Lip Filler: Things You Need to Know Before the Needle

By: Our Team


From the King Kylie Instagram era to any tiktok, you've seen lip filler.  But how much information is there really and how much of it is reliable? Lip fillers have become very prominent in mainstream media with bigger lips becoming the desired look. So lets talk about the good, the bad, and the needle. 

What Even is Lip Filler? 

Lip filler is a dermal filler that is injected to add volume and shape the lips. They can correct asymmetry or just enhance your natural features., diminish wrinkles, and restore fullness. Lip fillers are made from hyaluronic acid (HA) , a naturally occurring substance within the  body, to plump and hydrate lips. 

Hyaluronic acid naturally occurs in the body and as we age it will decrease over time. When these levels decrease, it will cause the skin to lose volume while increasing the chance of wrinkles and folds to appear, even on the lips. 

Living Water Medical Spa injectors use Restylane Kysse products to achieve the perfect pout. Restylane dermal fillers are a clear gel formulation of hyaluronic acid that has been designed to be closest to the body's own hyaluronic acid. This allows it to maintain longevity while still creating a natural looking result that allows you to maintain a full range of expressions and being kyssable (we love the pun). 

What to Expect Before? 

Preparation for your injection appointment can start about 2 weeks before your injection if you do a consultation before deciding to get filler. Stop taking aspirin if possible, if you are taking a prescription medication with aspirin talk with your primary care provider about stopping it for your appointment, vitamin E and fish oils as they are natural blood thinners, which can result in increased bruising and swelling. Alcohol before your appointment is a no-no, while we love a good brunch date with the girls and the bottomless mimosas, we encourage you to refrain from it before coming in due to the potential for increased bruising and swelling

While same day consultation and injection is very common practice, it is encouraged to have a consultation appointment. Rushing through this conversation with your injector can lead to expectations not being met and ultimately can end with you not being happy with your results. Your injector needs to know what your goals are and how to reach them in the best way that will create beautiful lips and a happy client. 

Injecting the Filler and Aftercare 

Now it's time for the needle to come out. The needle used for injections is a micro-needle that is inserted into the dermal layer of the skin. About 30 minutes before injections begin, numbing cream will be applied on your lips and given time to kick in. Once your numbed and before pictures are taken, the injections begin. 

The needle will cause a slight sensation once it is inserted into the skin. You can feel a slight pinch and pressure once the filler is injected, it is expanding the skin. There can be light stinging as the skin expands, but there should not be any intense pain. 

The injections can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes depending on the amount and end goals. Bruising and swelling after your injections is normal. Icepacks on the area intermittently can help reduce the swelling.  

After your appointment, do not lay down for around 4 hours it can cause an uneven lip shape. Avoid touching the area for at least 6 hours so you don't injure the area while it is still numb. Minimize strenuous exercise, excessive heat, sun, or UV exposure for the first 24 hours after treatment. Exposure to these can cause redness, swelling, or itching at the injection sites and affect the healing process. Avoid wearing makeup in that time frame as well, there are small puncture wounds that can become infected if makeup is applied.  Wash your face with a gentle cleanser at night, apply a lip balm or Aquaphor to keep your lips moisturized. 

How Do I Look?

In the first few days after the injections, you can experience uneven swelling and bruising, altering the true appearance of the filler. It can take up to 2 weeks before the lips are fully settled, allowing you to see the actual results. Let the lips fully settle before you decide to add more filler (or that you hate them entirely) they need that time to allow the true appearance to be revealed. 


Restylane Kysse is proven to last up to 1 year, but results vary, depending on your personal goals, appearance, and your body's natural metabolism. After your 2 week checkup and potentially more injections, you can have a touch up 6 to 8 months later. 

If you would like to schedule a consult with us, don't hesitate to call! 


*All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.