Hey loves! I told y’all on Instagram that I would share my lip injections in a blog post for those of you with questions, and curious about getting it done yourselves.
My I am going to be completely transparent in this post and keep it 100% real with ya, because I didn’t really know what to expect at all when I initially got mine done and I think it’s important to go into it with a good idea of the procedure and recovery.
I have always been one of those people who have a very normal bottom lip, but my top lip was basically non-existent, especially when I smiled. So for my birthday last November, I decided to fix that and give myself the gift of a top lip. Happy Birthday to me (insert birthday hat emoji).
My first syringe gave me a super natural look and definitely added some fullness. I wanted to add a bit more, so I recently just went back and got my second syringe to completely even out my lips. I will be sharing my experience on both visits.
Ok let’s start from the beginning. I did quite a bit of research and looking around before I finally found a place that I felt I could trust. I researched the different types of fillers out there, what kind of look the provided, how long they last, etc. I also emailed quite a few med spas and cosmetic surgeons requesting pictures of their work to make sure that they knew what they were doing.
I was super excited to schedule my appointment at Personique here in Austin, but I’m not gonna lie, I went in very nervous because lets face it, the idea of needles coming at your mouth is a bit scary, right? Thankfully my hubs went with me, they gave me this cute little stress ball, and I asked them to apply the numbing cream twice. :)
The numbing cream was amazing by the way, I felt a little bit of pressure, and a pinch in one specific spot, but other than that I didn’t feel much. During my very first visit, my lips started to swell pretty badly and begin bruising on one side, so my nurse suggested that we stop injecting and finish the rest of the syringe in a few weeks.
I scheduled my follow up appointment to finish the syringe and even out my lips and went on my way. I went home and kept ice on my lips pretty much non-stop for a few days until the swelling went down. For the bruising and healing I used the best miracle ointment of all time with Frankincense, Helichrysum, Cedarwood, Melaleuca, and Lavender essential oil in it. Literally this ointment is my saving grace for almost everything.
Anyways, the swelling and bruising lasted about a week. I followed the icing and ointment protocol for the swelling and just wore a darker shade of lipstick to cover the bruising. After that week when the swelling and bruising were gone I was so IN LOVE with my lips and the fullness. To me, they were totally worth the few days of recovery.
I went back for my follow up appointment 3 weeks after my initial visit to finish the syringe. It was a super quick appointment and I felt so much more comfortable since I knew what to expect (a huge reason why I am putting together this blog post for you). After that visit, I only bruised a little bit (in the same spot) and the swelling was gone pretty much the next day.
Fast forward to February, I decided to get my second syringe to enhance the natural look from the first syringe and document the whole thing for you on my Instagram Highlights under Lips.
During this visit I did half of the full syringe on my top lip, and saved the rest to go back in a few weeks. I really like the idea of splitting up the syringe to see where the fullness is at when the swelling goes down. If I like the fullness then I can just save the rest of the syringe to add more fullness in a few months as the filler starts to dissolve ( you can save leftover filler for up to 6 months depending on the type). If I feel like I need more to complete the look I am trying to achieve, I can just go back and add the rest. It’s a good option for your first time or two getting fillers.
As I am writing this we are on day 3 of recovery and my lips look amazing! The swelling and bruising are minimal compared to my very first visit with my first syringe. I am following the same healing protocol, and I documenting each day in my Instagram Highlights so you can check them out!
I have zero regrets about getting my lips done, and will gladly continue to get dermal fillers to maintain this look. I really feel like my lips now balance out my facial features and my top lip compliments/completes my bottom lip so much better now.
I think fillers are an excellent option for ladies looking to enhance the fullness of their lips, weather its due to lip lines (wrinkled) or just wanting added fullness. If you are considering getting lip injections, be sure to read my tips and Q&A below.
MY LIP INJECTION TIPS
Research the type of filler you want - Some fillers are less subtle than others and either require more for the fullness you’re looking for or last longer than others.
Find out what type of filler they use - Ask the office or med spa you’re considering working with which fillers they use in their office.
Ask for pics - Always make sure you have before and after pictures available to help you decide which office to go with. Don’t let anyone near your face until you’re confident they know what they are doing.
Get a consultation - Consultations are usually free and will help you figure out the best type of filler for your lips, the lip shape you’re wanting, and how much filler is necessary to get that look.
Plan for recovery - In retrospect I wish I would have scheduled my appointment for a Friday or sometime when I didn’t have things to do for the few days following. Give yourself some time for R&R and don’t schedule IG videos the next day like I did. :)
Get a good healing ointment - I cannot stress this enough, if you bruise you will want something to help the bruising go away and the swelling to go down ASAP.
LIP INJECTIONS Q&A
What kind did you get?
So far, I’ve had a syringe and a half of the Juvaderm Ultra Plus XC
How much does it cost?
Prices vary by office and med spa, but plan on paying $500-$700 per syringe at a quality office.
How long does it last?
Results are said to last up to a year, but I have heard 6-8 months from people who have had them done. I’ll keep ya posted. ;)
Did it hurt?
The injections didn’t hurt so bad, I felt a small pinch and some pressure from time to time.
How long did you bruise?
My bruises were completely gone by day 5.
Where can I get them done?
I would recommend only going to a cosmetic surgeons office, dermatologists office, or med spa with a qualified nurse or doctor.
Hope these tips helped, and if you have questions please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments below or reach out to me directly!