We all want luscious Angelina Jolie lips, right? Ok, maybe not. But I’m sure most of us smaller lipped people wouldn’t mind having a fuller pout!
My lips have always been on the thinner side—my top lip seeming a little more so than my bottom lip. I noticed that I actually had a hard time closing my lips (without chin dimples) because my upper lip was not as full as it should be. So, I thought that I would be brave and give lip injections a try (Eeek!).
I have to be totally honest, and tell you I was freaking out about ending up looking like a duck. And I had no clue what to expect. Would my lips be hard?
I had been getting fillers in my cheek/under eye area for a while so I felt comfortable going to this doctor for fillers. Plus, he has a very large gallery of lips that he did. And I thought they all looked pretty natural, which is definitely my goal.
Here are some before pictures (the ones in the maroon shirt I took the day of treatment):
Lip Injections – Day of Treatment
The first thing I was instructed to do upon arrival was put numbing cream on my lips.
Man, oh man, it’s weird having your lips numb. I had to let it sit for 45 mins, and somehow I managed to get it on my finger and slowly it was in places it should not be (like my eye)—and you don’t even know that you did that until it’s too late! So just keep your hands off.
Once the 45 minutes were up, the doctor came in and we discussed the potential filler options. We decided that Restylane was going to be the best option for me (not sure about syringe size but I’m sure it was the smaller one). As I mentioned above, I have had fillers in the past (multiple times)in other areas of my face but holy cow did these injections hurt— not so bad that I would never do it again, but definitely a lot more than I was expecting.
The entire procedure only took about 15-20mins. I was then handed the mirror, and I could tell my lips were already swelling and (obviously) a little funny looking. But I knew that the swelling would be gone in a few days and I’d just have to wait for the final product — I secretly kind of liked seeing my lips so full.
Here are my pictures immediately after the procedure:
By the time that I drove home (which is an hour drive) my whole lower face was aching, my lips had gotten really swollen like a cartoon (pretty funny, actually) and my face was swollen too. I hung out for a little bit but the swelling was fairly painful, so I took some Ibuprofen and went to bed early with a very swollen face and lips.
These pictures are at night after I was home and when the swelling was killing me:
Day 2 After Restylane Lip Injections
The swelling in my face had gone down a little bit, but my lips were still pretty swollen. Thank gosh I had nowhere to be for the next couple of days. It hurt to smile or laugh; actually, anything that made my face move too much hurt (but not as bad as day of treatment).
Here are the pictures (Ignore my zit cream. Or don’t. Whatever.):
Day 3 After Restylane Lip Injections
Still swollen, and still a little bit of discomfort. I actually went out in public this day.
A friend of mine saw me and said, “Hey, did you color your hair? You look different. ” I said, “No.”
“Oh. Well, something looks different. You look good, whatever it is.”
Haha I just thought to myself, “I am so glad you can’t tell my face is swollen!” It made me laugh.
Day 4 After Restylane Lip Injections
I can’t believe that my face is still swollen! But not that badly. With the other injections I’ve gotten I’ve never stayed swollen for this long. Luckily, there is no more pain/discomfort.
They do feel soft and natural. Which is a relief, because I thought the product might make them feel hard.
Day 5 After Restylane Lip Injections
I’m pretty sure most of the swelling is gone in my face, but the lips are still slightly pouty.
1 Month After Restylane Lip Injections
This is when I really started to like my lips most. The first couple of weeks I still had a pout going on, but after all the swelling went away they looked very natural.
They still feel soft, and not hard or anything weird. I really love the results and I can actually put my lips together! Wooo-hoo! (yes, I know I’m weird). I do think that I have developed a mucocele on the inside of my upper lip though (it’s small so no biggy).
3 Months After
7 Months After
10 Months After
I think that there may still be a little left, I did notice it takes more of an effort to keep my lips together these days. I think the injections actually helped “train” them though.
I can tell my lips are not as full as before, but they still seem fuller than they did before the injections (wouldn’t that be awesome to get some long term benefits?! Yes. The answer is yes.) I’m considering going again, but I think I’d like to try something a little more permanent/lasting. So we shall see.
My final comments on the subject
I think that the injections are definitely worth it. Restylane really lasted a decent amount of time, and my doctor delivered the natural results I was looking for. I will say that the fullness of my lips would fluctuate, and sometimes seemed a tiny bit uneven (after the 4 month mark). I do highly recommend my doctor for any injections that you are considering. He’s friendly, and always gives me natural looking results.
I will keep you guys updated (of course) on that “permanent” decision—let you know how things go! Please let me know in the comment box if you have given lip injections a try.
*UPDATE: I tried Juvederm for lip injections and OMG. That’s a good OMG. lol*