We’ve been in the industry for quite a few years, and been asked thousands of questions. So we’ve collated the most comprehensive list of the top 27 questions we get asked about lip injections.
How many types of lip fillers are there?
This is a bit tricky to answer because the Therapeutic Goods of Australia prohibits publicly naming products. However, there are many brands on the market, and within those brands many products. We use only Galderma products, which are known as the top products available in the world.
Can you reverse lip injections?
Yes, when you see a reputable cosmetic injector, they should know how to reverse your lip injections should something go wrong, or even if you decide you don’t like them. Make sure you ask if they’re trained in how to do this and if the product they use is in fact dis-solvable.
How do find a good injector?
In Australia, and many other parts of the world, the industry is becoming flooded with Cosmetic Injectors thinking it’s a glamorous industry or thinking they can make some quick money. The reality is cosmetic injecting requires an aesthetic eye and passion for job. Ask your injector how long they’ve been injecting, do your research on the clinic, don’t just go for best price, ask what product they use and what training they’ve had. We send our injectors to training every few months and offer in house, external, national and international training opportunities for our staff. For more information on this, check out our blog on 8 things you need to know before getting lip injections.
What are the risks of lip fillers?
When you use an experienced injector and quality products you reduce your risks, however that doesn’t mean they are without risks. Bruising, infection and occlusion are all risks of treatment. Talking to your injector about these will help you understand these issues and you can decide whether lip injections are for you.
What do lip fillers cost?
Dermal filler injections can range from $199-$1500 for 1ml. It depends where you go and what product they’re using. We charge $379 for 1ml, the same product elsewhere retails for $589+ does this mean they are better injectors? No, our profit margins are very low, and not at all sustainable for most companies.
How big will my lips get?
This depends mostly on your own body. 1ml is quite a nice and natural amount. A lot of people think they will have a trout pout if they get lip injections, but this look requires a lot of product, think 3-5mls, sometimes more. Take a look at some of our before and afters.
How long do lip fillers last?
Depending on what product you have in your lips is the best determination of longevity. Ask your injector what products they have and the longevity of them. A good product will have clinical trials and a good indication of how long they last. Other factors such as your metabolism will also come into play and may alter the longevity of your filler.
What’s the difference between thick and thin filler?
You may have heard the terms thin or soft and thick or hard filler. Thin filler is a softer product that gives a more natural looking result, but generally does not last as long. Thick filler is a stronger product that lasts longer than a thin filler but in some areas, can look more obvious.
Should I do any preparation for lip injections?
You don’t have to, but you can if you want. We advise people avoid fish oil, green tea, tumeric, asprin and glucosamine for 2 weeks prior to having lip fillers. You should also avoid alcohol for 48 prior and also exercising a few hours before your appointment.
What kind of pain relief is there for lip fillers?
Most clinics will offer a topical numbing cream. This usually isn’t an over-the-counter numbing cream and is a specially formulated strong numbing cream. Quality products also contain anesthetic, so start numbing as soon as they’re injected, and a good injector will also know how to administer a nerve or dental block if you’re particularly concerned about the pain.
Can you just have one lip injected?
Well yes, but it can look a little funny. Most people have a larger bottom lip than their top lip so think that they should just get the top lip injected, but just injecting the top lip usually throws about the projection of the lips. So it’s best to get both done, but what your injector will do is put the majority of the product in the top lip and the rest to balance out the bottom lip so they look nice and natural.
How long do lip injection results take?
You will be able to immediately see the results of your treatment, but there will also be a bit of swelling present. This will tend to subside over the next 48-72 hours, but there will be residual swelling for a few weeks. Most people actually love this stage.
Will I bruise with lip fillers?
Bruising is really person dependent. A good injector will be able to avoid bruising for the most part, but not even the most experienced injector can guarantee you won’t bruise. If you bruise easily, it’s likely you will bruise when getting lip injections.
What can I do about bruising?
If you have received a bruise during your lip filler appointment, you can apply ice on and off for 5 minute intervals. Taking arnica tablets and using arnica cream will also help. For any clients we bruise, we offer complimentary LED sessions to help speed up the healing process.
How much swelling will I have?
Swelling is going to happen to everyone, and every person’s body reacts differently and so, swelling will be different for everybody as well. One product we have is designed for minimal swelling, so if you’re someone who swells a lot, you can opt for this product.
Is there any downtime with lip fillers?
You will be a little swollen and possibly bruised after your lip fillers. We recommend taking it easy for 24-48 hours post lip injections.
Can I exercise after having lip injections?
You can, but you run the risk of causing bruising. It won’t change or damage your lip fillers, but exercise gets the blood flowing, which can cause bruising.
What do lip fillers feel like?
It really depends on what product you have. Some will feel quite soft and natural, others can feel stiff and hard. Most will feel stiff and hard for at least a month until it starts integrating with the surrounding tissue.
Do lip injections make your lips lumpy?
Poorly placed or bad quality products will indeed make your lips look and feel lumpy. Sometimes product can slip a bit and you will have some that may need to be extracted, but this will generally be a one off lump. If you have lots of lumps, you should go back to your injector…and perhaps research a better one for future treatments.
Are lip fillers permanent?
The lip fillers we use are all dis-solvable and reversible and break down over time. They’re made of a product found naturally in the body, so over time, they’re just absorbed.
You can get permanent lip fillers, but this is not something we ever recommend. As we age, and trends change, this filler doesn’t. It stays. It can often begin to break down in some areas and start to look lumpy and out of place. You also can’t have any other lip filler products if you’ve had permanent lip fillers. Worst of all, if you want them removed, you have to do so surgically!
Do lip fillers move?
A good quality product won’t move. An inferior product can track and move away from where it’s placed. You may have seen some people who look like they have a lump above their lip line, this is generally an indication they’ve had an inferior product which has spread elsewhere.
Do lip injections cause damage to your lips?
They can in the wrong hands, but in general, no they don’t. If you have lip injections then decide you don’t want to have them again, your lips will just go back to normal.
Are lip injections tested on animals?
I can’t speak for all brands, but the brand we use, do not test on animals and are not made from animal or animal byproducts.
Can I have lip fillers if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
Whilst the products are made from a natural product, they also contain anesthetic which can not be used while pregnant or breastfeeding. These products have also not undergone any testing during pregnancy or breastfeeding. While there are some places that will still perform these treatments on pregnant and breastfeeding women, it is our recommendation that you avoid these places, as it’s not something a reputable injector would do.
Do you have to see a Doctor for lip injections?
Yes & no. In Australia, you must have a consultation with a Doctor before having lip injections. You don’t have to go to your GP, your injector should have a Doctor either onsite, or that they Skype or video call. This is because dermal fillers are a Schedule 4 drug which require a Doctor’s prescription to administer. But as long as you have a consult with a qualified Doctor and your injector is at least a Registered Nurse, this is the fine.
What qualifications do you have to have to do lip injections?
The minimum requirements to perform lip injections is that a person is a Registered Nurse, you can check a persons registration on the AHPRA website. There are currently no formal requirements after this qualification to be a cosmetic injector. There are many courses available, however they vary in quality. That’s why it’s a good idea to go to a reputable clinic who offer intensive and frequent training.
Do I have to follow any aftercare for lip fillers?
Yes, it’s recommended you avoid: Make-up, exercise, sun, anything that makes you hot, red or sweaty for 24 hours.