My Experience With Lip Injections!
Lip fillers in my opinion are the biggest beauty treatment right now, so I wanted to share my personal experience with lip fillers so you guys can have the best experience if you’re planning to get them. But before I go into detail, I just want to stress that with any cosmetic procedure, it’s something you should definitely put a lot of thought into. It should also be 100% your decision, and if it’s your personal choice, don’t let other people’s opinions change that. I’ve had fillers for a year now so I’m basically an expert.......just kidding! However, these are things I’ve learned along the way that I think you should know before you make an appointment:
1. Research, Research, Research
This is probably the most important thing. My first experience was amazing and I was so happy. I got my lips done by Tina at Rejuvenation Medi Spa, Courtney also does fillers there and her work looks like Lip Goals!! BUT, Before I even booked my appointment I practically stalked the medi spa. Please research ; read the reviews, study the pictures, and most importantly make sure the person preforming your service is licensed! A good Nurse/DR will be able to ensure your smile remains in balance and that you look authentic. I know it’s tempting to go for that Groupon deal, Trust me I love a good deal, but you really want to make sure your service provider knows what they’re doing.
2. Take it slow, you can always get fillers topped up
One of the things I love about my lips is that you can't tell I've had them unless you knew my lipless high school self haha!! When it comes to fillers, take it slow so you avoid having overly filled lips that you might regret. Some providers allow you to use half a syringe and come back a couple of weeks later for the rest if you decide that’s what you want.
3. You really need to think, how big?
Before you even make the appointment, you need to think long and hard about how you want your lips to change. For me, I wanted my upper lip evened out, but also a as a whole I wanted them a little bit bigger. So I went and found pictures of people with lips I liked haha like getting a new haircut, I think its good to have visuals. But still keep in mind what you're starting with and that this is the first round, you wouldn't show your stylist platinum hair if you have black hair.....atleast I hope you wouldn't. If you do want a noticeable difference, make sure you communicate this with your service provider. For a juicier lip, they should insert the filler directly into your lips, but if you want something more natural like me, they’ll most likely insert the filler on the rim of your lips.
4. Prep before your appointment
The week before your appointment you can’t take any aspirin, anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen or aleve, fish oil, multivitamins or vitamin E. Each of these vitamins or medications will thin your blood and can cause major bruising post-appointment. This is why it’s also best to avoid alcohol or caffeine 24-hours before and after your appointment as this will help reduce swelling. I will say, I took these recommendations very seriously, I didn't have any bruising at all. I did however swell a good amount as most will.
5. Carefully choose the type of filler and how much
If you rewound ten years, the only real type of filler offered was collagen. But now there are loads of variations; the most common type is hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm and Restylane, which I would definitely recommend. For a plump, pillowy pout try Juvederm, which is a newer variation of the Hyaluronic acid filler. Or, if you want a more natural look, Restylane is a great option. The usual amount of filler per session is one syringe, which is normally 1 ml. I listened to Tina and she gave me 1 syringe in my upper lip to even it out and then less than ½ for my bottom lip to give the natural pout. If you want that “Kylie Jenner lip” effect, you would probably need to go up to two or three ml.
6. The procedure is super quick and the results are almost instant
The appointment usually only takes an hour and tbh a lot of that hour is just speaking with your service provider so they can get an idea of what you really want. You’ll be able to see the results pretty much straight away, but do expect some bruising – they won’t be snap-ready immediately, although any swelling should go down within three days.
They always recommend getting your lips done 1-2 weeks before any big event so you have time for the swelling and bruising to go away.
7. Avoid numbing cream… if you can bear the pain
Most people like me get a numbing cream before the filler is inserted to help cope with the pain – trust me, it’s painful, especially on the Cupid’s bow! But if you can take it, I would advise against it because the numbing cream naturally swells your lips. This means it’s a lot harder to gauge the true effect of the filler when it’s being done. To help see the real impact the filler is having, I find it really helpful to snap the process, to see what it looks like in photos.
I got the numbing cream, and I will say you do puff up some. However, I dont think its enough to make it worth not getting it. With the cream, to me the process was a 1-2 on the pain scale.
8. Know the risks of fillers
As lip fillers are often referred to as a lunchtime procedure, people assume it’s completely risk-free. There’s still a possibility of an allergic reaction and it could lead to an infection. If you’re prone to cold sores, having lip filler could trigger one, so it’s best to take cold sore medication three days before your treatment. And if you get a cold sore before the treatment, based on its location you have to wait for it to heal before receiving the injections.
9. Expect to splash the cash – it’s not cheap
The thing is, lip fillers aren’t permanent and they usually only last for six months. If you like the effect and continually get your lips plumped it can get super expensive. One syringe can cost anywhere between $400 to $1000, and it can actually be quite an addictive process; it’s usually never a one-off, so consider how much you could be spending if you’re paying that much once a year. I was fortunate enough to actually win Rejuvenation Medi Spas Christmas giveaway and actually received my 1st round free, Typically they are $600 a syringe for most Medi-Spas around my area. But lots of spas run deals as well, Rejuvenation currently is running a $100 off special for fillers. I am overdue for a touchup as some may say and I may be taking them up on that deal.
10. You can reverse the effects of fillers
I’ve got to admit that the first time I ever got fillers, I hadn’t put anywhere near as much research into it as I should have. I wish I’d known that if you opt for hyaluronic acid-based fillers (which are the most common), you can get the effects dissolve with hyaluronidase, an enzyme that speeds up the degradation of hyaluronic acid, quickly and safely. Now I have not had an experience where this came in handy butttt someone may need it!
First week with them (December 2018)