IS THERE ANY DOWNTIME AND WHAT CAN I DO TO AVOID THIS?
Plumping injections can often make the lips swell up for a day or two, but properly administered fillers shouldn’t cause the same tell-tale swelling in other areas of the face. Our audit shows 1 in 30 of our patients bruise, and there are also steps you can take to minimise this, although no practitioner can guarantee against such.
If you follow us on social media, you’ll have seen our cannula technique – which is ideal for those of you that swell and bruise typically, or who are worried about this side-effect. This means we don’t stick ANY needles into the lips whatsoever, believe it or not. Blunt cannulas have changed the game for lip augmentation. Through one entry port either side (which requires one needle poke), you can have both upper and lower lips filled with little or no bruising. After applying a full dental block – this is very well tolerated. The other advantage is that swelling is minimized because lips are minimally traumatized. Many patients go straight back to work, or out to lunch without being self-conscious of people looking at them. On the contrary, traditional lip augmentation using needles requires 4-5 penetrations (each time causing discomfort and risking bruising) per quadrant (so you have to multiply this by 4 ). Blunt cannulas push vessels and nerve endings out of the way with their rounded tips so bruising is minimized. Also, most of the pain is in the surface penetration and once under the surface, the blunt cannulas give less discomfort.
Most people swell most the morning following treatment, but it quickly subsides and the vast majority of patients report lip puffiness only for about 48 hours. How you react to the injections is often down to the individual. If you are prone to bruising, it would logically follow that your chances of doing so after this procedure, are elevated. The lips are pink for a reason! They are very vascular and full of blood.
Do you want to see some actual award-winning work? This photograph is the submission of talented work from our new and experienced recruit Dr Sarah, who works in our London office and was entered as a case study for peri-oral work for the Aesthetics Dentistry Awards 2018.
This incredibly painstaking work was performed over 6 months in a bid to totally rejuvenate the patients full face.
10.5 ml of different filler densities, were administered in several sittings, starting in her midface to lift and support her lower face using both used a cannula, and needles for definition. Dr Sarah then went on to enhance her chin, and then cannula her nasolabial (smile) lines. Further to this, 1.5 ml of filler was carefully added to define and fill the lips. The ZO skinhealth anti-ageing range improved skin tone over a period, to polish the diamond so to speak. It's paying due attention to the tiny details, that makes the difference.
Real, overall, rejuvenation of the face takes thoughtful, safe and careful planning and often needs several treatments. This is NOT an overall package and is therefore priced individually. It takes talent, years of experience and quality products. This detailed case study was submitted to Aesthetic Dentistry awards and won our Dr Sarah this well-deserved award for her lower face and perioral work. This lady, without exaggeration, looks a decade younger. All those shadows, lines, wrinkles in the lower face, and signs of dehydrated lips - gone, and in the most beautiful natural way.