Lip fillers have recently become the ‘big thing’ (thanks to Kylie Jenner) and it seems everyone is getting them, or at least wanting them. I first got lip filler in May 2016, and since then I’ve had a total of 3.5ml and it’s totally transformed the shape of my lips. I always hated my lips and wanted them bigger; they just didn’t suit my face and made me look so young. Also, after forgetting to wear my retainer post-braces (note to self: don’t do that!) I had to fork out a big chunk of money to get my teeth re-straightened – but because of my thin lips I still hated my smile. So, in this post I’m going to tell you everything about my lip filler experience and hopefully answer any questions you may have had about them!
Does it hurt getting lip fillers?
Honestly, nowhere near as much as you’d think! I’m not majorly squeamish, but if I think about needles and injections too long I can really get myself worked up. I’d say lip fillers are about a 4/10 on the pain scale – you can feel the needle going in and a slight sharpness, but it’s not too bad and the whole procedure is over so quickly that it’s totally bearable. You get numbing cream before the injections, and my best bit of advice is make sure you put the numbing cream on the inside of the lip too; the first time I got mine done, the friend I went with told me this as she used to work with a lip filler practitioner. I know other friends who didn’t apply the cream on the inside of the lip and they say that the injections did hurt!
After the procedure, your lips feel tingly and slightly heavy. I usually don’t bruise too much (except for my top up in December – scroll down for more info!) but this definitely varies dependant on the person – some people bruise a fair bit, but this goes down after a couple of days. Bruising, swelling, unevenness, lumps, tenderness etc are all totally normal whilst your lips are going through the swelling stage though, so don’t panic! I always find that my lips are the most swollen the day after – I wake up and it’s like woah, where did you come from?! You’ll learn to love the swelling stage though – this lasts for a few days (again, this varies from person to person) and at first you’re slightly shocked by how big they get, but as the swelling fades and they reduce you’ll find yourself wishing for them to be that size again!
The swelling stage can be different every time and doesn’t seem to depend on how much filler was used, just sometimes you react differently. I actually think my lips were biggest during the swelling stage after my first 1ml, perhaps because my lips reacted more as they weren’t used to the filler. But, as mentioned earlier, they do go down a lot once the swelling has faded! During the swelling stage you can expect side effects such as lumpiness, bruising, tenderness etc – any extreme symptoms, consult your practitioner, but typically all of these symptoms are fairly normal and varies between individuals based on how they react. The time in December I got my lips done (0.5ml, taking it up to 3ml in total) I had the worst bruising I’d ever experienced – which of course, was the week before my work party! It wasn’t any more painful than the other times, it just was more extreme bruising than I’d previously had. So keep this in mind if you’re planning on getting lip fillers before any big events – leave at least 3 weeks to let them settle incase of any bruising.
How much do lip fillers cost?
So the lady I go to is super reasonable (and so talented) – I pay £180 for 1ml, which is really good compared to the £250-£350 other places charge. I definitely don’t go just for the price though – she had done a few of my friends’ lips and I really liked her work. Without a doubt, go to a practitioner for their work and not the price – it’s not worth risking your lips/face just to save a bit of money! My practitioner uses Juvaderm/Teosyal grade 3 filler, which is one of the best ones on the market.
How long do lip fillers last?
The filler I get is supposed to last 6-9 months, but at the start I’ve was going fairly frequently; this is because I needed to build up the size I wanted first, and then when I reached the right size (when I got to 2.5ml) I now only need to maintain the size with top-ups, which can be more spread apart. I’ve had 3.5mls in total now – 1ml at the start of May, 1ml in July, 0.5ml towards the end of September, 0.5ml mid December and 0.5ml at the start of April. Typically, top-ups should be spaced apart by 6 months as this is the usual amount of time it takes for the filler to decrease, but for me personally I feel my lips go down slightly quicker so I reckon I’ll space my top ups 4/5 months apart instead. I love the size of them now, so I’ll maintain this size and won’t go much bigger. It is super addictive getting them and I can see how easy it is to get carried away, but if your practitioner is a good one (like mine is!) they’ll tell you when to stop and will refuse to give you too much if they don’t think it’ll suit you. The most recent time I went wanting 1ml, but my practitioner only let me have 0.5ml as she didn’t want to risk them going too big.
Lip fillers before and after care
So prior to getting your injections, you’re not supposed to drink – similarly to a tattoo, it thins your blood therefore makes you bleed more during the procedure. In all honesty I’ve gone out the night before (and straight after!) getting lip fillers and it’s not really made much of a difference to bleeding. Afterwards, avoid smoking for 24 hours (the pursed lip action can displace the filler) and avoid sunbeds for 2 weeks. Any minor lumps are normal and can usually be gently massaged out, but for any more major ones you should get in touch with the practitioner and seek their advice – they can either add more filler near it to even it out, or inject some dissolvent to reduce the lump.
To summarise, I’m beyond glad I made the decision to get lip fillers – I’d debated it for so long and was worried incase they went too big after the first ml, but 1ml is just the standard amount and whilst it does make a difference, it’s definitely not enough of one that you’ll absolutely hate it – and if it is, you can just get it dissolved. My lips used to be so dry and cracked and now they’re always hydrated and the shape is much more defined. It’s improved my confidence SO much and I feel like my face looks way more proportionate now I actually have lips!
UPDATE: Considering this is my most viewed post, I thought I’d do a little update and add some more photos and information. Below, the left side collage is before any lip filler, and I feel my face looks slightly odd and I look very young (admittedly, I am younger – but I do feel my thin lips made me look younger, too!). The right side collage is after varying amounts, and I personally think lip fillers makes my face look way more in proportion. In the middle left picture on the right collage I can see they look quite fake/oversized, as I’d used liner and gloss which makes them look plumper, but day to day I’ll just use a plain lip balm and they’re the perfect size for me.
I hope you liked this post, and if you have any questions at all feel free to post them in the comments – I’m happy to answer any queries you may have!
Thanks for reading,