A Dermatologist's Guide To Lip Filler
A Dermatologist's Guide To Lip Filler
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A Dermatologist's Guide To Lip Filler

Ever wonder about enhancing your pout? Learn all about lip filler injections with Dr. Marisa Garshick, board-certified dermatologist, before you book your appointment. 

What Is Lip Filler Made Of?

“Lip filler is most commonly made out of hyaluronic acid which is naturally found in our bodies. In these cases it's synthetically derived to create that gel substance that we can inject into the skin.”

Who Is A Good Candidate For Lip Injections?

“Generally speaking, when it comes to lip injections, it really depends on personal preference. Some people experience volume loss in their lips over time, other candidates I see genetically have thinner lips and are looking for a fuller lip and those who feel like they're noticing the wrinkling of the lips filler can also help to boost hydration and give the lips a nice plumping.”

What Is The General Recovery Process For Lip Injections?

“The process is tolerable, meaning you don't need to make too many changes to your routine for recovery. I typically say to anticipate potential for bruising and swelling that can last up to two weeks, with the worst of it within the first 24 to 48 hours.”

On Average, How Long Does Lip Filler Last?

“Since Lip Filler gradually dissipates over time, we typically see results lasting anywhere between six to 12 months, depending on how your body metabolizes it.”

When Would One Need To Dissolve Lip Filler?

“Dissolving lip filler can be a matter of personal preference. There are situations where a doctor may recommend it if the lip filler placement appears incorrect or improper. The nice thing about filler is it can be dissolved at any point if you decide it no longer suits you, or if migration has occurred.”

What Should You Not Do Before Lip Injections? 

“Ideally prior to lip injections you’d want to avoid anything that can increase your risk of bruising so things like Aspirin, Advil and alcohol for at least 24 hours prior to your appointment.”

What Should You Not Do After Lip Injections? 

“Unless your doctor advises you to, I recommend avoiding massage of the area because you don't want to worsen any swelling or move the filler around. Otherwise, we usually recommend avoiding exercise for 24 hours, as well as alcohol as it can sometimes increase the risk of bruising and swelling.”

After Lip Injections, Is It Appropriate To Use Lip Products Right Away?

“A light, moisturizing product can be applied immediately after lip injections and subsequently, multiple times throughout the day. I generally recommend applying RescueMD’s Restorative Lip Treatment to help hydrate and reduce any swelling or bruising. Alternatively, you can use products like Vaseline or Aquaphor to keep the lips nice and moisturized.”

What Are Some Tips To Reduce Bruising And Swelling?

“Some ways to reduce bruising and swelling are avoiding alcohol and aspirin at least 24 hours prior to your appointment. You could also try taking Arnica, a homeopathic supplement that helps to prevent and reduce the appearance of bruising. I also suggest using a product like RescueMD’s Restorative Lip Treatment which will help to facilitate the healing process and reduce swelling”

Why Do You Like RescueMD Restorative Lip Treatment After Lip Injections?

“What's great is that RescueMD’s Restorative Lip Treatment enhances the overall health of the lips and helps to speed the recovery process by aiding in the reduction of swelling. The treatment also calms the lips, and helps to support the overall lip health with hydration.”

About Dr. Marisa Garshick, Board-Certified Dermatologist

Dr. Marisa Garshick is a Board Certified Dermatologist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medicine. Stay up to date with Dr. Garshick and MDCS: Medical Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery Center on Instagram. Visit MDCS’s website to learn more or to book an appointment with Dr. Garshick in New York City or Englewood, NJ.  

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