The best filler for your lips will not only take into account the natural characteristics of your lips, but also the desired shape you would like. Some fillers spread more evenly than others, offering a very smooth, natural look without lumps or bumps. For this reason, hyaluronic acid fillers are a popular choice for adding volume to and reshaping the lips.
Prior to your lip filler appointment, it can be helpful to learn more about the types of fillers available, how to communicate your desired lip shape to your provider, and what you can do at home to help optimize your results.
Lip Filler Types
As mentioned above, hyaluronic acid filler is the preferred choice for the lips. These products generally spread evenly, can be fairly long-lasting, and can also be dissolved if you are unhappy with your results for any reason.
There are a variety of hyaluronic acid filler brands and types, including Juvederm Volbella and Restylane Silk. The best brand and type of HA filler for you will depend on your specific goals, natural lip anatomy, and personal preferences.
When describing your desired look to your provider, try to be as precise and detailed as you can. It is helpful to know some of the basic lip shapes and parts of the lips.
Common lip shapes include:
- Full lips are evenly full on the upper and bottom lips and have plump, yet natural-looking volume.
- Heavy upper lips are slightly fuller on the top than the bottom.
- Heavy lower lips are slightly fuller on the bottom than the top.
- Round lips are narrower from corner to corner but have a higher Cupid’s bow, resembling a circular shape.
- Heart-shaped lips are similar to round lips, but are slightly wider from corner to corner, creating a heart-shaped appearance.
- Bow-shaped lips have a wider angle from the Cupid’s bow to the corner of the lip, creating a slight upward turn at each corner.
- Wide lips are wider from corner to corner than full lips.
- Thin lips have a thinner upper and lower lip than full lips.
If you know what your natural lip shape is and the shape that you would like your lips to be after getting fillers, it will be easier to describe to your provider what your specific goals and expectations are.
How to Prep for Your Lip Filler Appointment
There are some things you can do on your own prior to your filler appointment to help ensure excellent results and minimal side effects:
- Stop taking supplements and medications that can thin your blood around 10 days before getting lip filler. Talk to your physician if you are currently taking prescription blood thinners.
- Let your provider know if you are prone to cold sores, as precautions can be taken to help minimize the chance that lip fillers could trigger a cold sore.
- Do not wear makeup to your appointment.
What to Do after Getting Lip Fillers
Here’s what you can do immediately after getting lip fillers to help minimize swelling and bruising and maximize your results:
- Talk to your provider about taking arnica and/or bromelain supplements, which may help to reduce bruising.
- Gently apply an ice pack wrapped in a towel or other barrier to reduce swelling.
- Avoid strenuous exercise for the first day or two after getting fillers.
If you are thinking about getting lip fillers but still have questions, feel free to contact us online or call our Boca Raton office at 561-886-0970 to schedule a consultation with one of our expert providers today.