Lip Fillers: A first-timer’s guide

Guide to Lip Filler Treatment and Post-procedure Care.

A guide to Lip Filler Treatment and Post-procedure Care.

A non-surgical method for enhancing lip volume and shape, lip fillers have become increasingly popular in recent years.

When considering this procedure for the first time, it’s important to understand the procedure, what to expect, and the benefits. This guide is for those embarking on their first lip filler experience and provides useful information. 

Understanding Lip Fillers

Lip fillers, also known as a lip augmentation or lip injections, involve the placement of dermal filler into the lips. This is done to enhance their volume, shape, and overall appearance. At the Academy Clinic, we use premium fillers, like Juvederm.These fillers are typically made of hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring substance in the body. Hyaluronic acid contributes to volume and helps maintain hydration. In addition to thin lips and fine lines, lip fillers can address asymmetry, volume loss, and signs of ageing.

The Side Effects

The risks and side effects of any cosmetic injectable treatments should also be taken into consideration. At the Academy Clinic, your provider is a qualified and experienced healthcare professional. It’s essential to discuss expectations and desired results with them


During the consultation, your medical professional will discuss your desired outcome, concerns, and expectations. The practitioner will evaluate your facial features, lip structure, and overall health. This will determine the appropriate treatment plan, which will be tailored to your specific needs. Having your own  personalised plan is essential for ensuring you get your desired results and that the procedure is performed safely.

How to prepare for your lip filler appointment

Your practitioner should make you aware of the best way to prepare for your lip filler appointment. It will typically include taking the following actions:

Avoiding alcohol and ibuprofen for 24 hours before your appointment to reduce bleeding and bruising.

You cannot be treated if you have an active cold sore, so will need to reschedule your appointment.

What happens during your procedure

On the day of the procedure, you should typically  follow these steps:

  1. Numbing: Topical anaesthesia or a local anaesthetic injection may be used to minimise discomfort during the procedure.
  2. Injection Process: The practitioner will carefully inject small amounts of the chosen dermal filler into specific areas of the lips. By doing so, volume loss or asymmetry will be strategically targeted. They will constantly assess your face throughout to ensure a natural-looking result.
  3. Massage and Evaluation: After the injections, your practitioner may massage the treated area to distribute the filler evenly and assess the outcome. Adjustments can be made if necessary. However, it’s important to account for swelling following your treatment, especially as a first-time patient.

Recovery and Aftercare

Following your lip filler treatment, swelling, bruising, and tenderness are normal. These effects are temporary and should subside within a few days. To promote proper healing and achieve optimal results, consider the following aftercare tips:

  1. Avoid touching: Refrain from touching or massaging the treated area for at least 24 hours to prevent infection.
  2. Hydration: Stay well-hydrated
  3. Avoid Strenuous Activities: Refrain from vigorous exercise, sauna sessions, or activities that may increase blood flow to the face for at least 24 to 48 hours.
  4. Avoid using make-up in the treatment area for 24 hours.
  5. Follow Post-Treatment Instructions: It is essential to adhere to any specific post-treatment instructions provided by your practitioner to ensure optimal healing and results.

Results and Maintenance

Lip fillers typically show results immediately after the procedure. Your full effects may take a few days to appear as the filler settles and the initial swelling subsides. The duration of results varies depending on the type of filler used, individual metabolism, and lifestyle factors. Generally, lip fillers last between six months to a year. To preserve your results, we may recommend follow-up treatments.

We Hope this Guide to First Time Lip Fillers was Helpful!

Lip fillers can be an excellent option if you’re seeking to enhance your lip volume, symmetry, or overall appearance, whether for beautification or rejuvenation. Getting natural-looking, fuller lips is possible with the right information, a reputable medical aesthetics practitioner, and proper aftercare.

Remember, the key to a successful experience lies in thorough research, open communication, and choosing a properly qualified, cosmetic doctor, dentist or nurse practitioner, like at the Academy Clinic.
That’s why a comprehensive consultation is essential. During this consultation, we thoroughly explore your concerns, goals, and medical history.

With the right precautions taken, lip filler treatments can provide the natural-looking and fuller lips they desire, without compromising on comfort or safety.

Addressing concerns:

  1. Concern: Will it be painful?

Answer: There may be some discomfort, however, our practitioners have techniques to reduce this, like the application of local anaesthetic.

  1. Concern: Will they swell?

Answer: Everyone is different, and most patients who have lip fillers will experience some degree of swelling during and up to 2 weeks after treatment. We will advise you on how to manage this.

  1. Concern: Will my lips bruise?

Answer: The lips have lots of blood vessels, so there may be some bruising. It is best to have lip fillers at least 4 weeks before any big events.

  1. Concern: What if they get too big?

Answer: This is unlikely, and we will advise you on the most appropriate amount. We usually start low and go with the flow, as we can build on your results slowly so that you can have natural results.

  1. Concern: I am scared they will look unnatural!

Answer: This is such a common concern. Using an experienced medical practitioner who understands you is key. That is why we focus on really understanding your needs first. 

  1. Concern: What if I change my mind?

Answer: That’s fine. Visit us to gather all the information you require; we never exert pressure on you to undergo treatment. The decision to proceed will always be yours.

  1. Concern: What’s lip filler migration?

Answer: This is when filler becomes visible in areas that are beyond the treatment zone. It can happen from immediately to a couple of months after treatment. Treatment carries a risk, but if it occurs, we can dissolve it.

  1. Concern: I want an experienced professional to treat my lips, it’s my first time! 

Answer: This is fine, just pick a Demo appointment.

  1. Concern: My lips may look fake afterwards!

Answer: This is unlikely at the Academy Clinic. Our methods are all about natural looking, rejuvenated lips. We aim to match your goals with your results.

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