The main reason I started blogging was so I could share the insider tips of the beauty world and all my insights with you guys. Lip fillers are probably the hottest beauty treatment right now, so I wanted to share my personal experience with lip fillers so you guys can have the best experience if you’re planning to get them. But before I go into detail, I just want to stress that with any cosmetic procedure, it’s something you should definitely put a lot of thought into. It should also be 100% your decision, and if it’s your personal choice, don’t let other people’s opinions change that. I’ve been having fillers on and off for the last five years, and there’s SO much I wish I’d known before I decided to get fillers. From working with some of the best plastic surgeons in the world, here’s everything I’ve learned that you should know before you make an appointment:
1. Research the doctor
This is probably the most important thing, and it’s definitely something I should’ve looked into more for my first time. My first experience was actually a total disaster – the doctor inserted way too much filler, and in all the wrong areas, so instead of a perfectly plump pout, my lips just looked uneven. Please learn from my mistake; read the reviews, study the pictures, and most importantly make sure it’s a board-certified surgeon or board-certified dermatologist specializing in aesthetics. A good doctor will be able to ensure your smile remains in balance and that you look authentic. We know it’s tempting to go for that Groupon deal, but you really want to make sure your surgeon or doctor knows what they’re doing.
When it comes to fillers, take it slow so you avoid having overly filled lips that you might regret. Some surgeons allow you to use half a syringe and come back a couple of weeks later for the rest if you decide that’s what you want.
3. You really need to think, how big?
Before you even make the appointment, you need to think long and hard about how you want your lips to change. For me, I wanted both my upper and bottom lip to look fuller for a ‘juicier lips’ look. A lot of the time, people feel as if they’ve wasted their money as their lips haven’t changed enough or have changed too dramatically. If you do want a noticeable difference, make sure you communicate this with your cosmetic surgeon. For a juicier lip, they should insert the filler directly into your lips, but if you want something more natural, they’ll most likely insert the filler on the rim of your lips.
4. Prep before your appointment
The week before your appointment you can’t take any aspirin, anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen or aleve, fish oil, multivitamins or vitamin E. Each of these vitamins or medications will thin your blood and can cause major bruising post-appointment. This is why it’s also best to avoid alcohol or caffeine 24-hours before and after your appointment as this will help reduce swelling. I like to take Arnica tablets – a homeopathic herb that helps reduce bruising – pre and post-appointment.