Fuller lips are making a comeback, thank you Kylie Jenner, and with that comes with a whole slew of options and information on lip fillers in 2019. I wish I could tell you I chose to embrace my naturally thin lips and not let the perfect pouts on Instagram get to me, but I succumbed to the trend - and, boy, I’m glad I did. With technology and products advancing in the cosmetic industry, achieving fuller lips is easier than ever. Though, as with any type of procedure, there are factors and risks to consider, so doing the proper research is imperative to achieving the pout of your dreams.

The Reference

The first thing to consider is choosing the best doctor for you. Thanks to social media and CosmeticPerks, browsing a dermatologist or plastic surgeon’s portfolio is one of the best ways to achieve the look you’re going for. And that’s exactly what I did! I studied my doctor’s Instagram feed until I bit the bullet and finally instilled my trust in her. Seeing her natural results (which was my desired effect- style/shape/size is a personal decision) solidified my decision and I booked a consultation. Every doctor has their own techniques leading to unique results. Reading reviews and word of mouth or lips, in this case, is also beneficial. 

Once meeting and having a conversation with your doctor about your hopes for the procedure, the next decision lies in the type of filler you want. Fillers can be either permanent or temporary – and in most cases it’s wise to opt for temporary. Temporary fillers contain the main ingredient: hyaluronic acid. Our body naturally produces hyaluronic acid, half of which is found in the skin where it acts as an aid in retaining moisture and plumpness within the skin cells. Fun fact: one gram of HA can hold up to six liters of water! Because it’s a naturally occurring chemical, people tend to feel more comfortable when injecting it into the body. 

The Appointment

During my appointment, my doctor explained the different brands of filler, the pros and cons of each, and the main differences between them all. Talk about overwhelming. Together we made a decision to go with Restylane® Silk. If it’s your first-time getting lip injections, most doctors will suggest starting with one syringe. Because I was terrified of looking duck-like, I opted for ¾ of the syringe. Again, this is a personal choice based entirely on your desired effect. One thing I will note is that if you do opt to use for less than one syringe, ask your doctor to keep the remainder in the fridge for you if you decide you want more after the initial swelling subsides. You can’t pay for ¾ of a syringe, so you might as well get your money’s worth!

Post-Appointment

Swelling and bruising vary from person to person, as we all react differently to needles and injectable fillers. This was something that worried me because I didn’t want to have to hibernate in my apartment for days after my procedure. After reading up on natural preventatives and post-injection remedies, I decided to pick up some Arnica tablets and gel. Arnica is an all-natural anti-inflammatory herb that commonly comes in the form of pills and gels/creams. You can find these at your local Whole Foods or natural-foods market. Luckily I barely bruised, though, I did take Arnica tablets for a few days leading up to my procedure and used the topical gel and ice following the injections. It’s totally normal to notice some initial swelling which can gradually increase along with minor bruising a few hours after the procedure. This usually lasts just a few days, sometimes up to a week, but generally isn’t so severe enough that lipstick can’t conceal it.

My most commonly asked question was, “did it hurt?” Honestly, I was curious about this as well -- being as the lips are an extremely sensitive area. Luckily, numbing agents these days are close to perfect and help an immense amount. My doctor began by putting a numbing topical on as well as explaining that the filler itself contained lidocaine. After the initial poke, the lidocaine was released, and I felt virtually nothing except slight pressure. One thing that will hurt, however, is your wallet.

Final Thoughts

Like many cosmetic procedures, this is not one that’s budget-friendly. Lip injections can range anywhere from $500 to $2,000 depending on the physician, brand, and amount of filler you decide on. And, keep in mind, there’s the upkeep – every six or so months you should repeat this process if you want to keep your newly enhanced pout. From personal experience, I can tell you this process is addictive, once you start you won’t want to let them dissolve. And while there’s nothing wrong with that, be careful not to go overboard – I find it’s easier than you think to overdo lip fillers so you'll want to err on the side of caution. 

The final and perhaps most nerve-wracking test was showing off my new pout to my family and friends. My mom noticed immediately. My friends on the other hand barely noticed without my saying something first. Although surprising, I was quite excited about this because I knew the research I put into achieving a natural yet fulfilling effect had paid off. Overall, I had a great first experience and will most definitely be going back for more.

 

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