All About The Lips: My Lip Filler Experience
First off, I’ll say this post is long overdue so I’m excited to finally share my personal insight and experience with lip filler and injections. I think I was 23 or so the first time I went in for lip filler and to be honest with you I have a love/hate relationship with it. I love it because it is nice having the fullness and cute pout. On the contrary, there have been times when I’ve gotten my lips done just to miss my smaller, imperfect lips.
With that, I’ll say that if you are interested in getting lip filler for the first time…. hear me when I say that as nice as plumping up your lips can be, you are beautiful and no cosmetic procedure will make you any more beautiful of a person than you already are.
If you’re still reading then you’re probably like me and you’ve already made up your mind that you’re going to get your lips done. In that case, hopefully this post sheds some light on the subject!
For starters: Do your research! Do not, not, not go to anyone off Groupon or someone you have not seen ample examples of their work. This is your face we are talking about…. so, experts only!
Get an idea of the look and level of fullness you’re hoping to achieve before your appointment. You can do this by looking up lip filler hashtags on Instagram, Pinterest, or just scrolling through some of your favorite influencer accounts on Instagram. Save them and bring them to your appointment.
When I get my lips done I bring 3-10 photos that I’ve save on my phone of previous times I’ve received lip filler or lips I think look nice and would like to emulate.
Grab the mirror. While the injector places the filler I like to guide her and let her know if there are any areas I’d like more fullness. If you are new to lip filler I wouldn’t recommend this, as they know the anatomy of your lips far beyond what you do but if you have done it before and know how you like it placed then it could be helpful to you and the injector.
I like to keep my look pretty conservative so I typically use anywhere between 1/2 and 3/4 syringe and I’ve always been pleased with that amount. If you’re new to filler, my suggestion would be to play it safe and go with a 1/2 syringe. Start there and work your way up come your next appointment.
After filler, try to avoid working out, sweating and drinking for at least 24 hours. My lips feel a little tight and chapped afterwards but that’s normal and goes away fairly quickly.
Two main questions I get is “does it hurt?!” and “will it bruise?!” – yes and yes. I mean, beauty is pain…. right? This pain will last about 3 minutes and then you’ll go on enjoying your plump lips that you can’t stop looking at in the mirror so, really, what’s the concern? It’s a small prices we pay, ladies. The bruising varies depending on doctor and technique but nothing a little concealer can’t hide.
I received some questions regarding my experience with lip filler and injections so here we go. Note that these are my answers and based on my personal experience.
Q & A
Is it like Botox in that it fades and you have to continually do it?
That’s correct! Full volume lasts about 4 months and then it slowly starts to fade over time. I like to get mine done once a year and find that to be perfect timing.
What are fillers for on face other than lips? Where can I get them? And do women our age get fillers outside of lips?
Oh boy! There actually are many options! You can fill in your “smile lines”, which are the horizontal lines on each side of your smile….. some women have them and some don’t. Another area would be along the cheek bones which adds volume to your cheeks and gives off a more youthful “lifted” look. I haven’t done this before but I am interested in it! Most women in their late 20’s don’t quite need under eye filler but the option is there. I’ve seen it done before on a friend and the results were pretty amazing.
Will filler stretch out your lips over time?
Let’s compare it to a grocery bag. If you drop 20 oranges in a plastic bag it’s going to stretch right? Right. Don’t overdue it and you will not have to worry about stretching your skin.
Do lips swell and bruise?
Yes, but it’s not a big deal at all. Ice, avoid working out and just laying low for a day or two is the best thing you can do.
Do you do your top? Thoughts on an implant vs filler?
I do my top and bottom lips. I’ve never considered an implant, ever, nor would I suggest it. Go with filler… it’s safe and if there ever come the day you prefer your natural lips you have that choice.
Special shoutout to Dr. Mentz for my lip enhancement. I sincerely appreciate the staff for taking such good care of me, listening to my concerns, and ensuring I got the look I was going for. If you want your lips done and want them done right, give Dr. Mentz a call and let them know I sent you!
Questions or comments? Drop them below!