Ohhh HAY! As promised, I wanted to take you guys along on my very first lip filler journey….something I never thought I would actually pull the trigger on.
Did I dislike my lips before deciding to inject them with something that I honestly knew very little about? Nope. In fact, my lips were never one of my insecurities believe it or not. I realize it wasn’t “necessary” and also realize it may seem silly to some (including my husband). Rob always told me that if I were to ever get lip injections, he would be less than thrilled as the “fakey” look just isn’t his thang. Although I respect Rob’s opinion, I’m also pretty hard headed and tend to be a little (okay VERY) impulsive at times.
So I decided to go for it. I took the risk of Rob being repulsed by my new lips.
Where did I go? Total Med Solutions in Plano, Texas. As you know, I’ve been going there for a while and actually had my first photo facial scheduled that same morning. They did SUCH an amazing job with not only my Botox injections but with all of my facials as well. So, I asked about trying out lip injections just to see what a (slightly) plumper upper lip would look like. Floria Askari, M.D. was my injector, and I felt comfortable with her right away since she had done my Botox injections a few months back.
Floria went over all of my options as I stressed to her that I didn’t want the “fake look” and that I wanted it to be very subtle. However, I also mentioned that I didn’t want it to be so subtle to where you couldn’t even tell the difference. After taking everything into consideration, Floria ended up recommending Juviderm Ultra Plus. It’s a common lip filler that adds fullness to the lips and whats even better – it is supposed to last 9-12 months. Restylane is said to only last about six months or so. For me, it was a no brainer. I also went with one full syringe (1 cc).
So I bit the bullet….
I also want to mention that your injector should numb you well enough to where you hardly feel a thing. I have had TONS of questions from you guys asking if it hurt. To answer that question, it’s not the best feeling in the world, but the numbing cream sat long enough (approximately 15 minutes) to where you only feel a few pinches. Not a big deal.
Ice, Ice, Ice. And Arnica. Make sure you ice your lips and apply Arnica as often as you can during the first 48 hours.
I immediately went home (both anxious/excited), iced my lips and slapped on some makeup in preparation for Rob seeing my new lips for the first time. I was a wee bit nervous to say the least, as I didn’t know how bad the swelling would be by the time he got home!
Not bad, right? This was before the real swelling set in… you can see a very slight difference in my upper lip but that’s about it.
Don’t get me wrong – swelling and mild bruising is completely normal and to be expected! Please keep in mind that everyone’s body is different and there are many factors that play a part in how badly you end up bruising/swelling. For example, you aren’t supposed to drink alcohol or take any blood thinners (Ibuprofen, etc.) several days leading up to your procedure.
This next photo was taken the night of the lip injections – you will see a much bigger difference in my top lip. P.S. These pictures are unedited (and unfiltered) so that you can see the real deal. 😉
At this point, I was secretly wondering how much more swelling there would be and I could tell by the look on Rob’s face that he was pretty freaked out as well. I reassured him (many times) that they were very swollen and would continue to settle down every day. I mean come on, I had just had something new injected into my lips that very same day.
Day two rolled around and the swelling already started settling down quite a bit! I texted this very selfie to Rob to see what he thought and he agreed that they were looking much more subtle already…YAY!
Let’s just skip to day four, shall we?
By day four, I put on lipstick for the first time and started to feel really good about my new pout!
It’s been almost a week now, and let me just say that I don’t regret trying out lip fillers. Not only did my injector do a wonderful job, but it’s one of those things that I would have always wondered about if I hadn’t tried it out. In my opinion, as long as what you are doing is safe, temporary, and more importantly makes you feel good – go for it! Just make sure that you do your research, find a reputable injector like Floria at Total Med Solutions, and make sure it’s something you really want to try.
I’m no expert as this was my very first time, but I really hope you found this post helpful if you’ve been curious about lip fillers! This is still very new, so I will be sure to update you guys as they continue to settle. Also, please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions along the way! I’ll always do my best to help you ladies in any way I can.