Getting lip fillers is both an art and a science and that’s why if you’ve ever thought about getting your pout plumped a little (or a lot) then you need to do your homework. It always – and I mean ALWAYS – pays to do your research before jumping into anything like this. While lip fillers are not permanent they do last for up to nine months so you want to get it right the first time.
Take a look at what happened when I got my lips done today in the short video below and then scroll down for my personal tips and hints on getting it right.
LIP FILLER CHECKLIST
Get a recommendation If you know someone who has had great work done then find out where they went. You want to go to someone who is a trained professional and who can show you before and after pictures of their work. A close friend of mine recommended me to a local clinic called Appearance By Kelly and the lovely nurse, Kelly Post, had treated a number of mutual friends so I knew I was in safe hands.
Manage your expectations As much as you’d like to get a Kylie Jenner pout it’s highly likely that it’s not possible or more importantly practical for you. Sit down and have a good chat beforehand with whoever is treating you so you are both on the same page and you’re not surprised by the results at the end of your treatment.
Pain relief My nurse offers a full dental block which leaves your mouth numb for hours or numbing cream. I opted for numbing cream because I hate the feel of a numb mouth. I found the numbing cream worked fine for me but I do have quite a high pain threshold. There were a few areas that were a bit scratchy but it really wasn’t bad at all. It was probably about a one or two out of 10 with 10 being really painful.
Bruising and swelling The filler that was used on me is called Belotero Balance and it’s famous for reducing the chance of swelling and bruising post treatment. This was a biggie for me because I really don’t have time to hide away from the world for a few days. Immediately after the treatment I had a few needle marks and a tiny bit of bruising but that’s all. The other benefit of this type of filler is that it gives a really naturally looking result and again I didn’t want to look “done” – I wanted my lips to look as natural as possible so this was the perfect product for me. Even though Kelly said my lips may feel a little tender for a couple of days I can honestly say they haven’t been sore in the slightest. I know that seems hard to believe but it’s true. My bottom lip has a few small bruises right on my lip (see below) but these would be easily covered with lipstick and not bad considering this pic was taken less than 24 hours after getting them filled.
The result I’m really thrilled with how my new lips look. In fact, they actually look exactly like they did when I was about 20. So basically they haven’t changed shape as such but some of the fullness has been restored which I love.
If you have any questions about this procedure please leave them in the comments below and I’ll be happy to answer them.