Choosing the correct practitioner
We believe this is one of the most important factors you need to consider before booking any aesthetic appointment, whether it be Botox, lip filler, facial filler etc.
We advise patients to check out their practitioners qualifications, not necessarily how many years’ experience, but more so the situations and emergencies they have dealt with of course reviews are always helpful.
Your practitioner should have an array of images on their website, social media etc so that you can see if you like their work. Their vision should align with yours, so please don’t get sucked into cheap prices and fads. Ask as many questions possible and have a sound mind before going ahead.
Are lip fillers safe?
The short answer, yes. The long answer, yes but as with any non-surgical procedure there will always be a small element of risks.
Dermal fillers (lip filler) are made up of hyaluronic acid, an FDA approved medical device. Your body naturally produces hyaluronic acid, so the chances of the synthetic version being harmful to you as a patient are very slim. However the application of how the hyaluronic acid is used could be harmful in the wrong hands.Your practitioners skillset, training and experience will have an impact on how safe the treatment is.
Facial anatomy is vital in an aesthetics role because knowing where to inject could very well be the difference between keeping you safe and possibly running into complications.
We advise patients to conduct thorough research into your chosen aesthetics provider before commencing with treatments. Your face is far too important to put in the hands of someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing.
How much lip filler will I need?
Probably the most common question we get asked in clinic, on social media, on our website, on Google! And our response every single time? As much that is required for it to look good! The first check you need to carry out as a prospective patient is that your potential practitioners work aligns with your vision. From there you can have a conversation whether Xml is suitable for you. You should comfortable enough to trust your practitioner and what they suggest to give you a natural look.
Another quote we regularly use in clinic is that “if it isn’t broke, don’t try and fix it”. Less is certainly more when it comes to facial aesthetics. At Aestheticlinix we focus on enhancing natural features rather than trying to distort them.
Do lip fillers hurt?
This is quite a difficult question to answer, as pain tolerances can vary from patient to patient. At Aestheticlinix we use different methods to help soften the discomfort of lip filler. This comes in the form of topical numbing cream, lidocaine (numbing agent) within the injection itself and stress ball(s) to help keep the focus away from the process and use as a distraction tool. Afterwards your lips will most likely feel tender and swollen for a few days, but no intervention for ‘discomfort’ needs to be given post procedure.
What can I do to prep before my appointment?
We advise patients a week before their treatment time, to avoid taking any antiplatelet medication, in other words any medication that will thin the blood such as aspirin and clopidogrel.
There are natural blood thinners such as Vitamin E, fish oil and garlic capsules that we also ask patients to avoid. Paracetamol is fine to take.
We encourage patients to avoid alcohol 48 hours prior to injection and to make us aware should you have any history of, or currently have any active cold sores. These are not contraindications, but you can run the risk of severe bruising (haematoma) if you drink alcohol, or activating the herpes virus simplex (cold sores) if you are prone to them.
We welcome you to clinic for a no obligation consultation where we can discuss further how we can help you.