With months of gossip about Kylie Jenner’s sudden but fabulously plush lips it makes you contemplate if juvederm lip injections are really the way to go. I mean, look how great she looks now. It definitely balanced her facial features. She totally went from average to stunning.
I thought I could use a little stunning in my life. So I decided it was time for me to give lip injections a second try!
Lip injections are definitely a little nerve-racking. I mean, what if they are too big? what will I do if they come out with lumpy? Will I be ok if they are super uneven? What if they look ducky and ridiculous? Really, the list goes on. And on. And on (you know what I’m talking about).
All that worry is exactly why it’s so important to choose a doctor that you trust and has an excellent portfolio. I decided to go to Dr. Grigoryants. I know I’ve mentioned him countless times before, but it’s truly a rare find to find a doctor that is knowledgeable and honest, on top of being so down-to-earth. When you go his office, he makes you feel like you are sitting down with a long-time family friend. Call me crazy, but that makes me feel a lot more comfortable with a person who is about to stick a needle in my face.
I scheduled my reservation and went in with my ice chest in hand. We discussed a couple of options and decided to go with the Juvederm Ultra XC. (And since he is so awesome he let me take pictures of the actual process.)
So first, let’s start with a before picture.
Juverderm Lip Injections
And now for the actual process of juvederm lip injections.
The first thing that is done is the numbing cream. It’s applied to the areas which are going to be injected with the filler.
Next, you have to wait for it to make the area numb. I waited for approximately 30-40 mins.
Then, I applied my own ice for 2-3 mins on the area because the ice should help shrink any blood vessels and minimize chances of being hit. Once your wait time is over, the area is wiped off and the injections begin.
As I’ve mentioned in my other lip filler post, there are always more needle pricks than you would expect. And for me personally, my lips are super sensitive! So yea, this area typically hurts.
However, it’s not pain that I would never want to tolerate again.
Since this was my second time, it did seem better than the last time (maybe because I was anticipating pain).
After a few injections the doctor massages the area, moving the product to the right shape and smoothing out any lumps. This does feel like someone is pressing on a fresh bruise.
My family teases me that I have a zero in pain tolerance, so maybe I’m just a baby. But hey, I did this twice. So you can do it, no problem.
Here are the pics of the actual injections, but fair warning: it gets bloody.
What to expect afterwards
By the time that I was out to my car the swelling had begun. My lips still felt numb for the most part, due to the lidocaine in the Juvederm.
For those of you that have never had injections, it always gets worse before it gets better. I looked ridiculous right after from all the swelling. Here take a look:
Haha that second picture makes me laugh.
Those pictures are E-X-A-C-T-L-Y what you don’t want to look like (or maybe you do. I’m not judging). Initial swelling is probably why there is so much immediate panic by a first-timer. So I understand if you’ve never had injections before how that can be very scary.
But calm down and don’t freak out. The swelling will go away and it goes away relatively quickly—typically a few days at the most.
Back to my adventure.
I took some Ibuprofen when I got home. And later that night some of the initial swelling had already gone down. However, I could tell that I was starting to get a bruise (darn!).
Oh well, whatcha going to do. I did love the fullness, even though they were huge at that moment.
First Day After Juvederm Injections
The next day they looked even bigger, and I could see a bruise forming above my lip (double darn!). The lips at this point felt pretty tender, but it’s not too bad.
The Second Day After Juvederm
The bruising definitely got darker. But as far as pain/discomfort/tenderness goes that subsided quickly. I did have a few lumps and if I flipped my lip up I could see them there.
I’ve read that other people were massaging their lips, but I did not massage the product (the lumps eventually went away). My guess is: it’s just trauma and once the swelling goes down they do too.
My lips seemed swollen in the morning when I woke up, and seemed to go down throughout the day. Here is the morning pic and two pictures from later that day.
I usually give myself about three days “recovery” after injections, but yes, I eventually had to leave the house. With the bruise getting darker, the only way to go is a deep colored lipstick and a heavy concealer to cover the bruising. See, you can’t even tell.
The bruises were pretty dark by the third day. AND my bottom lip started to develop a small bruise (*sigh*).
My lips were still bruised. Although I think it looked better than it did yesterday. The skin above my lip though seems about the same. It looks like I have a mustache. lol
I took these pictures right before bed so of course I sleep with dots—enough dots are a good burglar deterrent. Just saying.
The bruising is still there, but they are getting lighter.
I want to note that there are fluctuations between the lips looking fuller and thinner. In addition to flippy/ducky and normal looking. So don’t panic if you notice this. It just seems to happen with lip injections.
At eight days post, the bruises on my lips were finally light enough to wear an opaque nude color lip stick.
Here I am at 11 days post. I rubbed the heck out of my skin above my lip, which seriously made the bruise disappear by the next day. So it seems that massaging an old bruise helps it disappear quickly.
One Month After Juvederm Injections
Two Months After
Six Months After
One Year After
I love the results I got with Juvederm lip injections. So far, I like it more than the Restylane that I had previously because it seems to stay more even. It also seems to be lasting a little better. I do wish that the fullness at the 11 days post would have stayed, because while I feel like my lips are definitely fuller, it’s not as significant as I would like. My lips feel soft, and not lumpy. Lip injections with Juvederm gets two thumbs up from me.
Have you tried lip injections before? Going to give them a shot? Let me know about your experience! Questions are always welcome, so leave them in the comment box. I do check them and respond. This isn’t a ghost blog.
Stay Lovely, XOXO