While learning to embrace your natural features is always important, there are some instances where cosmetic treatments or products can help give you a little added boost of confidence when you need it. People undergo cosmetic procedures for a variety of different reasons. In the case of lip fillers, it may be because they want their lips to correct asymmetry, to soften fine lines and wrinkles or simply to add volume and definition.
While it’s not uncommon for people to bring reference photos to their appointment, it’s generally best to choose one that accentuates your natural beauty. For example: Kylie Jenner’s lip fillers suit her because they honor the shape of her natural lips, whereas attempting to imitate the exact shape of her lips on someone else could look unnatural and even odd.
It’s important to note that while there are many positive reasons for altering your appearance, keeping up with trends is not one of them, especially if it involves procedures that are difficult to undo or even irreversible.
Fortunately, this is no longer the case for lip fillers. At one time, collagen lip fillers were the main option available, but if you disliked the results you would have to wait a period of at least four to six months for them to dissolve. Newer generations of fillers are made from hyaluronic acid (HA), a skin-plumping humectant (meaning it holds moisture) occurring naturally in the body which can be dissolved if no longer desired.
If you have decided lip fillers are for you, it’s likely that you’re keen to book your appointment straight away, but while lip fillers are considered a non-invasive procedure, they still require a little planning and research.
In addition to side effects and potential allergies to any of the ingredients in the formula used, the dangers associated with unlicensed practitioners are significant: infection, injury, illness and even permanent scarring. Here are a some important points to consider before booking your appointment:
Work from an unlicensed or inexperienced practitioner not only risks poor results, but it may also impact your health. In addition to checking your practitioner’s portfolio You can find out whether they are board-certified via the ABC (American Board of Cosmetic Surgeons). It’s also worth noting the level of care: if you feel rushed, uncomfortable or if you are not given a full consultation, it is perfectly acceptable to take your business elsewhere.
Ask your practitioner whether there’s any preparation you need to do prior to treatment. Avoid taking anything that acts as a blood thinner in the week running up to your appointment, as this can worsen any post-injection bruising. For aftercare, an icepack can help soothe temporary swelling (this typically lasts a day or so), but avoid drinking from straws or drinking hot liquids. If it’s scalding, your mouth may still be numb and you won’t be able to tell if it is burning you.
If you are based in the Midwest, The Luxe Room has clinics based throughout the region, offering a range of treatments including their own range of lip fillers, ranging from half to full syringe (full syringe available in Denver and Boulder).
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