Michelle Austin

In the social media age, fillers and implants seem to be all the rage. Cosmetic injection procedures are a popular choice among people of all ages. Lip fillers are one common cosmetic injection. Lending the lips a fuller, more youthful appearance has long been desired by customers from all backgrounds. Knowing what to expect (and doing thorough research before going through with it) can help mitigate any anxiety surrounding the process.

What Happens During the Procedure?

Hyaluronic acid is the most popular ingredient to use for lip fillers. Different brands of filler achieve different results and can be discussed with the doctor before the procedure in order to determine which will be the best choice. The doctor will typically discuss goals for the procedure and what type of general lip shape is desired by the client before they start the procedure. Before the procedure, a topical numbing cream may be used to minimize pain. This will typically be applied with a gloved hand or a cotton swab.

When the injections themselves are performed, the area may be lightly massaged or tapped to disperse the filler throughout the area under the skin as it is injected. Spots of blood may sometimes leak from the lips during this time; this is normal and is easily wiped away. The bleeding usually stops fairly quickly. Many patients report minimal or no pain from the injections. The area is then massaged more once all the filler has been dispensed into the lips, again in order to assure the product is evenly distributed.

Soreness and sometimes bruising is to be expected immediately after the injections. It may be advisable to take a day or two off from work if arising questions are undesirable. Numbness may remain for a short time afterward, but if it persists for too long, it is best to visit a doctor. The results can typically be expected to last for around a year after the procedure, at which point a follow-up injection is recommended to keep the "full" appearance of the lips.

What Are the Risks Involved?

Though there are many visual and confidence-related pros to getting the lips done, there are inherent risks:

  • Scarring in the lip area
  • Infection that presents as redness, or soreness
  • Visible lumps under the skin of the lips
  • Itching

Though every cosmetic procedure has risks, many patients are happy with the final results as long as they have done thorough research and gone to a reputable establishment. For more information on cosmetic injection procedures like lip fillers, contact a local cosmetic doctor.

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