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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

When my mother underwent chemotherapy, we spent a lot of time visiting the phlebotomy lab for blood testing. I was always impressed by how easily the phlebotomist was able to find and puncture a vein to draw blood on the first try. I knew there had to be a method to it, and was astounded by how effortless and painless they made the process. It led me to research a lot about blood tests, from drawing to the actual screening. I've created this site to share what I've learned in the hopes of teaching others. The more you understand, the more control you can have over your own health care.


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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

Pucker Up! Everything You Need To Know About Lip Injections

by Francisco Arnold

Have you ever wished your lips looked fuller or more defined? Thanks to advancements in cosmetic procedures, lip injections have become a popular way to enhance the appearance of your lips. Here's what you need to know.

What Are Lip Injections?

Lip injections are a cosmetic procedure that enhances the shape, smoothness, and volume of your lips using dermal fillers. Lip injections can help enhance and balance the shape of your lips or restore volume lost due to aging, smoking, or genetics.

Are There Different Types of Dermal Fillers Used for Lip Injections?

There are many types of dermal fillers on the market. The most common ones used for lip injections are hyaluronic acid fillers, collagen fillers, and fat injections.

  • Hyaluronic Acid Fillers. Hyaluronic acid fillers are the most popular dermal filler for lip injections. It's a natural substance found in the body that helps keep the skin hydrated and plump.
  • Collagen Fillers. Collagen fillers are another popular option. They are made from bovine, pig, or human collagen.
  • Fat Injections. Fat injections are also used for lip augmentation. This procedure involves taking fat from another part of the body and injecting it into the lips.

Are There Any Pre-Treatment Considerations for Lip Injections?

Before getting lip injections, there are a few pre-treatment considerations. Your doctor will evaluate your overall health, review your medical history, and perform an allergy test to ensure you're a good candidate for lip injections.

If you have a history of allergic reactions, cold sores, or an autoimmune disorder, you may not be suitable for lip injections. Certain medications, such as blood thinners, may also need to be avoided before your procedure.

What Is the Procedure for Lip Injections?

The procedure for lip injections is relatively straightforward. Your doctor will evaluate your lips' shape and size to determine the appropriate amount of filler to use. A numbing solution will be applied, and the filler will be administered to your lips using a fine needle. Your doctor will massage your lips to distribute the filler evenly. The procedure is quick and relatively painless.

After your lip injections, you may experience mild swelling, redness, and bruising. Applying ice to your lips can help alleviate any discomfort. Avoid kissing, smoking, or drinking alcohol immediately after, and avoid strenuous exercise for the first few days.

It is important to note that the results of lip injections are not permanent, and you will need to maintain them to keep your lips looking their best. The Cleveland Clinic states that lip injections "typically last 12 to 18 months," depending on the type of filler used, your age, and the speed of your metabolism.

Lip filler can be an excellent way to enhance your lips and improve your overall appearance. By understanding lip injections, the different types of fillers used, and what to expect, you can decide whether lip injections are right for you.