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 2.5ml 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 personally don’t bruise too much, only slightly, 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!
Below you can see my lips during the swelling stage, with left to right going from after 1ml, after 2ml in total and the right being after 2.5ml in total. You may notice that they don’t look majorly different, in fact the top left (after 1ml) and the larger right image (after 2.5ml in total) look virtually identical. 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!
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 moment I’ve been going just over once every 2/3 months; this is because I needed to build up the size I wanted first, and then when I reach the right size I’ll only need to maintain the size with top-ups every 6 months-ish. I’ve had 3mls in total now – 1ml at the start of May, 1ml in July, 0.5ml towards the end of September and 0.5ml mid December. I love the size of them now, so I’ll maintain this size and won’t go any 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 though, 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.
I’m so flipping glad I decided to get lip fillers – I’d debated over 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! The next two pictures are a year apart, and I just think my lips make me look older (in a good way!) and like my face is more balanced.
I hope you liked this post, and if you have any questions at all feel free to post them in the comments!
Thanks for reading,