Make Your Lips More Kissable for Valentine’s Day

Lip Fillers in Charleston


It is hard to believe that we are already weeks into 2022, but the store aisles full of Christmas decorations have already given way to Valentine’s Day items. Valentine’s Day is all about love and romance, and what is more romantic than a big luscious lip-smacking session? If you want to wow your Valentine this year, consider “plumping” up the volume with more kissable lips by coming to Dr. Tatum’s for lip fillers. Lip fillers are one of the quickest, most noninvasive, and wonderful ways to enhance your appearance while making your smooching sexier – so what are you waiting for? These are all of your lip filler questions answered.

How Are Lip Fillers Used?

Fillers were designed to create volume and to increase the size of your lips. Typically, they are made from either hyaluronic acid-based fillers or collagen, depending on the product you choose. Juvederm is a popular filler that uses hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid works in two ways, while collagen only works in one. Juvederm adds plumping and retains water in the lips to give them a more “natural” look.

How Long Do Lip Fillers Last?

The length of time that your lip fillers last depends on several factors, such as age and which product you use. Usually, it lasts anywhere from four to six months before you will need an enhancement and can sometimes last up until one year.

Is the Industry Regulated?

Unlike Botox injections that are prescription-only, dermal fillers are not. That’s why it is so important to know what type of filler is being used, and to find a trusted professional to administer it!

Are There Before-Care Instructions?

Before a lip filler procedure, it is important that you not smoke, drink alcoholic beverages, use dietary supplements (like St. John’s wort), or take blood thinners. They can all increase the risk of swelling and bruising.

What Happens During the Procedure?

The first step is to numb the lips using a dental block or a topical anesthetic, followed by cleansing the area. Then tiny amounts of lip filler are injected based on ratios of precise measurements of the tops and bottom lips. The practitioner pays special attention to ensuring that the top lip is thicker in the middle for the most natural appearance.

What About Afterward?

After the injection, you can expect a little redness at the injection site, as well as mild pain, tenderness, and swelling. Any discomfort usually subsides within 24 hours after the procedure. If you have persistent swelling or discomfort, it is a good idea to contact your practitioner. It is also recommended not to over-exercise or wear a lot of makeup within the first 24 hours. If you do wash your face, use only a gentle cleanser or water.

What if I Don’t Like it?

When it comes to lip fillers, less is always better. It is a good idea to underfill, rather than overfill. For your first time, we recommend you start small and increase at your next appointment. If your lips are too full, the good news is they will only last a couple of months and will continue to decrease daily.

What Are the Risks and Side Effects?

As with any medical procedure, there are always inherent risks to using needles, including the potential for bruising, bleeding, and infection. Also, some patients have experienced allergies, necrosis, and in severe and rare cases, blindness if the filler mistakenly blocks a blood vessel. If you have any adverse effects, it is a good idea to seek emergency care.

As we approach Valentine’s Day, now is an excellent time to add a little plump to your kiss. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Tatum today to discuss how we can take your lips from lackluster to lush today!