Here’s what you should know before booking your lip injections in Burlington, Ontario

Today, natural-looking lip augmentation is painlessly and safely achieved with the use of dermal fillers, creating a subtle yet transformative result that can provide the ultimate boost of confidence.

Pout-plumping treatments that also address the shape and structure of the lips have become increasingly popular, as more people learn about lip fillers and how truly painless and natural-looking they can be – especially when performed by trained professionals like our Burlington doctors using hyaluronic acid (a substance that already occurs naturally in the body).

But with that being said, it’s important for any patient to be aware of potential side effects they may experience before committing to their lip fillers treatment. That’s why we’re here to shed some light on the subject – so keep reading if you’ve been considering a lip enhancing procedure for yourself.

What to expect following a lip fillers procedure

The most common side effect of lip fillers are mild swelling of the lips – in fact, essentially every patient who receives this treatment will experience some degree of this in the day to few days following their procedure. So, don’t feel alarmed if your lips appear more voluptuous than what you intended after your injections!

Typically, the lips will be at their most swollen during the first 2 days or 48 hours following treatment, and will then subside to their natural-looking enhanced level of plumpness. Oftentimes, lip filler will be applied in two separate doses to better assess the level of enhancement after this initial 48 hours.

This side effect is simply the body’s normal reaction to the hyaluronic acid binding with the skin’s natural water supply, leading to a temporary inflammation or puffing until the body is able to return to its natural balance. It is also common for this swelling to be accompanied by redness around the mouth in the areas where the doctor performed the dermal filler injections. This redness should also subside within three days, at the most. Mild bruising is also a potential side effect following treatment.

While it’s uncommon, if you do happen to experience any prolonged redness, or significant bruising or swelling of the lips or around the mouth, it’s important to bring this to the attention of a healthcare provider or medical professional immediately.

Furthermore, another potential side effect of lip fillers is the appearance of lumps and bumps. If you do see one or several lumps or bumps, it’s advised not to worry as this is likely benign and just a temporary result of swelling, bruising, or a hematoma at the injection site. Still, it’s a good idea to check with your doctor to ensure that these developments are not another type of complication, such as an infection or vascular block.

If lumps or bumps are determined by a professional to be no cause for concern, then you can expect for them to gradually resolve within one to two weeks. In the interim, you can help to minimize their appearance (and any swelling in general) through icing or applying a cold compress to the area.

About the more rare side effects of lip fillers

Although these potential side effects are far less common, it’s important for patients to still be aware that they could occur. These rarer complications of lip fillers include an allergic reaction to the filler, which usually presents with itching, in addition to the development of cold sores, and/or potential skin damage and scarring surrounding the area(s) of injection.

But perhaps the most severe (albeit extremely rare) side effect of a lip filler procedure would be a vascular occlusion, which occurs when there is blockage of the blood vessels. This is also the most problematic side effect, as vascular occlusion can lead to blood clots and ultimately, tissue necrosis (dead tissue) if the issue is not identified and addressed promptly.

To minimize the risk of vascular occlusion during lip filler treatment, you should always choose a plastic surgeon or injector with proper training, such as our doctor, Dr. Jared Nabeta. Having in-depth knowledge and understanding of the key anatomical facial structures is essential for any cosmetic physician or practitioner to inject or operate safely on the face.

An experienced injector will have an awareness of the location of blood vessels in the lips, and will be sure to inject the filler slowly and following aspiration – which will help to determine if the needle may have punctured a blood vessel going in. A trained practitioner will also be aware of the proper needle depth required to reduce the risk of vascular occlusion. Additionally, injecting very tiny amounts of filler at a single location can also play a role in minimizing risk, as well as using a blunt tip cannula vs. a needle.

Patient education helps to ensure a pleasant treatment experience

Nobody likes (nor deserves) surprises when it comes to any medical, plastic surgery or cosmetic procedure. That’s why we believe it’s important for our patients to be aware of the potential risks going into their lip fillers treatment, no matter how common or uncommon they may be – or no matter how minimal or severe.

Ready for your natural-looking plump lips debut?

Our doctors at Dr. Jared Nabeta would be thrilled to see you and (safely!) help you achieve the lip enhancement result of your dreams. Schedule your Burlington lip filler consultation with us today, and get that pout one step closer to plumped perfection.